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Old August 7th, 2009, 10:27 PM   #3121
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Motorway and Highway plans in 1966. Map made by Kaaiman. The double solid lines were motorways existing at that time.
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Old August 8th, 2009, 12:09 AM   #3122
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Are there any plans to extend the two short A5 and A8?
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Old August 8th, 2009, 12:21 AM   #3123
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Interesting picture, Chris. It seems that in those days they were still quite sure about the Markerwaardpolder
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Old August 8th, 2009, 10:52 AM   #3124
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Notice the Westerschelde connection. First time it was mentioned was in 1953. The tunnel was opened in 2003. Didn't get great priority from the Dukes and Stewards in The Hague
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Old August 8th, 2009, 12:50 PM   #3125
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A50 Zwolle - Eindhoven

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A trip down south, clinching all of the A50 motorway from Zwolle to Eindhoven, two of the larger cities in the Netherlands. The A50 is an important connection, since it connects a number of 100.000+ cities, like Zwolle, Apeldoorn, Arnhem, Nijmegen and Eindhoven. The busiest part is around Arnhem, and the concurrency with the A12 motorway.

A number of upgrades are planned for the A50. It has recieved shoulder running between Apeldoorn and Arnhem, and a widening is forecasted to begin in 2012/2013 along the west side of Arnhem, widening the freeway to 6 or 8 lanes.

The first part of A50 opened in 1957 as part of the A12 concurrency near Arnhem, the first real part opened was in 1972. Most of the A50 was constructed in the 1970's, rather late actually. Also constructed in the 70's was the Emmeloord - Joure section, now part of the A6 motorway.

The Oss - Eindhoven section was opened between 2003 and 2006, as one of the most recent freeway openings in the Netherlands. The southern end of A50 near Eindhoven is currently under construction to replace the traffic lights with A58 with a freeway interchange.

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1. Interchange Hattemerbroek. The northern terminus of the A50 motorway. It continues north as the N50 express road to Emmeloord, which has a few traffic lights.
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2. N50 exit.
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3. The Zwolle - Apeldoorn connector is a direct fly-over, no loops as the rest of the interchange. Also seen in this picture; The Hanze line railroad under construction.
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4. Eindhoven was recently added to the signs. This has been done after the A50 was completed. Before that, the A50 used to run to Den Bosch, the Oss - Den Bosch freeway is now the A59.
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5. Exit Hattem. Entering the Veluwe forests.
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6. The A50 counts as one of the more scenic freeways in the Netherlands, because freeways running through large forested areas are rare in NL.
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7. Exit Heerde.
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8. Rest area Het Veen.
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9. Exit Heerde-Zuid.
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10. Leaving the Veluwe for a few kilometers, running though agricultural lands.
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11. Exit Epe (there is also an Epe in Germany and Nigeria)
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12. Exit Vaassen. Minor exit actually.
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13. Exit Apeldoorn-Noord. Apeldoorn is a major city at 150.000 inhabitants, though mostly suburban in nature.
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14. Exit Apeldoorn. Also leads to the Hanseatic city of Zutphen.
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15. Interchange Beekbergen with the east-west A1 motorway, which runs from Amsterdam to Hengelo and further into Germany.
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16. Rest area the Brink. A1 traffic merges, the A50 is usually busier south of Apeldoorn.
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17. Exit Loenen, entering the Veluwe again.
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18. Exit Hoenderloo. Shoulder running is often allowed here, also outside rushhours.
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19. Big truck, 25.25 meters
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20. Wildlife passage.
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21. Descending 4% to the Rhine river valley. A50 might be one of the highest motorways of the Netherlands here at nearly 100 meters.
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22. Two exits quickly after eachother.
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23. Exit Arnhem-Centrum.
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24. Interchange Waterberg. One of the more scenic interchanges, blended into the hills. Especially the connector to Oberhausen is nice, passing under a number of viaducts.
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25. A sharp turn to the west, merging with A12. Ready for a few kilometers of concurrency with A12?
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26. This concurrency has 6 lanes, and might be the only 6-lane freeway in the Netherlands that is not lit at night.
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27. Follow Utrecht to get some pot and prostitutes.
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28. Interchange Grijsoord. The A50 turns south here again. Opened in 1972.
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29. This is an improvement of signage.
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30. Otherwise, you wouldn't know about this taper.
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31. Rolling southbound, as was this Irish vintage courier truck.
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32. Exit Renkum.
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33. Exit Heteren. Rotterdam is already signed here for westbound traffic.
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34. Don't become a sleepy driver... This is easily on this stretch of freeway, since the friday traffic jams are usually 15 kilometers here.
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35. Interchange Valburg with the east-west A15 motorway. You can take this freeway to if you have to be at the north side of Nijmegen. If you need to be in the west or south side of Nijmegen, continue down A15.
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36. A truck broke down here on the shoulder.
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37. A VMS. Nothing to show. It's summertime, that means less traffic jams.
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38. Interchange Ewijk ahead. This 4-lane freeway carries over 100.000 vehicles per day.
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39. This is the northern terminus of the A73 motorway, which leads you down to Venlo, and even Maastricht. Most Germany-bound traffic follows A73 south.
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40. Interchange Bankhoef follows suit.
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41. This one goes to A326 to Wijchen (pronounce that!)
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42. Exit Ravenstein. This road opened in 1975.
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43. A 2CV from Northern Ireland.
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44. Another turned-off VMS
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45. Interchange Paalgraven. Opened in 2006.
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46. A50 continues south here, eastern terminus of the A59 which goes all the way to Zierikzee in Zeeland province.
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47. Exit Nistelrode ahead. Most recent opened part of A50.
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48. Exit Zeeland (not to be confused with the Zeeland province)
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49. Exit Volkel. They say American nuclear warheads are/were stored here on an airbase. Dangerous territory!
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50. Exit Veghel. Headquarters of the Jumbo supermarket chain. They operate some long trucks as seen earlier.
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51. Exit Eerde. The A50 recieved significant traffic immediatly after opening, but relieving the A2 motorway, which was used by Eindhovenbound traffic before.
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52. Sint Oedenrode.
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53. Pit-stop to clean my windshield for the Eindhoven bypass drive.
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54. Another turned-off VMS. It seems like they are installing them everywhere.
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55. Exit Son en Breugel.
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56. Southern terminus of the A50 motorway.
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Old August 8th, 2009, 12:50 PM   #3126
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@Slaghator: At least it's there now. The A6/A9 connection and the A4 MD are also mentioned. They're not there yet, and only God knows how long it will take before they're finally there
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Old August 8th, 2009, 01:02 PM   #3127
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A50
I was on that road too yesterday, between 3pm and 5pm.

