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Old October 10th, 2017, 03:41 PM   #14941
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2017 coalition agreement

The final coalition agreement has been published today.

As expected, there aren't major policy changes and most of the wording is quite vague (almost no specific projects are named).

Most importantly, the infrastructure fund will receive an additional € 2 billion over the next 3 years, with € 100 million added to it every year starting in 2021. It will be divided using the existing split. Effectively that means € 800 million of additional funding will become available for roads over the next three years, and € 40 million annually starting in 2021.

Speed limits will remain unchanged. Traffic fines for small offenses will be lowered, but increased for severe offenses and recidivism.

Future investment will be prioritized according to the capacity analysis and availability of co-financing (this could mean smaller regional projects get a higher priority, since they are often 50-70% regionally funded).

The additional funding will be directed to the most severe bottlenecks in the west (A4, A7 & A15) and the transit routes to the east and south (A1, A2, A12, A28 & A58).

The missing links of A15, A16 and A24 will be constructed as planned. The Ring Utrecht expansion will proceed as planned.
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Old October 11th, 2017, 02:48 PM   #14942
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A24 Blankenburg Tunnel, Rotterdam

On 17 May 2017, the Council of State asked 'prejudicial questions' to the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg, regarding the legality of a new nitrogen deposit mitigation programme on natura-2000 areas, also known as 'PAS'.

This meant that several major road project procedures are now on hold until the European Court answers these questions. This could take years, the Council of State asked the court to answer them before 1 July 2018, but it may take much longer than that.

One of the projects affected by this is the A24 in Rotterdam, a new motorway and tunnel between A15 and A20 in the Port of Rotterdam. They decided that if they have to wait until those questions are answered and a verdict can be issused, the deadline of 2024 for completion of A24 cannot be met.

So they redesigned the environmental impact assessment regarding compensation for nitrogen deposits on natura-2000 areas. The original EIA was based on the 'PAS', but they now executed a new study and mitigation programme that does not use the 'PAS'. This means the Council of State could issue a verdict without having to wait on the answers by the European Court. This means construction could start up to several years earlier. The project is already delayed by two years.
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Old October 12th, 2017, 05:46 PM   #14943
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A15 Suurhoff Bridge, Rotterdam

Planning has officially started for the replacement of the Suurhoff Bridge (A15) in the Port of Rotterdam.

The bridge, built in 1972, would reach the end of its life in 2020. It was never designed for the amount of traffic that it handles today, especially with the westward expansion of the Port of Rotterdam. The drawbridge has already been welded shut and the bridge has also subsided slightly, making it lower than the CEMT 9.1 meter clearance for shipping.

It was originally planned to extend the service life by 30 years with a large renovation in 2018. However they found that the proposed renovation was not suitable for this bridge type.

Procedures could not be completed quickly enough to replace it before it reaches the end of its life. The next step is to build a temporary bridge by early 2020 that will carry eastbound traffic. This will extend the life of the bridge sufficiently so a permanent replacement can be build.

The permanent replacement planning has officially commenced now. € 86 million has been reserved for its replacement, while more funding could become available for 'options'. All alternatives include the option to change the alignment of A15, as there are tight curves on either end of the bridge. They want to build a bridge that conforms to motorway design standards.

The new bridge would be constructed between 2023 and 2028. In principle this would mean a bridge with no piers in the water. This would result in a circa 200 meter main span, similar to the nearby Dintelhaven Bridge.

The railroad portion of the bridge is in better condition and will continue to serve until the early 2040s. The railroad and motorway bridges share the bridge piers but not the deck.

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Old October 12th, 2017, 05:55 PM   #14944
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A6/A7 Knooppunt Joure

The first flyover of the new Joure motorway interchange opened to traffic this night. It serves Sneek > Heerenveen traffic.

It feels very 'rushed', the project is far from completed, the flyovers aren't even finished with wood casing still hanging on the side.

They've been working 24/7 on it. I don't quite understand why they rush to completion so bad, it costs a lot of overtime work and possible quality deficiencies, especially with the amount of rain we had in September.





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Old October 12th, 2017, 07:07 PM   #14945
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N23 Westfrisiaweg

The first segments of the upgrade N302 (working name: 'N23') will open to traffic this weekend and next week. Starting 14 October to 20 October, the new N302 will open to traffic as a 2x2 expressway with grade-separation between A7 in Hoorn and Westwoud.

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Old October 13th, 2017, 04:56 PM   #14946
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IJmuiden

The coastal city of IJmuiden is home to the North Sea Locks, a set of navigation locks between the North Sea and the North Sea Canal, the primary water access to Amsterdam (and indeed most of North Holland province).

There are several locks and two of them have bridges at either end, so when the locks are in operation, traffic can still proceed without having to wait (which can be up to half an hour or more).

However these bridges were only intended for light, local traffic. Heavy traffic is supposed to use the Velsen Tunnel or Wijker Tunnel. The axle load limit on the bridge is only 1.6 tons. Which means that some heavy duty delivery vans are banned. However it continues to be used by heavy traffic so they now implemented barriers to block heavy traffic from illegaly using the bridges.



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Old October 13th, 2017, 05:38 PM   #14947
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It is not the first time I see barriers like that installed to block heavy weight traffic from some roads or bridges in The Netherlands.
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Old October 13th, 2017, 06:30 PM   #14948
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Yes, in rural areas there are many small bridges built in the 1950s and 1960s outside of the primary / secondary road network that were not designed for today's heavy tractors. You can see weight limitations / barriers on some of those.

