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Old November 23rd, 2009, 08:48 PM   #3501
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Very smooth asphalt.
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Old November 23rd, 2009, 08:49 PM   #3502
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Yes, it would've been very wrong if it wasn't because this part was repaved just 2 weeks ago
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Old November 23rd, 2009, 08:52 PM   #3503
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Thought so.
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Old November 23rd, 2009, 08:56 PM   #3504
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Old November 24th, 2009, 02:38 AM   #3505
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What is a tarmac?
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Old November 24th, 2009, 08:08 AM   #3506
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Tarmac |ˈtärˌmak|
noun (usu. tarmac) trademark
material used for surfacing roads or other outdoor areas, consisting of crushed rock mixed with tar.
• ( the tarmac) a runway or other area surfaced with such material.
ORIGIN early 20th cent.: abbreviation of tarmacadam .
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Old November 24th, 2009, 10:48 AM   #3507
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Very smooth asphalt.
And some clean, but not so shiny crash barriers
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Old November 24th, 2009, 11:30 AM   #3508
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Old November 25th, 2009, 06:27 PM   #3509
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Good news about A2:

All objections (2) against the widening of the A2 Everdingen - Deil to 2x4 lanes have been dismissed by the council of state. The construction has already began a few years ago as 2x4, but now it's sure those 2x4 can also be used.

This means the A2 Amsterdam - Deil will be at least 8 lanes wide for 60 kilometers. A few years ago, this road carried 100,000 AADT on 2x2 lanes.
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Old November 25th, 2009, 11:30 PM   #3510
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Great news! If the weather is fine, I might have a look at the A2 this weekend, I haven't done that in a while (ok, I live about 150 km away from the A2 now )
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Old November 27th, 2009, 05:21 PM   #3511
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The A28 Zwolle - Meppel will be widened to 2x3 lanes. In september 2009, the record of decision was subject to public hearings. Only 6 appeals have been made, so if everything goes right, widening will start in Q2 2010 and will be completed in Q2 2011, so it takes one year of construction.

The road configuration will be as follows;

Hattemerbroek - Zwolle-Zuid: 2x4 (no shoulders)
Zwolle-Zuid - Ommen: 2x2 (+ left shoulder running during rush hour, existing))
Ommen - Lankhorst: 2x3

The widening of Hattemerbroek - Zwolle-Zuid will be done on the existing bridge across the IJssel. Shoulders will be turned into driving lanes here. Between Zwolle-Zuid and Ommen, the current situation with left shoulder running will remain as it is. From Ommen to Lankhorst, widening will mostly take place within the median as there has been space planned for six lanes since the construction of this road in the 1960's.
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Old November 27th, 2009, 05:28 PM   #3512
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So the Netherlands has finally started widening its motorways?
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Old November 27th, 2009, 05:34 PM   #3513
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Yes, things have improved significantly since 2005 in road projects.

Road construction and widening mostly halted in the early 1980's, only already planned projects were completed. The 1990's were mostly the scene of loading the existing roads to capacity, mostly by shoulder running and buffer lanes. However, the positive effects of those measures didn't last very long as the population of the Netherlands increased by 2.500.000 people from 1980 to 2008. So they really have to widen a lot of motorways now. But there's still this 25 year backlog
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Old November 27th, 2009, 05:44 PM   #3514
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I think 60 km of 8 lanes is quite long for NL though.
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Old November 27th, 2009, 05:49 PM   #3515
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It is. But the A2 is one of the most important arteries for domestic traffic within the Netherlands. It's 4-lane sections were close to 100,000 AADT between Amsterdam and Eindhoven. Right now, almost the entire A2 is being widened from Amsterdam to Eindhoven, just leaving Vught - Ekkersweijer with 4 lanes for the time being, plus south of Eindhoven.

However, I think a widening to six lanes from Vught to Ekkersweijer and from Leenderheide to Kerensheide is necessary within the next 15 years. Vught - Ekkersweijer is already at capacity, and Leenderheide - Kerensheide is approaching or at capacity, especially south of Roermond and near Eindhoven.
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Old November 27th, 2009, 06:15 PM   #3516
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TomTom HD Traffic can be very detailed:
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Old November 29th, 2009, 06:09 PM   #3517
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Is there any plan to fix the missing link between the A29 terminus in Dinteloord and the A4 terminus in Halsteren? And what about extending the A18 to Eschende? Any plans?

I'm just amazed to see how many missing links are there in Dutch freeway system. Not that other countries don't have them, but for the 6 months I've been living here, I realized that usually there's no pratical alternative to freeways - low speed limits, ciclists sharing the road, no throughfares to cross city centers.
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Old November 29th, 2009, 06:35 PM   #3518
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AFAIK there are plans to extend the A18 to Enschede as the N18. They would rebuild several parts of the existing N18 and build some parts new. The new N18 would cross the A35 over here. Westerval is already 2×2 and leads into Enschede. I don't know if the whole new N18 will be 2×2, I'm sure that there are problems with NIMBY's and environmentalists (after all this is still the Netherlands).
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Old November 30th, 2009, 11:58 AM   #3519
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Het zal denk niet lang meer duren voordat dit stuk ook opengaat bij Nieuwer ter Aa tussen Breukenlen en Vinkeveen.
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Een gedeelte van de Taatse viaduct over de A2 is begaanbaar nu.
Zicht op het gedeelte richting Amsterdam, aan de andere kant van het scherm, helaas niet zichtbaar het verkeer vanuit Amsterdam.



Als je vanaf die viaduct Utrecht in rijd, zie je de skyline van Kanaleneiland mooi liggen.



A2 Den Bosch/Eindhoven vanaf de viaduct.



De OV baan in aanbouw.
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Old November 30th, 2009, 09:16 PM   #3520
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In the coming night, the A73 tunnels near Roermond will finally open with 2x2 lanes. The motorway, including tunnels, was finished januari 1st, 2008 but there were so many problems with technical and safety features that the two tunnels closed 1800 (eighteen hundred) times in the past 22 months, of which 97 closures were planned.
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