A12 Motorway (Netherlands)
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A12 Motorway Netherlands

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A12 motorway
Rijksweg 12
Location of the A12 motorway
Major junctions
West endThe Hague
East endLobith
ProvincesSouth Holland, Utrecht, Gelderland
Highway system

The A12 motorway is a motorway in the Netherlands. The road connects the city of The Hague with the German border, near Zevenaar, and the German Autobahn BAB 3. On its way, it crosses three Dutch provinces: South Holland, Utrecht, and Gelderland.

European routes

The A12 motorway runs along with parts of three major European routes:

The A12 near The Hague

A12 as highway in The Hague.

The section of the A12 road within the city of The Hague (near exits 1, 2 and 3) is actually not a motorway, but a highway. This part of the road, known as the Utrechtsebaan, is too narrow to meet the Dutch requirements for a motorway (for example, it does not have a shoulder), and is therefore a highway with a maximum speed of 70 km/h.

To avoid local traffic from using this heavily congested part of the road, exits 2 through 4 are built as incomplete exits. These exits only feature westbound exits and eastbound entrances, so they can only be used by interlocal traffic. Local traffic is therefore forced to make use of the available local roads.

'Branding' controversy

In 2008, a government programme on route branding, under an umbrella project in urban planning, put stickers on all streetlights of the A12, citing efforts to give it a "route 66-like" allure. This plan, dubbed the "regenboogroute" (rainbow route), received news coverage because of its alleged trivial results (stickers on streetlights) and high costs (EUR120 000).[1]

Exit list

The NetherlandsSouth HollandThe Hague10.621 northeast (Benoordenhoutseweg) / (Zuid Hollandlaan / Benoordenhoutseweg) - Wassenaar, Scheveningen
21.22Juliana van Stolberglaan / Prins BernhardviaductWestbound exit and eastbound entrance
The Hague / Leidschendam-Voorburg
municipality line
31.93SchenkkadeWestbound exit and eastbound entrance only
Leidschendam-Voorburg53.14 southwest (Maanweg) / Prins Bernhardlaan - Rijswijk, VoorburgWestbound exit and eastbound entrance only
The Hague63.7-- / / West end of E 30 overlap
74.35Donau / Koning Willem-Alexanderviaduct
Zoetermeer138.16Zuidweg / AfrikawegEastbound exit and westbound entrance only
Waddinxveen2717-- / West end of E 25 overlap; eastbound entrance and westbound exit only
352212aWestbound exit and eastbound entrance only
392413Molendijk / Verlengde Tuurluur
Utrecht543415 /
5735-- / / East end of E 25 overlap; west end of E 35 overlap
Amsterdam–Rhine CanalGalecopperbrug
613818 south (Laagravenseweg) / Waterlinieweg - Nieuwegein, Utrecht
6239-- / / East end of E 30 overlap
BunnikDe Forten rest area
Eastbound exit and entrance only
Bunnik684219 south (Schoudermantel) / Baan van Fectio - Bunnik, Odijk
Utrechtse Heuvelrug714420 east (Hoofdstraat) - Driebergen, Zeist
774821 - Maarn, DoornEastbound exit and westbound entrance only
815022 (Woudenbergseweg) - Maarsbergen, Woudenberg, Leersum
Bloemheuvel rest area eastbound
Oudenhorst rest area westbound
Renswoude / Veenendaal
municipality line
925723 north (Nieuweweg-Noord) / Rondweg-West - Veenendaal
Utrecht / Gelderland
province line
Veenendaal / Ede
municipality line
1046523a south (Rondweg-Oost) / Rondweg De Klomp - Veenendaal
GelderlandEde10766-- north - Ede
1096824 south (Dr. W. Dreeslaan) - Ede, Bennekom
Buunderkamp rest area eastbound
't Ginkelse Zand rest area westbound
1207525 (Verlengde Arnhemseweg / Amsterdamseweg) - Ede, Arnhem
Arnhem12175-- south - HeelsumWest end of A50 overlap
De Schaars rest area
Westbound exit and entrance only
12880-- north (Delhuijzenweg) - BeekbergenEast end of A50 overlap
1298026 (Apeldoornseweg) - Arnhem
13483-- east (IJsselweg) / west (IJsseloordweg) - Rheden, Arnhem
GelderlandDuiven1368527 east (Rivierweg) - Lathum, Westervoort
1388628 south (Noordsingel) - Duiven
Oudbroeken rest area eastbound
Aalburgen rest area westbound
Zevenaar1438929 east (Nieuwe Steeg / Tatelaarsweg) / (Doesburgseweg) - Didam, Zevenaar
14791-- east - DidamEastbound exit and westbound entrance only
1499330 (Beekseweg) - Babberich, Beek
2theloo rest area
Northbound exit and entrance only
-- / east - Babberich, EltenBorder with Germany; this road continues as the German A 3; east end of E 35 overlap
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


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