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Old October 3rd, 2011, 06:10 PM   #6121
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The bridge across the Amsterdam - Rhine Canal on A1 east of Amsterdam. The bicycle bridge has to be one of the largest freestanding bicycle bridges in the Netherlands. Most long bridges are attached to another bridge.

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Old October 3rd, 2011, 08:52 PM   #6122
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A10 Second Coen Tunnel

The works are progressing well. All traffic has been diverted to the new outer carriageways, and the old motorway has been demolished. The new skyways from A5 will connect to A10 here.


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Old October 4th, 2011, 04:51 AM   #6123
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Great pic, very funny to see that wide thing go into this very slim 2x2 tunnel at the moment.
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Old October 4th, 2011, 09:04 AM   #6124
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The bicycle bridge has to be one of the largest freestanding bicycle bridges in the Netherlands. Most long bridges are attached to another bridge.
The Nescio Bridge over the same canal comes to mind. And it's even more free standing; there are several hundred meters between the nearest road (which is the A10) and the bridge.
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Old October 5th, 2011, 04:18 PM   #6125
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Old October 5th, 2011, 05:46 PM   #6126
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Friesland - Fryslân


A province that is often overlooked when it comes to road project is the province of Friesland (Frisian: Fryslân). For its size and traffic volumes, a lot of rather extensive projects have and will be executed.

Recently completed projects:

* N7 Sneek: grade-separating + new aquaduct
* N31 Leeuwarden - Drachten: new 2x2 grade-separated alignment
* N31 Zurich - Harlingen: new 2x2 grade-separated alignment
* various aquaducts throughout the province

Future projects:

* A6/A7: new free-flow interchange Joure
* A6: new aquaduct Scharsterrijn
* N31 Leeuwarden bypass: new 2x2 grade-separated expressway
* N31 Harlingen: new 2x2 aquaduct
* N356 Centrale As: new 2x2 grade separated expressway from Dokkum to N31
* N381: new 2x2 / 1x2 grade separated expressway from Drachten to the border with Drenthe

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Old October 6th, 2011, 11:09 AM   #6127
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It's interesting that Friesland is investing so much in car infrastructure. The total population of the province is only 650.000, its capital Leeuwarden only has 90.000 people:

- Most projects (A7/N7, A6, N31) are finishing what was once planned but never properly built: the N7 Sneek, the Joure Interchange, the lack of a Leeuwarden bypass, the N31 Harlingen are all signs of under-investment in the past.

- Most important source of financing is the funds re-allocated from the canceled Zuiderzee railway line (Amsterdam-Groningen).

- it seems that in Friesland the provincial government is taking more control in road building, also where the road is a national road (like N7 Sneek, N31 Leeuwarden and Harlingen). They seem to take a very pragmatic approach with lots of expressway alignments in stead of full motorway profiles.

- Friesland does not have a very dominant large city, so there are not a lot of prestigious public transport plans: mostly increasing frequency on existing railway lines (Leeuwarden-Sneek, Leeuwarden - Wolvega and Leeuwarden - Groningen) and trying to sustain existing/suffering bus lines with smaller buses.

- The only exception is a railway line in study from Heerenveen via Drachten to Groningen (which is highly uncertain, and mostly advocated for by Arriva, the main PT concession holder in Friesland).
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Old October 6th, 2011, 11:43 AM   #6128
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The A31 extension was a long time coming, frankly. I always felt a faint sense of disappointment when I left the Afsluitdijk and then had to go down to Heerenveen on my way to Groningen.
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Old October 6th, 2011, 11:54 AM   #6129
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Gouwe Aquaduct


Today the Gouwe Aquaduct turns 30. On October 6th, 1981, the aquaduct went into operation. The A12 motorway runs through it, and currently carries 154 000 vehicles per day. It is located in the city of Gouda, not far from Rotterdam.

The A12 itself is significantly older, in June 1938, the A12 motorway opened to traffic between exits Moordrecht and Gouda. There was a drawbridge located across the Gouwe River at that time. The A12 was completed between Den Haag and Utrecht by 1939, as the first intercity motorway in the world outside Germany. When vehicular traffic increased after world war II, especially during the 1960's, the need for a new link increased because of bridge openings, causing lengthy delays and dangerous situations with idling traffic. The new aquaduct went under construction in 1975, and opened six years later in 1981, with 2x4 lanes. The new aquaduct has space for 2x5 lanes, and an additional lane opened in 2010 in the Den Haag-bound direction.

The Gouwe Aquaduct remained notorious in the traffic information, although the structure itself has enough capacity, but nearby sections do not. This was reduced when the A12 was widened with additional lanes towards Zoetermeer, and they are currently working to finalize the 4th lane between Gouda and Utrecht. The other direction already has 4 lanes.

Some photos:

1. An aerial view of the aquaduct.


2. Eastbound traffic congestion, caused by the lane reduction from 4 to 3 lanes towards Utrecht.


3. Driver's view from the aquaduct.
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Old October 6th, 2011, 07:07 PM   #6130
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Car crash on the A12 near Arnhem has caused a traffic chaos in the area:




This is a Printscreen from 30 mins ago. It's even worse now, even though the road is clear now. Current situation:

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Old October 6th, 2011, 08:43 PM   #6131
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It shows how congested Dutch roads are. One crash causes complete collapse in almost entire city metro area. Frightening.
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Old October 6th, 2011, 09:56 PM   #6132
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Shoulder running went into operation on yet another location, this time the A9 between Uitgeest and Alkmaar. Because it was combined with large-scale maintenance, construction lasted for almost a year. This is an old motorway from 1961 and shoulder width was more narrow than on newer motorways.

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Old October 7th, 2011, 06:45 PM   #6133
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There is a proposal for a province merger in the Netherlands. The provinces of Noord-Holland, Utrecht and Flevoland should merge and form a North Randstad Province. Population: 4.1 million (largest in the Netherlands).

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Old October 7th, 2011, 10:17 PM   #6134
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In my opinion the Noordoostpolder should return to Overijssel, when this plan to merge the 3 provinces would become reality.
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Old October 7th, 2011, 11:22 PM   #6135
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And Texel to Friesland also I think.
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Old October 7th, 2011, 11:28 PM   #6136
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I really should't know why. Texel has nothing to do with Friesland at all. Not cultaral, not linguistic, and not economically. Texel has a ferry to Den Helder, so it should be logical to keep Texel to the new combined province.
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Old October 7th, 2011, 11:29 PM   #6137
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I disagree, Texel has way more with Noord Holland then with Friesland. The ferry departs from Den Helder (Noord Holland) and practically everyone works in Noord Holland. I don't see anty reason why Texel should go to Friesland. But go ahead, convince me

aswnl and I had the exact same thought
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Old October 7th, 2011, 11:44 PM   #6138
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And Texel to Friesland also I think.
Demographically it wouldn't make sense but i can understand your argument when you place it in a geographical way.

I think the chance of Noordoostpolder joining Friesland is more likelier.
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Old October 8th, 2011, 12:10 AM   #6139
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25 years ago Noordoostpolder was part of Overijssel.
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25 years ago Noordoostpolder was part of Overijssel.
I knew that but I wanted to put it in perspective.

By the way, it is a relatively new piece of land, it was never really that assimilated with the province of Overijsel but that's another story.
Lets get back on topic.
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