Tangenziale di Padova

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The 'GRAP' (Grande Raccordo Anulare di Padova) is the orbital motorway surrounding Padua, northern Italy. It is also called Tangenziale di Padova.

Usually, it consists of 2 lanes and 1 emergency lane for a dual carriageways. The only exception is the Padova Est (East Padua) bridge, which has 3 lanes and 1 emergency lane.

On almost all the beltway, the speed limit is 90 km/h and filling stations are present. A regular service of gritters is active during winter, including snowploughs when needed.

The actual GRAP was built between 1963 and 2005, the south and west parts being the oldest ones, and the north and Limena parts the most recent ones. A new path is planned, building new west and north highways to bypass the entire Paduan metropolitan area.

The GRAP consists of the following freeways.

Tangenziale Nord[edit]

The North Beltway runs parallel to the A4 motorway, connecting the areas of Padova Ovest (West Padua) and Padova Est (East Padua), where it connects to the A4. It is the only part of GRAP to have 110 km/h speed limit and not to have any filling station.

Exit Number
AB-AS-blau.svg Tangenziale Est di Padova
AB-AS-blau.svg Strada Regionale 308 del Santo per Castelfranco V.to
AB-AS-blau.svgPadova Statale Noalese MA Route 19.svg
AB-AS-blau.svg Padova Via Pontevigodarzere - Q.ri Pontevigodarzere/Arcella
Stadio del PlebiscitoRWB Stadion.svg
Sinnbild P-R.svgP+BusSinnbild Kraftomnibus.svg
Sinnbild P-R.svgP+TRAMZusatzzeichen 1048-19.svg under construction
MA Route 20.svg
AB-AS-grün.svgPadova Casello Padova Ovest Autostrada A4 Italia.svg MA Route 21.svg
AB-AS-blau.svg Tangenziale Ovest di Padova

Tangenziale Est[edit]

The East Beltway connects the areas of Padova Sud (South Padua, where it connects to A13 motorway) and Padova Est (A4). It runs through the residential and the main industrial areas of the city of Padua (the Padua Industrial Zone, or ZIP). The northern part, called Corso Argentina and Corso Kennedy, was built between 1963 and 1970[1] as the main north-south axis for commercial traffic of the Padua Industrial Zone, together with the construction of this large industrial area; while the southern part was built more recently, between the late 1990s and early 2000s (decade).

Exit Number
AB-Kreuz-grün.svg Autostrada A13|Barriera di Padova Sud Autostrada A13
AB-AS-blau.svg Tangenziale Sud di Padova
AB-AS-blau.svgPadova Via Guizza - Q.re Guizza - Albignasego Sinnbild P-R.svgP+TRAMZusatzzeichen 1048-19.svg MA Route 10.svg
AB-AS-blau.svg Padova Via Bembo - Q.re Salboro MA Route 11.svg
AB-AS-blau.svg Padova Via Piovese - Q.re Voltabarozzo - Sinnbild P-R.svgP+BusSinnbild Kraftomnibus.svg
Italian traffic signs - ospedale.svg Ospedale Sant'Antonio e Ospedale Centrale - Zona Ospedali
MA Route 12.svg
AB-AS-blau.svgPadova Corso Stati Uniti - RWB Industriegebiet.svg
Padova Zona Industriale - Interporto
Casello di Padova Zona IndustrialeAutostrada A13 Italia.svg
Raccordo Autostradale A4 - A13
MA Route 13.svg
AB-AS-blau.svgPadova Via Vigonovese RWB Industriegebiet.svg MA Route 14.svg
AB-AS-blau.svgPadova Viale della Navigazione Interna RWB Industriegebiet.svg MA Route 15.svg
AB-AS-blau.svgPadova Viale dell'Industria RWB Industriegebiet.svg MA Route 16.svg
AB-AS-grün.svg Padova Casello Padova Est Autostrada A4 Italia.svg
Sheraton Padova Hotel - Ikea
MA Route 17.svg
AB-AS-blau.svgPadova San Lazzaro - Quadrante Est
Centro città - Padova San Lazzaro railway station (under construction)
Ponte di Brenta railway station
MA Route 18.svg
AB-AS-blau.svgTangenziale Nord di Padova
AB-AS-blau.svgItalian traffic signs - strada extraurbana principale.svg SR 308 Del Santo

