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Old August 11th, 2010, 08:52 PM   #4501
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Possible. They are quite keen on long merging lanes that extend from one exit to the other, providing some extra capacity (not a lot though).

However, it has become quite quiet about the new Muiderberg Bridge. I believe plans were scaled back because of the pricetag? (not in terms of capacity, but in terms of design, the new bridge will be more functional, and less extravaganza, so no major landmark).
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Old August 11th, 2010, 10:08 PM   #4502
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That's a shame, they finally could've turned the Hollandse Brug into something nice. Right now it's a bit of faceless bridge so to speak, when it really is the main (highway) entry to Almere and beyond.
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Old August 11th, 2010, 11:31 PM   #4503
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6x6 = 36

That aside, the A6 near Almere will get 2x4 lanes plus a double reversible lane. That means 6 lanes during rush hour, but not 6 lanes each way at the same time.
Sorry, i meant 2x6 (6 each way). But i don't know much about it, i just heard it at the local tv station..

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Old August 11th, 2010, 11:43 PM   #4504
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A video of all 4 motorway tunnels under the IJ River in Amsterdam.

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Old August 12th, 2010, 11:26 AM   #4506
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Quite impressive.
How many vehicles per day pass through this highway?
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Old August 12th, 2010, 11:30 AM   #4507
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Today: approximately 180,000 vehicles
2020: approximately 250,000 vehicles

All because the Utrecht area is booming with new housing developments. The "Leidsche Rijn" housing project alone is impressive at 90,000 new inhabitants.
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Old August 12th, 2010, 01:13 PM   #4508
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Another video:

This one covers the new A4 ringvaart aquaduct, then the 10-lane section to Schiphol, A5 between the Schiphol runways and ultimately the A9 up to Haarlem.

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Old August 12th, 2010, 01:33 PM   #4509
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They should number the exit for Haarlem-Zuid, as is no longer an autosnelweg...
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Old August 12th, 2010, 08:59 PM   #4510
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A video of all 4 motorway tunnels under the IJ River in Amsterdam.
Thanks for posting, nice video!

Not to be cocky, but the 'IJ' is not a river. It used to be a bay at the edge of the 'Zuiderzee', which became connected to the north sea, with a man made channel westwards sea. Most of the tunnels actually run under this dig. (But I'm pretty sure you already know this)
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Old August 12th, 2010, 09:30 PM   #4511
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It was just to simplify things

Technically, the first two videos are going under the North Sea Canal, which is connected to the IJ.

Water bodies changing names is quite common in the Netherlands. For example when the Rijn (Rhine) enters the Netherlands, it splits in the Waal and Pannerdensch Canal;

Rhine -> Waal -> Merwede -> Nieuwe Merwede -> Hollands Diep -> Haringvliet -> North Sea.
Rhine -> Pannerdensch Canal -> Nederrijn -> Lek -> Nieuwe Maas -> Nieuwe Waterweg -> North Sea
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Old August 12th, 2010, 10:38 PM   #4512
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Very nice photos, I particularly like the wide grassy median! It's much nicer than a concrete or steel crash barrier. Is that an insurance policy in case further widening is necessary?
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Old August 13th, 2010, 12:01 AM   #4513
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@Ed110220: No the wide median is necessary because otherwise the side that has been newly build on the weak soil could push the old base away. It takes a couple years for all the ground under the new asphalt to be settled completely and during that time the median forms a buffer.

Additionally I used Chris's photo to show the difference between 2006 and 2010:



Spot the differences! The 100 km/h sign is at the same place as it was in 2006.
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Old August 13th, 2010, 10:36 AM   #4514
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Why there is not some crash barrier?
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Old August 13th, 2010, 11:29 AM   #4515
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Tired of having trucks and cars causing wrecks? How about an airplane?









Location: A44 North of Leiden.
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Old August 13th, 2010, 02:03 PM   #4516
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Tired of having trucks and cars causing wrecks? How about an airplane?









Location: A44 North of Leiden.
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Oh shit! Isn't that the Dakota that was going to be used in the 'Soldaat van Oranje' musical?
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Old August 13th, 2010, 02:05 PM   #4517
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Yes it was.

It has to be noted the A44 is one of the narrowest motorways in the Randstad. (and about the only one which still has a 120 km/h limit)
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Old August 13th, 2010, 03:15 PM   #4518
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A50 IC Ewijk - IC Valburg

Good news about the construction of the second Waal Bridge near Ewijk.

An action group has lost an appeal at the Council of State against Rijkswaterstaat. They wanted to stop the cutting of a few trees for the new bridge, arguing Rijkswaterstaat didn't obtained a cutting permit. However, the cutting of these trees falls under the so-called "forest law", which was solidified in the record of decision.

The appeal didn't stand any ground, and works can proceed to construct the second Waal Bridge as planned.

The current A50 runs across the 4-lane Waal Bridge. A second Waal Bridge will be constructed to widen the A50 in this section to 8 lanes. Completion in 2014.
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Old August 13th, 2010, 06:27 PM   #4519
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A2 Utrecht - Amsterdam "Superhighway"

Let me present the awesomest motorway in the Netherlands.

tip: play it on youtube (double-click video) and select 720 or 1080p and watch it full-screen!
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Old August 13th, 2010, 06:36 PM   #4520
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What happened to exit 2?
I want to see the video at 240p, because even at 360p gets me laggy because of traffic!
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