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Old March 18th, 2011, 09:12 PM   #5201
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A28 Utrecht - Amersfoort

The ministry of transportation and waterworks published the "road adjustment decision" today. It's a simplified form of a record of decision. The A28 is currently a 2x2 motorway with 85 000 - 100 000 vehicles per day and is one of the most saturated motorways of the Netherlands operating near or at capacity throughout the day. Traffic jams can occur at any moment.

The eastern section opened in 1962 as a bypass of Amersfoort. The right-of-way is narrow, because they didn't began to implement wider medians until the second half of the 1960's. The western section from Utrecht to Amersfoort opened in 1986, one of the last major motorway completions in the Randstad. It has a wide median and concrete pavement.

The western section will be widened from 4 to 6 lanes using the median. Generally, no overpasses need adjustment for this. The eastern section is more difficult, and will receive a temporary median widening using so-called "plus lanes", which act like shoulder running, but then on the left side of the road. This is the 1962 section, which will be widened permanently after 2015 in conjunction with the Hoevelaken interchange rebuild.

The road works will be carried out in 2011 and 2012. Here's a map of what the road layout will be in late 2012:
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Here's a map of 2022 traffic volumes:
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Old March 20th, 2011, 12:55 AM   #5202
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On Google Maps, this community, Baarle Nassau shows up as a separate country. Why is this. The image is on the N260/Turnhoutseweg

http://maps.google.ca/maps?client=fi...41.65,,0,10.19

Is it an independent nation (like Monaco), Or is it a special area of some kind, like the ACT in New South Wales (I think) Australia?
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Old March 20th, 2011, 01:00 AM   #5203
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Those are exclaves of Belgium. Some of those exclaves also have Dutch enclaves. Really complicated (especially on the legal side, they want to build a bypass there).
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Old March 20th, 2011, 01:06 AM   #5204
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Ah. Okies.
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Old March 20th, 2011, 01:07 AM   #5205
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Baarle-Nassau is a remnant of late-Medieval mess Europe was.
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Old March 20th, 2011, 01:33 AM   #5206
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On Google Maps, this community, Baarle Nassau shows up as a separate country. Why is this. The image is on the N260/Turnhoutseweg
Baarle Nassau is a strange community. It is a part of Belgium that lies in the Netherlands. To make it more interesting, inside this little bit of Belgium there are small bits that are Dutch!

Long story short, in 1190 Hendrik the First was the duke of Brabant (the area Baarle-Nassau is part of). He traded bits of land with the lord of Breda. However, an exception had to be made for specific plots of land that had already been cultivated. Essentially, the Duke kept the farms and villages, the lord got the forests and wildlife. This was done because the Duke had already granted leases to the farmers / villagers that could not be cancelled, and as a bonus where rather lucrative as well!

Now fast forward a few centuries. In 1648 the peace of Munster was signed ending the 80 year war between Spain and the Dutch Republic (7 Provinciën). The northern provinces of present-day Netherlands form the republic. Part of the southern provinces of present-day Netherlands as well as all of present-day Belgium stay with Spain. The lands that belonged to the duke of brabant fall under the jurisdiction of the republic. The lands that belonged to the lord of Breda under Spanish jurisdiction.

Flash forward almost 200 years and you end up in 1839 with Belgium becoming an independant state. They are formed from the lands left by Spain. The Baarle-Nassau situation still not resolved.

Despite attempts to solve the Baarle-Nassau situation, no solution could be found that was satisfactory to all parties involved. And so we end up in 2011 with a Belgian "island" inside the Netherlands. An island that has several (tiny) Dutch "islands" inside!

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Old March 21st, 2011, 01:34 PM   #5207
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A4 Delft - Schiedam

Interesting, the A4 Delft - Schiedam "Midden-Delfland" project is, according to some, the most objected road project of the Netherlands. However, Rijkswaterstaat organized a series of meetings during the past weeks and in that time only 2 inhabitants surrounding the area attended. Rijkswaterstaat cancelled the remaining meetings in March and April.

This seems to become another A4-Leiderdorp, where the people living in the area have dropped their objections leaving the anti-car brigade / environmental wacko's as the sole opponents of this project. Hopefully Rijkswaterstaat can persuade some of them to drop their objections against the Council of State like it worked with the A15 widening.
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Old March 21st, 2011, 06:50 PM   #5208
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A1-A6-A9-A10 Schiphol - Amsterdam - Almere

Minister Schultz signed the flagship record of decision today; the largest road works in at least a decade: the widening and improvement of the motorways between Schiphol, Amsterdam and Almere. The works will cost € 4.4 billion and will commence late 2011 and be completed in 2020.

63 kilometers of motorway will be widened, with an additional 190 kilometer of lanes. This is a substitution of the canceled A6-A9 link which would've brought an additional 44 lane kilometers. Hence, this project is an improvement of almost 150 lane kilometers compared to the canceled project.

* A10 Amstel - Watergraafsmeer: from 6 to 8 lanes (2011-2012)
* A1 Watergraafsmeer - Diemen: from 6 to 10 lanes (2013-2016)
* A1 Diemen - Muiderberg: from 7 to 12 lanes (2013-2016)
* A6 Muiderberg - Almere-West: from 6 to 10 lanes (2013-2016)
* A6 Almere-West - Almere-Oost: from 4 to 8 lanes (2013-2016)
* A9 Diemen - Holendrecht: from 4 to 11 lanes (2016 - 2020)
* A9 Holendrecht - Badhoevedorp: from 6 to 8 lanes (2016 - 2020)



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Old March 21st, 2011, 08:52 PM   #5209
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Here's a detailed map I translated.

