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Old September 24th, 2009, 03:11 PM   #3301
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A lesser known pain-in-the-ass interchange is Hooipolder, where the A59 is controlled by traffic signals. This is especially a problem for traffic from west to north (A59 to A27). The A16-A59 via Breda-West serves as an alternate for A58-A27 via Breda-East, especially in case of incidents.

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Old September 24th, 2009, 05:40 PM   #3302
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I usually pass there a couple of times a year, but I've never been jammed there since I normally pass in weekends. You do hear the name on traffic information quite often though. Are there any plans to upgrade it to a cloverleaf? There seems to be enough space for it.
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Old September 24th, 2009, 07:37 PM   #3303
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Yes there are plans! I think they will build a new cloverleaf interchange when they are going to rebuild the A27 highway. I surely hoop it will happen, today there was a traffic jam on the A59 from Zonzeel to Hooipolder, so that is the whole section between the A16 and A27.
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Old September 24th, 2009, 07:42 PM   #3304
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There seems to be enough space for it.
No, there isn't. Even without C/D lanes, there will be a ROW of about 250 meters needed from the center of the interchange towards the northwest. Which means it ends just about on top of those homes.

I never understand such idiocy, those homes were build way after 1967 - 1969 when this intersection opened. (A27 in 1967, A59 in 1969), no vision in that place.

However, it's only one quadrant of a possible cloverleaf that's tight in space, the other 3 quadrants aren't a problem. They could build a direct flyover from east to south to solve those problems. A flyover is probably a bit over the top considering traffic volumes for that relation, but necessary to make this interchange entirely grade-separated.
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Old September 24th, 2009, 08:18 PM   #3305
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The A12 in Den Haag (The Hague). This road has several buildings on top of it.

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Old September 24th, 2009, 10:32 PM   #3306
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That's really an "urban expressway". It's also the end of the A12 (untill they start building a road tunnel to England )
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Old September 24th, 2009, 11:47 PM   #3307
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the end of the A12 is 1 of my favorites of highways in holland, the best for me is still the A4 between exit nieuw vennep and Badhoevedorp, its so damn wide, and still jams there, should be upgraded to 2x6 or more, but thats just a dream that never will happen and ofcourse A10 Amsterdam south, like that 1 allot to
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Old September 24th, 2009, 11:53 PM   #3308
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Traffic congestion on A4 between Schiphol and Burgerveen are due to the adjacent roads or accidents. The 2x5 section is wide enough to carry the 165,000 - 185,000 vehicles per day (Los Angeles freeways have up to 280,000 on 10 lanes). The problem is the A4 narrows down from 10 to 4 lanes within 2 kilometers. The A44 doesn't absorb enough traffic to alleviate this problem, the A4 near Roelofarendsveen has 4 lanes and carries nearly 110,000 vehicles per day. To the north, the 6 lane section between Badhoevedorp and Amsterdam is actually busier than the 10 lane section; 190,000 AADT.
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Old September 25th, 2009, 01:14 AM   #3309
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Same thing for the Coentunnel, it's 2×2 without shoulders but carries 100,000+ vehicles a day. Luckily they're building a second tunnel now
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Old September 25th, 2009, 08:39 PM   #3310
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Video: A1 Amsterdam - Hilversum

This video follows the first 25 kilometers eastbound from Amsterdam towards interchange Eemnes near Hilversum. Seen in the footage is one of the busiest roads in the Netherlands, considering capacity. 190,000 on 7 lanes and 110,000 on 4 lanes.

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Old September 25th, 2009, 08:50 PM   #3311
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what also would help if people use the available space on the right. Driving behaviour would also help in preventing traffic jams. Als in! RECHTS HOUDEN!!!!
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Old September 26th, 2009, 02:34 PM   #3312
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Old September 26th, 2009, 05:09 PM   #3313
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what also would help if people use the available space on the right. Driving behaviour would also help in preventing traffic jams. Als in! RECHTS HOUDEN!!!!
You heard that German joke about our NL sticker? "Nur Links"
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Old September 26th, 2009, 06:07 PM   #3314
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Another batch of new signage:

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Old September 27th, 2009, 02:15 AM   #3315
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Does anyone else think 'Breda' is a bit odd name for a city? I wanna say, it's a female name; I know a few Bredas.
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Old September 27th, 2009, 11:19 AM   #3316
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breda_(disambiguation)
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Old September 27th, 2009, 04:08 PM   #3317
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Dutch wikipedia says this:

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De rivieren Mark en Aa of Weerijs komen samen in Breda. Voordat de Aa in de Mark vloeide, vertakte die nog eerst in twee aparte stroompjes; de Donk en de Gampel. Dit gebeurde ter hoogte van een s-vormige donk, wat later de Haagdijk zou worden. [2] Toch sprak men over de Aa. Aa is een afgeleide van het Oudgermaanse woord ahwô, verwant met het Latijnse aqua. Het betekende oorspronkelijk water. In Nederland zijn er veel rivieren en rivierachtige wateren die deze of een daarvan afgeleide naam hebben. [3] De naam Breda is afgeleid van 'Brede Aa'. Het ligt voor de hand dat daarmee werd verwezen naar de verbreding van de Aa op het punt waar die in de Mark uitmondde [4]. Het is wel opmerkelijk, dat de rivier de Aa de naam van de stad heeft bepaald, in plaats van de Mark. In 1125 wordt er voor het eerst melding gemaakt van een nederzetting, die als Breda wordt aangeduid.
In short: Breda is a contraction of 'Brede Aa'. Breed = wide in english. The city has been formed by the point where two little rivers, the Mark and the Aa, join together.
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Does anyone else think 'Breda' is a bit odd name for a city? I wanna say, it's a female name; I know a few Bredas.
There are many more weird names in the Netherlands and Belgium
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Old September 27th, 2009, 09:08 PM   #3319
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Does anyone else think 'Breda' is a bit odd name for a city? I wanna say, it's a female name; I know a few Bredas.
A woman with the name of Breda? Sounds awful. Are they fat angry lesbians?
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Old September 28th, 2009, 12:26 AM   #3320
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I think Breda sounds a bit Italian/Spanish. There are two villages called Breda in Italy and Spain. Oh verso, Brenda is a girls name, not a really nice one though (I think). Breda is also streetlanguage for the word brother.
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