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A50, the section of Rijksweg 50 that is constructed as controlled-access highway, is a north–south motorway in the Netherlands, running from Eindhoven in the province of North Brabant, northwards passing by the cities of Oss, Nijmegen, Arnhem and Apeldoorn, to its northern terminus in the province of Gelderland near the city of Zwolle.

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A50 motorway
Rijksweg 50
Motorways in the Netherlands with A50 and N50 bolt
Route information
Part of E 31 / E 35
Maintained by Rijkswaterstaat[1]
Major junctions
South end E 25 / A2 in Eindhoven
 
North end E 232 / A28 / N50 in Hattem
Location
ProvincesNorth Brabant, Gelderland
Highway system
A44A58

The highway is maintained by Rijkswaterstaat.[1]

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Route descriptionEdit

It passes the cities of Eindhoven, Den Bosch, Oss, Nijmegen, Arnhem, Apeldoorn and Zwolle.

HistoryEdit

During the Second World War the Highway was known as Highway 69. Since 1969, it is known as N69 and has that name now only between the border of Noord-Brabant and European route E34.

The highway was an important and only avenue of advance during Operation Market Garden, and after the fighting along its length between Allied and Wehrmacht forces it was named "Hell's Highway"[2] so named because of the effective artillery fire directed at it by the German forces in the area.[3] During the fighting some 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) of the highway south of Eindhoven was jammed with wrecks of vehicles being attacked by up to 200 Luftwaffe bombers[4] requiring bulldozers and blade-equipped tanks to roam the length, pushing them off the surface to keep traffic moving. The wrecks on the soft shoulders of the highway prevented its use by other vehicles,[5] in effect converting the highway into a narrow corridor, and slowing the movement on it to a crawl for the Allied drivers.

The fighting along N69 is depicted in a recent computer game Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway.

Exit listEdit

ProvinceMunicipalitykmmiExitDestinationsNotes
North BrabantEindhoven0.0000.000   E 25 / A2 – Best, Eindhoven, Oirschot
6Ekkersrijt
Son en Beugel7John F. Kennedylaan
8  N620 west (Bestseweg) – Best, Son en Beugel
Sonse Heide rest area
Southbound exit and entrance
Sint-Oedenrode9  N637 north (Noordelijke randweg) / Eversestraat / Veghelseweg – Sint-Oedenrode, Schijndel
Veghel10  N622 west (Eerdsebaan / Bovenrooy) – Veghel, Schijndel
Zuid-WillemsvaartJulian J. Ewellbrug
North BrabantVeghel11  N279 (Rijksweg) – Veghel, Heeswijk-Dinther
12Driehuizen / Udenseweg
Uden13  N264 east (Lippstadt-singel) – Uden
14Rondweg / Looweg
Bernheze15  N603 west (Noorderbaan) – Nistelrode, Heesch
16   N324 east (Rijksweg) / N329 north (Graafsebaan) – Schaijk, Oss
Oss  A59 west – Heesch, Oss, 's-Hertogenbosch
Ganzenven rest area southbound
De Gagel rest area northbound
17   N277 south / N626 west (Dorpenweg) / Erfsestraat – Ravenstein
MeuseMaasbrug Ravenstein
GelderlandWijchen  A326 east – Wijchen
Beuningen    E 31 east / A73 east / N322 west – Beuningen, DeestSouthern end of E 31 concurrency
WaalTracitusbrug
GelderlandOverbetuwe   E 31 west / A15 – Andelst, ElstNorthern end of E 31 concurrency
Weerbroek rest area southbound
Meilanden rest area northbound
18  N837 (Cora Baltussenallee) – Heteren, Driel
NederrijnRijnbrug Heteren
GelderlandRenkum19  N225 (Rijksweg) – Renkum, Oosterbeek
ArnhemDe Slenk rest area
Northbound exit and entrance
   E 35 / A12 – Ede, BennekomWestern end of A12 / E 35 concurrency
De Schaars rest area
Westbound exit and entrance
   E 35 / A12 – Arnhem, RozendaalEastern end of A12 / E 35 concurrency
20  N784 (Apeldoornseweg) – Arnhem
21   N784 south / N311 west – Arnhem
North and southbound rest area
Transit buses and vehicle breakdown only
ApeldoornNorth and southbound rest area
Transit buses and vehicle breakdown only
North and southbound rest area
Transit buses and vehicle breakdown only
22  N788 north (Arnhemseweg) – Beekbergen
23  N786 (Loenenseweg) – Beekbergen, Loenen
De Brink rest area southbound
De Somp rest area northbound
   E 30 / A1 – Apeldoorn, Voorst
24  N345 – Apeldoorn, Voorst
25Oost Veluweweg
Epe26  N792 east (Geerstraat) / Eekterweg – Vaassen, Terwolde
27  N309 west – Epe
Heerde28  N794 (Eperweg) – Epe, Heerde
Het Veen rest area southbound
Kolthoorn rest area northbound
29Kamperweg
Hattem30Hessenweg / Keizersweg
    N50 north–west / E 232 / A28 – Kampen, Zwolle, Wezep
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Wegbeheerders". Rijkswaterstaat. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  2. ^ p.87, Koskimaki
  3. ^ p.125, Ambrose
  4. ^ p.125, Ambrose
  5. ^ p.125, Ambrose

Works citedEdit

  • Koskimaki, George E., Hell's highway: chronicle of the 101st Airborne Division in the Holland Campaign, September - November 1944, Casemate, Havertown, 2003
  • Ambrose, Stephen E., Citizen Soldiers: The U. S. Army from the Normandy Beaches to the Bulge to the Surrender of Germany, Part One, Chapter 4, Touchstone, New York, 1997

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