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Old March 21st, 2011, 09:38 PM   #5210
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These will be real tunnels or something like the one in Utrecht?
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Old March 21st, 2011, 09:43 PM   #5211
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They will be at-grade tunnels, over the existing motorways. These are quite challenging projects to operate a 4-lane motorway while constructing an 11-lane covered motorway at the same spot in tight quarters.
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Old March 21st, 2011, 11:57 PM   #5212
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big truck crash today on the A1 between Apeldoorn-Bathmen, over 18km at one point.
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Old March 23rd, 2011, 01:55 PM   #5213
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According to a college of spatial economics, road pricing is absolutely neccesary to effectively battle congestion. Road pricing in combination with a larger road capacity is how the deadweight loss can be minimized (in other words, to maximize the production).
However, it's hard to manage this in a democratic society, because the remaining road-users have higher costs and many others are forced to take an other, less prefered way of transport.

The system in Athens, where cars with odd and even number plates would be allowed into the city on alternate days, is one of the worst things you can do, both economical and environmental:
- In a road-pricing system, users with the highest benefits will be using the highways: they are willing to pay the higher prices. In this sytem, however, that isn't the case.
- Due to the numberplate system, many housholds have bought a second car. However, this car is often an old one, with higher emissions.

Interesting theories... Perhaps we need a "kilometerheffing" after all.
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Old March 23rd, 2011, 01:58 PM   #5214
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proponents of road pricing assume there is a significant price elasticity in road transport.

However, numerous price increases of fuel, fuel tax, road tax, automobile taxes already proven this isn't the case.

Right now fuel prices are at their all time records, and traffic volumes are at the same time at all-time highs.

The only thing you can achieve is to price the poor off the road. What kind of tolls do they want to introduce to get people in one of the wealthiest nations on earth off the road?
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Old March 23rd, 2011, 02:05 PM   #5215
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The Council of State annouced three important road judgments today.

1) Appeals of a farmer against the 4th lane of A12 between Utrecht and Woerden have been rejected. The appeal was made over noise technicalities involving another road (noise cumulation).

2) Appeals of a plants breeder in Tilburg against the widening of the northeastern section of N261 Ring Road to 2x2 lanes have been rejected.

3) Appeals of a local against the construction of the new 2x2 N260 ring road in northwestern Tilburg have also been rejected. The local argued the new ring road is not necessary, but did not provide any proof to his statements.

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Old March 23rd, 2011, 05:27 PM   #5216
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Most European countries have tolls, so it shouldn't be to hard to find cases to study... I have a sense that barriers around public transport nods can work, but km-pricing not so good. And the license plate thing is just stupid...
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Old March 27th, 2011, 07:17 PM   #5217
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Western Bypass 's-Hertogenbosch

On March 18th, the final link of the western bypass of 's-Hertogenbosch opened to traffic. This is a dual carriageway, but not a motorway. It completes the full ring road around 's-Hertogenbosch.

's-Hertogenbosch is also called "Den Bosch" and is the capital of the North Brabant province.

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Old March 27th, 2011, 08:27 PM   #5218
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Most European countries have tolls, so it shouldn't be to hard to find cases to study... I have a sense that barriers around public transport nods can work, but km-pricing not so good. And the license plate thing is just stupid...
It's two different objects:
1., Road tolls in order to get the costs of road maintain from the users. Many European nations have such a system by toll stations and/or vignettes. In my opinion it is OK especially in roads where maintain costs are high (motorways, tunnels, bridges). Since some nations have had such a toll system for decades we can notice that almost all the cars (over 99%) take the motorway instead of using some secondary (but free) roads. BUt even for that 1% (typically trucks!) many nations created road tolls for secondary roads as well (typically only for trucks). This is the case e.g. in Hungary.
2., Tolls of political reasons: in order to force people not to use (or use less) the road but take public transport instead. I think such a system is only acceptable in places (typically city downtowns) where adding more roads is impossible or is only possible by extremely high costs. These are so called congestion charges.
Although the Netherlands have one of the heaviest traffic of Europe and is one of the most densely inhabitated nations of Europe (actually the top one if you take city states out), I am not sure if there is any place in the Netherlands where such a congestion charge could be acceptable since there are no real city downtons there unlike in London, Frankfurt or even Budapest and traffic is far less concentrated than in London or Singapore (cities that have a congestion charge).
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Old March 27th, 2011, 08:42 PM   #5219
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On what depends that the right line is solid or dashed?
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On what depends that the right line is solid or dashed?
The road markings are part of the "sustainable safety" program. It was developed during the 1990's and mainly implemented in the last 6 or 7 years.

Only expressways and motorways have solid edge markings. Other roads do not. The idea is these broken road markings would cause people to drive slower. I doubt if it has any statistically significant effect on the V85 value, but (tens of) thousands of kilometers of roads received new road markings. It's basically a huge waste of tax money, the system we had before (RONA) was way more simplified and easier to understand.
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