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The A16 autoroute – also known as L'Européenne and forming between Abbeville and Dunkirk a part of the larger Autoroute des estuaires – is a motorway in northern France.

A16 autoroute shield

A16 autoroute
Route information
Part of E 40
Length319 km (198 mi)
Major junctions
South endPresles
 Junction 17.svg Autoroute A29.png
A29 autoroute

Junction 18.svg Autoroute A29.png
A29 autoroute
Junction 23.svg Autoroute A28.png
A28 autoroute

Junction 48.svgAutoroute A26.png
A26 autoroute
North endGhyvelde
Major citiesAmiens
Highway system
Autoroutes of France
The A16 motorway on the Echinghen viaduct near Boulogne-sur-Mer (Pas-de-Calais)

The motorway, which has a total length of 319 km (198 mi), starts at L'Isle-Adam in Île-de-France and ends at the Belgian frontier near Bray-Dunes, serving en route Beauvais, Amiens and Abbeville in Picardy, Boulogne-sur-Mer, Calais and Dunkirk in Nord-Pas-de-Calais. From Abbeville, the A16 runs parallel to the English Channel and then the North Sea coast.

The motorway was built in the 1990s to relieve the congested RN1 between Paris and the Côte d'Opale (Boulogne and Calais). Between L'Isle-Adam and Boulogne it is operated by the Société des Autoroutes du Nord et de l'Est de la France (SANEF) and is tolled. From Boulogne to the Belgian border the road is managed by the Direction Départementale de l'Équipement (DDE), which does not impose a toll.

List of junctionsEdit

Junction number & name Northbound exits Southbound exits
  10 RN1, RN184, Presles RN1, RN184
  11  RD 922, RN1, L'Île-Adam, Mours, Beaumont-sur-Oise RD 922, RN1, L'Île-Adam, Mours, Beaumont-sur-Oise
  12  RD 924, Persan, Chambly
  Péage d'Amblainville
  13  RD105, Méru RD105, Méru
  Aire de repos de Lormaison
  Aire de repos d'Auteuil
  14  Beauveais sud RN1, Beauvais RN1, Beauvais
  15 Beauvais RN31, Beauvais RN31, Beauvais
  Aire de repos du Chêne Peuquet
  16 RD930, Breteuil, Hardivillers-en-Vexin RD930, Breteuil, Hardivillers-en-Vexin
  Aire de repos de Hardivilliers
  Aire de repos de laVallée de la Selle
  17 A29 A29
  18  RN29, Amiens, Salouël RN29, Amiens, Salouël
  28.1 A29 A29
  19  Amiens Amiens
  20  RN1, Amiens RN1, Amiens
  Aire de repos de Vignacourt
  21  RN1, Ville-le-Marclet RN1, Ville-le-Marclet
  Aire de repos du Haut Clocher
  22  Abbeville est RD925, Abbeville RD925, Abbeville
  23 Abbeville nord A28 A28
  Aire de repos de la Baie de Somme
  24  Côte Picarde RN1, RD32 Forest-Montiers, Nouvion RN1, RD32 Forest-Montiers, Nouvion
  Aire de repos du Bois de la Commanderie
  25  RD303 Berck-Plage RD303 Berck-Plage
  26  RN39, Le Touquet, Étaples RN39, Le Touquet, Étaples
  Aire de repos des Falaises de Widehem
  27  RD308, Neufchâtel-Hardelot RD308, Neufchâtel-Hardelot
  28  Boulogne sud RN1, Boulogne-sur-Mer, Hesdin-l'Abbé, Isques RN1, Boulogne-sur-Mer, Hesdin-l'Abbé, Isques
  Péage de Herquelingue
  29  Boulogne ports RN1, Boulogne-sur-Mer, Outreau, Le Portel RN1, Boulogne-sur-Mer, Outreau, Le Portel
  30  RD341, Boulogne-sur-Mer, Saint-Martin-Boulogne
  31  Boulogne est RN42, Boulogne-sur-Mer RN42, Boulogne-sur-Mer
  32  Boulogne nord Boulogne-sur-Mer Boulogne-sur-Mer
  33  RD940, Wimereux, Wimille RD940, Wimereux, Wimille
  34  Wacquinghen
  Aire de repos de L'Épitre
  35 RD241, Marquise
  36  RD191, Marquise RD191, Marquise
  37 Saint-Inglevert
  Aire de repos Les Deux Caps
  38  Saint-Inglevert
  39  RD243, Bonningues-lès-Calais RD243, Bonningues-lès-Calais
  40  RD215, Peuplingues, Fréthun RD215, Peuplingues, Fréthun
  41  Coquelles, Sangatte Coquelles, Sangatte
  42  Tunnel Channel Tunnel Channel Tunnel
  43  Calais centre RD305, Calais RD305, Calais
  44  Calais st-pierre Calais Calais
  45  Entrance only
  46  RN43, Calais RN43, Calais
  47 A26 A26
  Aire de repos du Beau Marais
  48  RD247, Marck RD247, Marck
  49  Marck Marck
  Aire de repos d'Offekerque
  50  RD219, Nouvelle-Eglise RD219, Nouvelle-Eglise
  51  RD218, Saint-Folquin RD218, Saint-Folquin
Change of numbering

Future extensionsEdit

An extension of the A16 south to the Francilienne, the outer Parisian ringroad Is currently under construction. The section will open in 2020.

This new 8.5 km (5.3 mi) long section wil be operated by the SANEF.

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