Tangenziale Ovest[edit]

The West Beltway covers the western part of the city and runs inside it. It is also referred to as the Corso Australia (Australia Boulevard) from the city name of its main part. It is the second oldest beltway of the city, initially intended just as a junction between Padova Sud and Padova Ovest motorway tolls, and this is the reason why the carriages are so narrow and it passes through the west part of the city and not out of it.

Exit Number
AB-Kreuz-grün.svg Autostrada A4|Barriera di Padova Ovest Autostrada A4
AB-AS-blau.svg Tangenziale Nord di Padova SS 47
AB-AS-blau.svgPadova Via Po - Q.re San Bellino MA Route 1.svg
AB-AS-blau.svg Padova Via Rocco - Stadio Euganeo RWB Stadion.svg MA Route 2.svg
AB-AS-blau.svg Padova Via Montà - Q.re Montà - Sinnbild P-R.svgP+BusSinnbild Kraftomnibus.svg MA Route 3.svg
AB-AS-blau.svgPadova Via Chiesanuova - Rubano-Sarmeola
Padova Campo Marte railway station
MA Route 4.svg
AB-AS-blau.svgPadova Via dei Colli - Via Sorio - Q.re Brusegana
Padova Airport RWBA Flughafen(R).svg
MA Route 5.svg
AB-AS-blau.svgBretelle in direzione di Abano Terme e Selvazzano Dentro MA Route 6.svg
AB-AS-blau.svgTangenziale Sud di Padova

Tangenziale Sud[edit]

The South Beltway is the shortest one, connecting Tangenziale Ovest to A13 motorway and Tangenziale Est; a short part, immediately coming from A13 (Padova Sud), has a 130 km/h speed limit, as most Italian motorways.

Exit Number
AB-AS-blau.svg Tangenziale Ovest di Padova
AB-AS-blau.svgPadova Via Armistizio MA Route 7.svg
AB-AS-blau.svg Padova Via Adriatica
Strada Statale 16 Italia.svgStrada Statale Padova Lecce
MA Route 8.svg
AB-AS-grün.svgPadova bretella ingresso autostrada A13 Autostrada A13 Italia.svg barriera di Padova Sud MA Route 9.svg
AB-AS-blau.svg Tangenziale Est di Padova

Tangenziale di Limena[edit]

It is the continuation of Tangenziale Ovest toward north-west. It does not run in the city area but immediately outwards, bypassing the town of Limena.

SR308 Nuova Strada del Santo[edit]

The Strada Regionale (Regional Road) 308, also called Nuova Strada del Santo (New Saint Road, where the Saint stands for Saint Anthony of Padua) is not usually included in the GRAP, but it is still connected to it. It runs in the north-east, being the straight continuation northward of Tangenziale Est, for several kilometers in the Paduan countryside, to the town of Castelfranco Veneto (in the Treviso countryside), a path fully completed in early 2011.[2] It is a single carriageway and the speed limit is between 70 km/h and 90 km/h.

Future Projects[edit]

The GRAP will be expanded, in order to bypass north and west parts of the city, so having a better connection to hinterland towns, de facto doubling the orbital motorway to the west and to the north.[3] Works should begin before the end of 2011: but, in fact, they are already under way with the construction of the bretella for Selvazzano Dentro.

The junction roads (bretelle) for Abano Terme and Selvazzano Dentro from Tangenziale Ovest are currently under construction: their end date has moved on, due to some trouble of the contractor enterprise, and they should be completed between October 2011 (Selvazzano)[4] and spring 2012 (Abano).[5]

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