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Old December 17th, 2010, 10:48 AM   #4821
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Snow in the netehrlands??

Looks like recordbreaking chaos...

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Old December 17th, 2010, 10:53 AM   #4822
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Yup, system broke down again. Total failure. You can't stop this though, our motorways are simply too busy to handle 15 cm of snow in a few hours.
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Old December 17th, 2010, 11:22 AM   #4823
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Yup, system broke down again. Total failure. You can't stop this though, our motorways are simply too busy to handle 15 cm of snow in a few hours.
Also dutch people are probably not used to snow on the roads, no wintertires on cars etc.
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Old December 17th, 2010, 11:31 AM   #4824
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That doesn't matter the slightest. If 15 cm falls within 3 hours in Switzerland or Germany it's a chaos as well (and everybody there drives with winter tires). These motorways around Rotterdam are all in the 100.000 - 250.000 vehicles per day range, and are congested in the most positive weather conditions, not to mention during heavy snow squalls.
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Old December 17th, 2010, 03:11 PM   #4825
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Amsterdam at 14:00h:

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Old December 17th, 2010, 03:21 PM   #4826
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Total inferno! In front of my house it's one big grid locked mess. Cars don't move and the roads are one piece of ice
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Old December 17th, 2010, 04:06 PM   #4827
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Amsterdam 15.00 hrs:
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Old December 17th, 2010, 04:23 PM   #4828
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The A5 is still free
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Old December 17th, 2010, 05:17 PM   #4829
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The A5 is still free
Until it's connected to the Westrandweg / Coentunnel it hardly has any traffic.
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Old December 17th, 2010, 05:51 PM   #4830
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Amazing.. The whole north of Holland is blocked..

Why still go on the road.. Go shopping. Go out eating.. Work later... Do something else the go drive at this moment...

http://routes.tomtom.com/#/map/Amste...ui=8&map=basic
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Old December 17th, 2010, 06:28 PM   #4831
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Most of these people tried to go home early to avoid this mess. I'm supposed to have dinner with some friends, who left work at 14.00 h. Now, over 3hrs later, they have progressed 6km. Only 10km to go... They work in a remote industrial location in the port, where there is nothing to do.
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Old December 17th, 2010, 06:31 PM   #4832
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I've read many trucks couldn't scale interchanges. Many of them are stuck, I've read traffic has to circle around stranded trucks at interchange Zaandam. It's not just congestion, but complete standstill of the road network in areas where snow falls.
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Old December 17th, 2010, 07:05 PM   #4833
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Wow! The longest traffic jam I could find is the A27 from Avelingen up to Almere, a distance of 71.6 km and an expected delay of 290 minutes! The other direction is also stuck: a jam from Almere up to Noordeloos, a distance of 60.4 km and an expected delay of 138.5 minutes.

Another insane traffic jam is on the A9: a traffic jam from Diemen (where this highway begins) up to Bergen (even beyond where the highway ends):

Picture of Amsterdam at 18:00 LT.

Edit: the traffic jams caught on the webcams of Rijkswaterstaat (the road authority):

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Old December 17th, 2010, 08:17 PM   #4834
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Bottom right hand picture showed vehicles using the shoulder lane. Is that permitted during peak hours in the Netherlands?
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Old December 17th, 2010, 08:19 PM   #4835
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I think the emergency crews of Rijkswaterstaat are still doing the best they can. Stranded trucks are towed pretty quickly, unlike in Paris a week ago where motorists had to stay in their cars or town halls during the night. Traffic congestion is slowly subsiding, but it will take several hours before all motorways are clear. As of 19.15 hours there is still some 400 km of congestion. A problem is that some motorways have turned into solid ice, making travel virtually impossible.
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Old December 17th, 2010, 08:19 PM   #4836
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Also dutch people are probably not used to snow on the roads, no wintertires on cars etc.
Tire Chains are a good alternative.
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Old December 17th, 2010, 09:24 PM   #4837
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Almost half past eight... still tremendous congestion around Amsterdam and Utrecht. The longest traffic jam is A27 between Gorinchem and Almere: 70 kilometers, 200 minutes delay.
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Old December 17th, 2010, 10:57 PM   #4838
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10 o'clock in the evening. Traffic situation has improved somewhat around Amsterdam, the non-motorways seem to be less busy than they were 2 hours ago. Utrecht is still heavily congested, especially on A27 where there is still a 60 kilometer traffic jam. A2 isn't much better, as is A12. A28 is mostly clear, and has been mostly clear in the outbound direction for much of the day, which is weird.

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Old December 18th, 2010, 12:35 AM   #4839
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After 18 hours non-stop rush hour, the last traffic jams are dissipating.

Here's a graph with the total traffic congestion using the traditional induction loop data. On the left is the evening rush of yesterday, which was already above average.
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Old December 18th, 2010, 01:04 AM   #4840
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Some statistics of the monster rush:

* 4th worst rush hour ever (in peak accumulated traffic congestion)
* 748 kilometers of peak traffic jam (traditional data)
* 1.5 million hours lost today
* 307.426 minutes that 1 km of traffic jam existed (traditional data)
* worst traffic jam day of 2010
* rush hour lasted from 06.00 - 00.00 (and counting)
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