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Old February 4th, 2009, 06:06 PM   #2301
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Old February 5th, 2009, 08:08 PM   #2302
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What happened on the A1?
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Old February 5th, 2009, 08:09 PM   #2303
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A tanker truck went through the median. It was jammed 20 kms from Amsterdam to the accident.
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Old February 7th, 2009, 11:49 AM   #2304
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Works on the bridge near Muiderberg (A1) have been delayed because of the horrible weather. I wonder if they keep a future widening of the A1 in mind when building this new bridge.
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Old February 7th, 2009, 11:54 AM   #2305
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I hope so too, but they keep talking about "in the future".

The new A1 is supposed to have 2x5 lanes + 2 tidal lanes, hence 7 lanes in the peak hour direction. That ought to cope with the dramatic growth of Almere mega-suburb.

I wonder what they're gonna do with the A27 though, right now it's the least congested part of A27, but volumes are already in the 60,000's and growing steadily. It will hit capacity in a few years if Almere keeps growing this way.
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Old February 7th, 2009, 11:58 AM   #2306
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Yeah, "in future" usually means another 25 years or so.

Just like the "third bridge" over here in Abcoude, which they've been discussing ever since 1972 now. This morning we got a flyer that they will start building after the summer holidays. It's about time.....
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Old February 7th, 2009, 12:00 PM   #2307
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Here;?
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Old February 7th, 2009, 12:20 PM   #2308
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Yep, it would provide a new route for the traffic that wants to avoid the A2. At the moment the city centre of Abcoude gets all the traffic, but it's very narrow and therefore it can get quite dangerous. With this new route they can avoid the city centre on their way to the A2.
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Old February 7th, 2009, 12:24 PM   #2309
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It's a Dutch standard to put "art" on roundabouts. In the town of Lopik, they've decided a piece of "art" worth € 85.000 that's dug into the ground. Only an arrow indicates there's a piece of art under the ground. 12 art pieces of different artists have been made out of gold and put in a box and buried it under the ground.

Can you believe this shit? 85.000 euros worth of "art" buried in the ground? What an insane waste of tax money. Dammit I don't pay taxes for this nonsense.
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Old February 7th, 2009, 12:58 PM   #2310
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Well, with 16,5 million inhabitants, this piece of "art" only costs 0,5 eurocents per person

Still it's a waste of money. From the same money 85 centimeters of A4 MD could have been built
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It's not just the money, but it's the waste it represents. 6 people could have recieved a year of social benefit income for that money!
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Old February 7th, 2009, 01:35 PM   #2312
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Just like the "third bridge" over here in Abcoude, which they've been discussing ever since 1972 now. This morning we got a flyer that they will start building after the summer holidays. It's about time.....
You think that's bad... over here, they decided in 1952 that a Southern Freeway was necessary to cope with the traffic of the day. They still haven't (and don't intend to) build it, despite the land reservation still being completely intact (except for a short section near the CBD that was sold off in the 1970s). They haven't built an alternative route, either. The main road south of the airport is exactly the same one that existed in 1952, except for a few minor realignments and a bypass at Sutherland. It may have been widened too; I don't know how wide it was in 1952 but these days it's mostly three lanes per direction - it's just a pity they're only allowed to move at 60 km/h for most of its length.
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The snow in and around Amsterdam caused some problems.
Small accidents and huge traffic jams. Here are some bad quality pics from my phone.

We couldn't drive any faster then 10km/h;
[IMG]http://i42.************/1zgrsrr.jpg[/IMG]

Looking outside the rear window;
[IMG]http://i39.************/29c98qw.jpg[/IMG]

Advice was to drive 50km/h, but faster then 10/20km/h wasn't possible due to the slippery roads;
[IMG]http://i44.************/sb10k6.jpg[/IMG]

Looking through the rear window again;
[IMG]http://i42.************/280pnht.jpg[/IMG]

At this point you could see the traffic jam;
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Idem;
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A bit further near Schiphol there wasn't any snow and there weren't any traffic jams;
[IMG]http://i42.************/sepo4i.jpg[/IMG]

But the view got a lot worse due to the rain;
[IMG]http://i42.************/2q9yiw7.jpg[/IMG]
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Old February 8th, 2009, 05:19 PM   #2314
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They expect more snow tomorrow in the northeast, but they expect the Randstad to have a "normal" rushhour. (as in; all freeways jammed as usual).
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There was a lot of snow here today. Everything melted away though, but still the roads got slippery. I really had to be careful when I walked to the train station this afternoon.
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Old February 8th, 2009, 10:04 PM   #2316
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Time for some pictures (taken this morning) on my way from the eastern part of the Netherlands to the western part.

1. N346-N314-N348: Lochem-Zutphen-Ellecom (no motorway)
2. A348 Ellecom-Arnhem (motorway)
3. N325 Arnhem (no motorway)
4. A325-A15 Arnhem-Tiel-Gorinchem-Rotterdam (motorway - my battry quit just before I entered the Noordtunnel just east of Rotterdam).

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Old February 9th, 2009, 09:29 AM   #2317
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Thought LA was bad? Think again! 960 km/ 600 miles of backup!

This shows the Randstad.
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Old February 9th, 2009, 10:17 AM   #2318
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Most of it is only 'Matige' (=moderate) delay Chris
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Old February 9th, 2009, 10:23 AM   #2319
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Yeah speeds below 50 km/h. Do you know what kind of delay you have driving 50 km/h or less for 20 kilometers in a row?
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Old February 9th, 2009, 01:18 PM   #2320
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Yeah speeds below 50 km/h. Do you know what kind of delay you have driving 50 km/h or less for 20 kilometers in a row?
Sounds like a typical Sydney commute to me.
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