We were returning from our roadtrip to Denmark. It was indeed quite a scenic motorway at some places, but I've seen better on the trip obviously .

Btw, after the A50 interchange with the Eindhoven ringroad, after Veldhoven there is a sign that confused me a bit, because it said "Antwerpen 45km" :p.

Have you seen that sign?
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Old August 8th, 2009, 01:07 PM   #3128
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Btw, after the A50 interchange with the Eindhoven ringroad, after Veldhoven there is a sign that confused me a bit, because it said "Antwerpen 45km" :p.

Have you seen that sign?
Yeah, that's already an infamous error

Follow the link!
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Old August 8th, 2009, 04:07 PM   #3129
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Somewhere on the A50 there is a never-used viaduct.
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Old August 8th, 2009, 04:11 PM   #3130
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Yeah that's here

The A50 south of here used to be the Apeldoorn - Arnhem main road before it was rebuild into a motorway. This is a leftover viaduct I believe. the section to the north of here was a new route for the motorway.
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Old August 8th, 2009, 06:12 PM   #3131
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Cool photos, Chris.
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Old August 9th, 2009, 02:23 PM   #3132
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New signage at Interchange Lankhorst

Interchange Lankhorst was created in 1969 as a Zwolle <-> Meppel connection only. Meppel <-> Hoogeveen was a missing connection for a long time. In july 2008, road works started to complete interchange Lankhorst for these connections. They are valuable for traffic from Meppel to the east, as well as for traffic from Heerenveen and Leeuwarden to Emmen and into Germany.

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Signage for Groningen doesn't make much sense here by the way, since one travels southbound on A32, away from Groningen. If you want to go to Groningen from Meppel, it's already faster to use A32 and A7 than A28.
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Old August 9th, 2009, 09:32 PM   #3133
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Are there any plans to extend the two short A5 and A8?
Nothing?

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Old August 9th, 2009, 09:39 PM   #3134
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A5 will be under construction as of this year. It will be a 2x2 motorway with a Vmax of only 80 km/h.

There are no real plans to extend A8, although they should do so.
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Yeah, I once drove from the end of the A8 to the A9. It's mostly 2×2, but there are traffic lights and it's not really fast. They should really extend it though.

And why only 80 km/h? Those environmentalists again? Or the not working policy of trying to reduce congestion?
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How long will be the A5 then? Thank you
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New signage at Interchange Lankhorst ...

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The new signs look so nice and fresh!

But I cannot understand why the European route marker (E232 in this case) is sometimes above and sometimes next to the Dutch autosnelweg marker (A28 in this case). There is plenty of space to accommodate both on the same line below Staphorst, especially if the sign were to be made wider.

I cannot make up my mind which version of A28/E232 is inconsistent with the rest: one on the left or one on the right. Any ideas or reasons why the new signs are designed in this way? Looks a bit messy, which is very unlike what you normally expect from the Dutch.



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Old August 10th, 2009, 07:43 PM   #3138
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E-numbers were usually signed on top of the signs, these were called a "ruiter".

They started to integrate them recently, which led to messy signs. An overkill on information sometimes, while barely nobody uses E-numbers to navigate around a country or even international.
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The new A5 (Westrandweg) will be about 10 km long. It will connect to the A10 right before the Coentunnel. At the same time a new tunnel will be built to more than double the capacity there (from four to nine lanes). From the new junction between the A5 and A10 and the A8 near Zaandam, there will be reversible rush hour lanes.

The A5 Westrandweg:


The A5 Westrandweg:


The situation around the Coentunnel after completion.
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There seem to be only two permanent northbound lanes, which is the same as now. There should be at least 4.

Anyway, two pics I made today, of the A1 near Oldenzaal. This is probably the last bit of concrete motorway in the Netherlands, and it is currently being repaved. I also made a video of this section, but it seems to be too shaky, I'll have a look at it.

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