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Old September 27th, 2010, 06:36 PM   #4601
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All 4 lanes have been opened on the southbound A2 between IC Everdingen and IC Deil. This effectively eliminated a 20 kilometer daily traffic jam!

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Before today, the right lanes (southbound) were queued up pretty badly. Even the serious rain we have today does not create congestion.

Another great improvement on our superhighway!
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Old September 27th, 2010, 07:49 PM   #4602
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Some aerial eyecandy of the A2/N2 around Eindhoven.











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Old September 28th, 2010, 04:59 PM   #4603
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Another nice project in northern Netherlands is the widening of N33 to 2x2 lanes, and replacing the N33/N34 roundabout with a dive-under:

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Old September 28th, 2010, 09:04 PM   #4604
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When is that N33 project planned to be finished?
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Old September 28th, 2010, 09:13 PM   #4605
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Stunning stuff, as can be expected from NL.
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Old September 28th, 2010, 10:46 PM   #4606
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Stunning stuff, as can be expected from NL.
I'd say the Dutch road construction improved dramatically compared to the lean 1980's and 1990's (and even early 2000's). The current construction boom is the biggest one since the early 70's, I think.

This can be attributed to a number of factors;

* Air quality is now dealt with in a different way, such that projects do not need to be surveyed individually if they are part of a government program to improve air quality. This left the anti-car brigade with few other options to frustrate road widening schemes.
* Air quality is constantly improving. Contrary to popular belief, PM10 emissions (particle matter) by road traffic adds very little to overall concentrations. NO2 (nitrogen dioxide) emissions by traffic is much bigger, but is dealt with by the tight norms of the Euro norms, thus air quality isn't the obstacle it once was.
* A special commission has been set up to survey how road building procedures can be eased, without losing out on democratic rights. This reduced the average procedure time from 11 to 3 years.
* Our last transport minister, Camiel Eurlings, did a great job getting new projects through, some of which had been stalled since the 1960's. Over 75 road projects have been executed during his tenure, more than several other ministers preceding him combined.
* The crisis- and recovery act opened up additional funding for road construction projects to improve the economy. Money seems to be almost no issue now, the amount of money spent on road projects between 2006 and 2015 will be mind-boggling compared to the 2 preceding decades. Dutch motorists are now finally getting what they're paid for.
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Old September 29th, 2010, 02:03 AM   #4607
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When is that N33 project planned to be finished?
The dive-unders under the roundabout near Gieten will be opened on April 1st 2011. Initially in an 1x2 expressway setup, but fully prepared for the widening to 2x2 expressway which is planned for the near future. Current planning shows the widening should be completed in 2014. This is the initial lay-out of the new Gieten Roundabout, with just 1x2 through the dive-unders:


Unfortunately, the proposed cloverleaf interchange at Zuidbroek (highway A7) has been replaced by two roundabouts with bypasses in the latest plans. It's a flaw, but they had to cut spending.
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Old September 29th, 2010, 01:21 PM   #4608
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Why don't they just widen it to 2x3? Widening is not cheap and when you have 1x1 road and leave space for widening, why not just widen it to 2x3 and save yourself trouble of construction every 10 years?
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Old September 29th, 2010, 03:04 PM   #4609
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Dutch can expect cuts, but more roads too

I just grabbed this article on RNW:

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The incoming right-wing government in the Netherlands is planning a huge motorway building drive, despite the need for drastic cuts in the national budget.

According to leaked documents quoted by daily De Telegraaf the government programme includes an increase of "hundreds of millions of euros" on the current budget for motorway construction and maintenance, which is three billion euros a year.

The additional spending is aimed at fighting traffic jams, which in the view of the free-market liberal VVD party are hampering the economy. It is not clear whether the new government will make similar extra investments in public transport, nor for that matter have any cuts in rail and bus service funding been indicated.

Multi-billion cuts
Over a four-year period, the VVD-led government is planning spending reductions of up to 16 billion euros to counter the effects of the economic and banking crisis of the last two years.

The budget plans are provisional, because the right-wing coalition is not in office yet. It is expected that the coalition accord between VVD and Christian Democrats will be sealed by MPs this week, followed by a declaration of support from the 24 Freedom Party MPs who are needed to give the cabinet majority support in parliament.