This kind of bridges, often designed to carry vehicles up to 5-7 tons, but sometimes used by agrarians with tractors with as much as 30-40 tons. They won't immediately collapse under the load, but it will shorten their lifespan.
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Old October 14th, 2017, 06:48 PM   #14949
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A6/A7 Knooppunt Joure

All motorway-to-motorway connections at the new Joure interchange are now via ramps and flyovers. Although the works are not completed, traffic is now completely off the roundabout.



There was an event today with various races and activities on the roundabout. Thousands of people attended.

1. Signage for the 'knooppunt Joure' from Joure.

Knooppunt Joure-1 by European Roads, on Flickr

2. Old style motorway entrance signs on the now abandoned section of A7.

Knooppunt Joure-2 by European Roads, on Flickr

3. A roundabout interchange. Not anymore!

Knooppunt Joure-3 by European Roads, on Flickr

4. The roundabout had expressway status with a 50 km/h speed limit. Many people drove 60-70 km/h on the roundabout, which made it difficult for traffic from Joure and Sneek to enter it.

Knooppunt Joure-4 by European Roads, on Flickr

5. Flashers were warning people of the roundabout. This section of A7 with over 60,000 vehicles per day fed directly onto the roundabout. It was the busiest section of road in all of Friesland province.

Knooppunt Joure-6 by European Roads, on Flickr

6. A 'RIMOB' (short for RIMpelbuisOBstakelbeveiliger). It is a crash attenuator installed for non-breakaway objects.

Knooppunt Joure-7 by European Roads, on Flickr
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Old October 14th, 2017, 07:51 PM   #14950
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The first segments of the upgrade N302 (working name: 'N23') will open to traffic this weekend and next week. Starting 14 October to 20 October, the new N302 will open to traffic as a 2x2 expressway with grade-separation between A7 in Hoorn and Westwoud.
A correction, they did not open four lanes at this time, but 2x1 lanes. They are grade-separated though:

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Are the Netherlands a country or a metro (darkened areas: built-up urban settlements)


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A4

The resurfacing of A4 near Leiden has been completed ahead of schedule. They resurfaced the motorway from Roelofarendsveen to Hoogmade during 3 weekend closures. They also replaced several bridge joints.

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Old October 15th, 2017, 11:12 PM   #14953
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How much was it? When was the last resurfacing?
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Which new motorways are currently under construction?
Which new motorways will be opened next?

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Probably when it was expanded to six lanes in 2005-2006.

One reason for the resurfacing was noise, traffic increased to a point that they needed more noise reduction. So they applied a double wearing course of porous asphalt, which can decrease noise by as much as 6-7 dB.

I don't know the cost of the operation, the value of awarded contracts are usually not published by Rijkswaterstaat, though it can probably found at the TenderNED website. That's a thing where they can be more open about. In Germany, Poland, Spain, etc. they usually publish the cost of every contract in a press release.

Meanwhile, several gantries on A2 are replaced overnight:
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N307 Dronten - Lelystad

In May 2012, the new alignment of N307 between Dronten and Lelystad opened to traffic. It was the first upgrade project part of the 'N23' (working name, not signed anywhere). The ultimate build-out is a four lane expressway but that is not coming anytime soon. A short section near the Swifterbant exit has 2x2 lanes, the rest 2x1 like in these photos:


N307 Swifterbant-1 by European Roads, on Flickr


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N31 Harlingen

An update of N31 in Harlingen.


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Ministry of Infrastructure & Environment

Starting today, Melanie Schultz is the longest-serving minister of Infrastructure since World War II, at 7 years and 4 days, edging out Neelie Kroes by one day. Kroes served from 1982 to 1989, they are from the same party (VVD). The next government will likely be installed by late October. Melanie Schultz stated that she would not be available for a third term or any other ministerial post.

Cora van Nieuwenhuizen (VVD) has been named as the next minister of Infrastructure & Environment, though it is not officially confirmed. She has been in politics since 1994, starting out in the municipal council of Oisterwijk and she was the deputy ('provincial minister') of mobility and infrastructure for the province of North Brabant between 2007 and 2010. She is currently a member of the European Parliament (ALDE).
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The first segments of the upgrade N302 (working name: 'N23') will open to traffic this weekend and next week. Starting 14 October to 20 October, the new N302 will open to traffic as a 2x2 expressway with grade-separation between A7 in Hoorn and Westwoud.

Finally

25 years late.
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Old October 18th, 2017, 12:31 PM   #14959
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In May 2012, the new alignment of N307 between Dronten and Lelystad opened to traffic. It was the first upgrade project part of the 'N23' (working name, not signed anywhere). The ultimate build-out is a four lane expressway but that is not coming anytime soon. A short section near the Swifterbant exit has 2x2 lanes, the rest 2x1 like in these photos:


N307 Swifterbant-1 by European Roads, on Flickr


N307 Swifterbant-2 by European Roads, on Flickr


N307 Swifterbant-3 by European Roads, on Flickr


N307 Swifterbant-4 by European Roads, on Flickr


Who came up with this? 2x1 without an emergency lane or overtake area. This is hell if you are behind a van, truck or caravan. And when someone has an emergency, you can't overtake and also FD, PD or ambulance can't.
This is absolutely horrible.

Which idiot designed this? Someone who travels to work by train?
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i have never seen a road like this one
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