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Old August 2nd, 2011, 03:06 PM   #5821
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Emmen? That would be crazy. The importance of Emmen is like zero. Zwolle would be enough to sign.
Emmen is the gateway to A31 - Germany and all Nordic countries by road access. So it is not of "zero" importance
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Old August 2nd, 2011, 04:45 PM   #5822
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But that is no reason we should sign it in Utrecht. There are a lot of routes to the northern part of Germany, via Emmen is just one of them. I should have said that the importance of Emmen in Utrecht is zero.
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Old August 2nd, 2011, 07:31 PM   #5823
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VMS on the A10 beltway of Amsterdam. It shows congestion on two routes towards Schiphol Airport. No congestion today.
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Old August 2nd, 2011, 10:03 PM   #5824
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The A20 near Rotterdam is closed for 1 week. Some pictures of the works and the abandoned road (OK, abandoned in 1 direction only )









Some kilometres more to the west:






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Old August 2nd, 2011, 10:06 PM   #5825
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Nice photos. I like the Rijkswaterstaat approach of short and intense road works instead of roadworks that drag out for months or even years. Not many countries can completely renovate 10 km of a six-lane motorway in two weeks. A20 carries 180 000 vehicles per day and is one of the busiest six-lane motorways in Europe.
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Old August 2nd, 2011, 10:33 PM   #5826
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What happens with the traffic from the opposite direction? Where is the detour?
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Old August 2nd, 2011, 10:38 PM   #5827
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ChrisZwolle, am I right in saying that the 4 motorways currently under construction in the Netherlands are:

A4 Bergen Op Zoom - Dinteloord
A4 Delft - Rotterdam (has this started?)
A5 Amsterdam
A74 Venlo

Is there ever a plan to complete the A4-A29 segment west of Oud Beijerland?
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Old August 2nd, 2011, 11:07 PM   #5828
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Technically the two A4-sections are not U/C yet, but will be by the end of this year.

The Delft - Rotterdam section has been green-lit by the Council of State. No legal process can stop this now. The Bergen op Zoom - Dinteloord section is awaiting Council of State judgment. If everything goes smoothly, construction can begin in October.

A5 and A74 have been under construction for over a year now. A5 will be completed in 2013, A74 in early 2012, they progress extremely fast there, having outpaced the Germans who started their construction almost 5 months earlier.

There are currently no real plans for A4-A29, though space has been reserved in the spatial planning programme of (I believe) 2005. It would be quite costly, likely requiring two tunnels or one long tunnel. I don't think we will see any construction before 2020 as all funding up until that year has been distributed over the numerous projects. Not only the missing link would need to be constructed, the antiquated Haringvliet Bridge would need replacement too (just north of the N59 interchange).
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Old August 2nd, 2011, 11:32 PM   #5829
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I shot a number of pictures today with Timon of the A4 motorway just south of Amsterdam, where it features 10 lanes. It was the first 2x5 motorway in the Netherlands, though the 10-lane section is no more than 8 kilometers. The A2 2x5 section is much longer (25 km).

1. The left lane is technically a peak hour lane. It's usually closed outside rush hour. Traffic volumes here are not exceptionally high, approximately 190 000 vehicles per day. It's rarely congested, except when there are incidents, or traffic jams on nearby motorways.
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A4-1 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr

2. Traffic is flowing smoothly around noon.
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A4-2 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr

3. A new interchange is under construction in the distance, where a new N201 alignment will be opened. There will be a new parallel system, with 2x2 additional lanes, bringing this cross-section to 14 lanes.
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A4-3 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr

4. Ahead is the rest area Den Ruyven Hoek, probably the largest rest area in the Netherlands, a country not known for its elaborate rest areas.
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A4-5 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr

5. As we are very close to Schiphol Airport, airplanes fly over every 2 minutes. In the distance is the control tower.
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A4-6 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr

6. I really like this kind of overhead signage.
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A4-7 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr

7. About 2 kilometers further south, near the Nieuw-Vennep interchange.
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A4-8 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr

8. Signage for interchange Burgerveen, where A44 branches off A4.
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A4-9 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr

9. Until mid-2010, the A4 narrowed to 2 lanes ahead. The widening to 3 lanes reduced congestion significantly.
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A4-10 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr

10. Dutch skies, as they say.
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A4-11 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr

11. Traffic merging from A4 (right), A44 (middle) and N207 / Nieuw-Vennep (left)
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A4-13 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr

12. Amsterdambound.
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A4-14 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr
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Old August 3rd, 2011, 01:50 AM   #5830
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2 new video's:
N61 Schoondijke - Hoek, Zeeuws-Vlaanderen, you'll see the traffic problems because of the slow driving tractors...


A tour in Terneuzen, with the locks of the canal Gent - Terneuzen:


I've made also a few pictures at the Sluiskilbrug, which was closed for about 20 minutes (N61-N62, nearby Terneuzen).
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Old August 3rd, 2011, 09:53 AM   #5831
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Emmen? That would be crazy. The importance of Emmen is like zero. Zwolle would be enough to sign.
Emmen is straight ahead.. Logical.
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Old August 3rd, 2011, 12:25 PM   #5832
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The cycle path should be wider and act as a road for slow traffic.
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Old August 3rd, 2011, 10:28 PM   #5833
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Yes, and that was stupid, because they signed it via Zwolle. It should've been signed via Almere / Lelystad, because that's slightly shorter and less congested.
That's right. From Groningen heading towards Calais I usually go via Joure onto the A6, at Almere onto the A27 to Utrecht and carry on to Breda, Antwerp.
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Old August 4th, 2011, 10:40 AM   #5834
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A new video: the westernmost section of the A1 motorway, from Bussum into Amsterdam.

It features the newly widened reversible lanes. Also some info about the future situation, this corridor will get a dramatic overhaul.

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Old August 4th, 2011, 11:26 AM   #5835
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Infrastructure corridor:

* A58
* railway Bergen op Zoom - Vlissingen
* N289
* Schelde - Rijn Canal

Note the space for 2x3 lanes on the A58 bridge. Classical 1970's engineering, even though six lanes will probably never be necessary (41 000 vehicles per day).


source: beeldbank Rijkswaterstaat, Joop van Houdt.
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Old August 4th, 2011, 11:34 AM   #5836
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I can't imagine how crowded is that section of E231 the rest of the year. That video reminds me of another shot which shows the Beijing subway with nobody on it, when is always crowded (Like E231) (It was Chinese New Year's eve)
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Old August 4th, 2011, 11:36 AM   #5837
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Wow! First European displayed speed limit signs! And applicable (and known) for most of drivers from outside the Netherlands.
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I hate those signs. They never say 130
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Old August 4th, 2011, 12:51 PM   #5839
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I hate those signs. They never say 130
Even more annoying, they can't say 130
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Old August 4th, 2011, 12:54 PM   #5840
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Why not? It's possible
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