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Old September 29th, 2010, 09:17 PM   #4610
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Another example of the lack of reality by Dutch policy makers. The N242 was downgraded from 100 km/h to 80 km/h a while ago.

The police did a speed check. Out of 489 drivers checked, 489 drivers exceeded the speed limit. Not a single driver was obeying the speed limit! The highest recorded speed was 111 km/h.

Please, Netherlands, return to common sense!
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Old September 29th, 2010, 09:38 PM   #4611
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I just grabbed this article on RNW:

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The incoming right-wing government in the Netherlands is planning a huge motorway building drive, despite the need for drastic cuts in the national budget.

According to leaked documents quoted by daily De Telegraaf the government programme includes an increase of "hundreds of millions of euros" on the current budget for motorway construction and maintenance, which is three billion euros a year.

The additional spending is aimed at fighting traffic jams, which in the view of the free-market liberal VVD party are hampering the economy. It is not clear whether the new government will make similar extra investments in public transport, nor for that matter have any cuts in rail and bus service funding been indicated.

Multi-billion cuts
Over a four-year period, the VVD-led government is planning spending reductions of up to 16 billion euros to counter the effects of the economic and banking crisis of the last two years.

The budget plans are provisional, because the right-wing coalition is not in office yet. It is expected that the coalition accord between VVD and Christian Democrats will be sealed by MPs this week, followed by a declaration of support from the 24 Freedom Party MPs who are needed to give the cabinet majority support in parliament.

© Radio Netherlands Worldwide
I fully agree with that reasoning. I am far, far, far more open to spending public treasure on capital infrastructure upgrades (and the maintenance thereof) than I am to throw it into the bottomless pit of social programs - this precisely because road, rail, etc upgrades are economic enablers, allowing for more wholesome, long-term private-sector economic activity to flourish. And when I promote this opinion in domestic political discussions here in the USA, I also flatly state that I will *NEVER* *EVER* tout how many jobs are 'created' by the act of building the upgrades as those jobs will all go 'poof!' as soon as the projects are completed - it is the economic enabling aspects, the more fluid nature of commerce that the projects will allow, that I champion.



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Old September 29th, 2010, 11:22 PM   #4612
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A video of the new 4-lane southbound carriageway on A2 from IC Everdingen to IC Deil:

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Old October 1st, 2010, 01:18 PM   #4613
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New coalition might increase speed limits on highways to 130km/h

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The Qur'an will not be banned, headscarves will not be taxed, and Muslims will not be deported en masse. Geert Wilders did not get everything he wanted in the coalition agreement between the conservative VVD and the Christian Democrats, propped up by his own Freedom Party (PVV).

So what did Mr Wilders get in return for supporting this minority cabinet? These are the main PVV points:
  • There will be a complete ban on burqas, and police and justice employees will not be allowed to wear headscarves;
  • Conditional passports for new immigrants - to be withdrawn if they commit crimes in the first five years;
  • The pension age will only be raised to 66 not 67;
  • An extra 2,500 police officers;
  • Animal police will be introduced. 500 officers will look after the welfare of animals in the Netherlands;
  • The duration of unemployment benefit payments will not be reduced;
  • Maximum speed on the motorway will be increased to 130 kilometres per hour;
  • The current smoking ban will be lifted for small cafés
Complete article here: http://www.rnw.nl/english/article/du...ats-it-wilders
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Old October 1st, 2010, 03:26 PM   #4614
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Will or only might?

And how about all these no-passing-roads?
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Old October 1st, 2010, 05:05 PM   #4615
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If you don't consider the anti-Islam points, Geert Wilders is almost as leftist as the socialist party...
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Old October 1st, 2010, 06:11 PM   #4616
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"Far-right" labelling of national socialists seems a smear to me that has polluted the water. Sarah Palin and the Tea Party movement keeps on getting called "fascist" by the British media, but as far as I can see it's economically the opposite, and has the opposite doctrine of the state - instead of all powerful it's limited government that they want.

And we had lots of talk about a 'liberal alliance' between the Labour and Lib Dem parties after the election - despite Labour being the least liberal of the parties who won seats (the Green party are are about the same - more economically authoritarian, but more socially liberal).

The UK Labour party at the last election were basically politically the same as the 'far-right' BNP, other than on the EU, the death penalty, homosexuality (where they were nearly at opposite sides of the spectrum - the BNP wanting to ban any speech that, while discussing the topic wasn't anti-, and Labour wanting to ban any speech that wasn't pro-) and deporting immigrants. Both want to have a fairly controlled economy, both wanted to be socially authoritarian (and Labour came higher there than the Tories). The BNP get votes from white working class people, mostly in ex-industrial towns - natural Labour territory - but time after time the media talks as if they are the Tories turned up to 11, rather than Labour.

One can only guess that the Freedom party can only be in the coalition because the other two parties are socially a bit authoritarian, as the dominant axis in mainstream Western politics is that social authoritarianism is inversely proportional to economic authoritarianism, which seems odd to me. We call socially authoritarian right wing, and economic authoritarian left wing, but with some people who are authoritarian with both (Labour under Brown, National Socialists) we go all weird - using 'right-wing' like a term of derision (like the right in the USA use 'socialist') for the parties we rightly don't like, but then go all dewy-eyed and call parties 'liberal' because they are economically authoritarian, but aren't quite socially-authoritarian enough to support hanging, arresting homosexuals and deporting immigrants. Madness.
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Old October 1st, 2010, 07:35 PM   #4617
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Video: A59 Den Bosch - Oss

A short video (3 minutes) of the relatively new (completed 2005) motorway A59 between Den Bosch (also spelled: 's-Hertogenbosch) and interchange Paalgraven near Oss.

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Old October 1st, 2010, 11:08 PM   #4618
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A2: 4 lanes IC Everdingen - IC Deil

The southbound carriageway of A2 between interchanges Everdingen and Deil opened with 4 lanes last Monday. Here are some pictures from Wednesday.

1. KP Everdingen, 3e rijstrook komt erbij.
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IMG_5049 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr

2. 4e rijstrook komt erbij. 4 rijstroken voor de komende 15 kilometer.
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IMG_5051 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr

3. viaduct Autenasekade.
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4. Lekker breed. Alle files zijn als sneeuw voor de zon verdwenen.
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IMG_5054 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr

5. Geen linker vluchtstroken.
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IMG_5055 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr

6. Afrit Everdingen.
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7. Culemborg is niet veel verder. Vroeger wel, qua tijd dan...
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IMG_5057 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr

8. De afrit Culemborg heeft een gigantisch lange uitvoegstrook, misschien wel 1 kilometer.
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IMG_5058 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr

9. Nog steeds afrit Culemborg.
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IMG_5059 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr

10. Afstanden.
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IMG_5060 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr

11. Dit is een wildbrug meen ik.
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IMG_5061 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr

12. Wat een ruimte. De A2 is echt onherkenbaar veranderd.
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IMG_5062 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr

13. Afrit Beesd. Weer een giga uitvoegstrook.
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IMG_5063 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr

14. Veel meer dan Beesd valt er desondanks niet te melden...
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IMG_5064 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr

15. Dit was vroeger 2 rijstroken zonder vluchtstrook... Nu 4 rijstroken, een weefstrook én een vluchtstrook.
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IMG_5065 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr

16. Én je mag hier 120 km/h.
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17. Mega geluidsscherm. Toch denk ik dat het verkeer stiller is dan voor de verbreding. Dit soort 2L ZOAB helpt enorm daarbij.
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IMG_5067 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr

18. Aankondiging KP Deil en afrit Geldermalsen.
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19.
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20. Voor de liefhebbers: McDonalds.
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IMG_5070 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr

21. 5 rijstroken. Het kan niet op hier.
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22. NBA
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23. E-nummers prominent op de borden (ik ben daar niet zo'n fan van. Bovendien is de A15 een oost-westsnelweg, maar de E31 een noord-zuidnummer)
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24. 2x3 doorgaande rijstroken in knooppunt Deil.
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25. De nieuwe fly-over voor verkeer van Utrecht naar Tiel is nog in aanleg.
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Old October 1st, 2010, 11:31 PM   #4619
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What did you drunk? You messed up English and Dutch!
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Old October 2nd, 2010, 03:18 AM   #4620
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Reminiscent of the MKAD super highway with multiple lanes. Very well planned and designed.
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