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Old November 9th, 2011, 11:28 AM   #6301
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N356 Expressway

Good news in northern Netherlands.

The Council of State has rejected all appeals against the construction of a new 2x2 N356 expressway in Friesland province. The road will connect N31 with the isolated town of Dokkum. It will have two spurs, which are two-lane. A new aquaduct will be constructed near Burgum. All intersections are grade-separated. The previous record of decision was annulled by the Council of State, but the Friesland province repaired it, and can now proceed with construction.

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Old November 9th, 2011, 05:51 PM   #6302
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N356 will have 100km/h speed limit?
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Old November 9th, 2011, 06:04 PM   #6303
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Yes.
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Old November 9th, 2011, 07:23 PM   #6304
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A12 Utrecht - Veenendaal

The widening of A12 is in steady progress.

There are 113 aerial photos available from October 28th:
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Old November 9th, 2011, 08:06 PM   #6305
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Free the freeways

Transportation minister Schultz formally inaugurated the left shoulder running on A12 in Zoetermeer today. This eliminates the last two-lane bottleneck between Utrecht and Den Haag. This also makes it the longest left shoulder running in the Netherlands, stretching for 32 kilometers from Woerden to Zoetermeer.

During the current government cabinet period, 800 new lane kilometers will be constructed, which consists of regular widenings, shoulder running and left shoulder running ("plus lanes"). During 2011, 289 kilometers of new lanes have opened to traffic, out of which 62 km was originally planned to be in service by 2012.

Shoulder running went into operation on several locations in the past month;

* A1 Bussum - Eemnes
* A9 Uitgeest - Alkmaar
* A12 Zoetermeer - Zoetermeer-Centrum
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Old November 12th, 2011, 06:04 PM   #6306
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A50 Ewijk - Valburg

A photo update by Captain007 of the A50 widening from 2x2 to 2x4 lanes, including an additional Waal River Bridge.

1. Reconstruction of interchange Ewijk.
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DSC_0703 by jeroenvanlieshout, on Flickr

2. Wider roadway:
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3. Widening
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4. New Waal Bridge construction
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Old November 14th, 2011, 05:41 PM   #6307
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N18 Varsseveld - Enschede

A design-record of decision is due to be published this week. Some details are already released in the form of this schematic map. The current N18 is a two-lane road with some grade-separation, but also traffic signals and urban sections. It's a deadly road, due to the long distances involved and heavy traffic. As you can see the main upgrades are from Groenlo up to Enschede, although only the last section will have 2x2 lanes.

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Old November 14th, 2011, 08:33 PM   #6308
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Weird they use the German font in the speed signs.
And I guess the new road will be a lot better.
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Old November 15th, 2011, 11:10 AM   #6309
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A16, Rotterdam. Busiest motorway in the Netherlands at 250.000 vehicles per day.
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Old November 16th, 2011, 01:45 AM   #6310
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I once driven through The Netherlands from Aachen in Germany to Belgium and I must say that Holland has some of the finest motorways Europe has to offer, Radi will be very happy to know that Holland has very shiny crash barriers and quality of asphalt.
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Old November 16th, 2011, 11:46 AM   #6311
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From Aachen to Belgium? That wasn't a long trip on Dutch soil then. If you blink you've missed it
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Old November 16th, 2011, 02:49 PM   #6312
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Yeh its only about half an hour!
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Old November 16th, 2011, 06:06 PM   #6313
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Even less, unless you were driving like 60 km/h I'd say more like 15 mins (27 km with 120 km/h)
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Old November 16th, 2011, 06:29 PM   #6314
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How old is that motorway I drove on? It looks very new!
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Old November 16th, 2011, 06:43 PM   #6315
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You were driving on A76. The first section opened in 1954. It was completed in 1976.
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Old November 16th, 2011, 06:44 PM   #6316
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Openingdates from wegenwiki.nl (and their source is autosnelwegen.nl --> SSC user aswnl )
19-11-1954: Nuth - interchange Ten Esschen (3 km)
19-12-1959: Spaubeek - Nuth (4 km)
29-11-1963: Geleen - Spaubeek (3 km)
15-07-1966: Interchange Kerensheide - Geleen (2 km)
15-12-1970: Bocholtz - German border (2 km)
11-04-1973: Belgium border - interchange Kerensheide (3 km)
28-06-1976: interchange Ten Esschen - Bocholtz (10 km)

EDIT: Chris was ahead of me
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Old November 16th, 2011, 06:53 PM   #6317
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I'm no road expert but that motorway just looks like it was relaid only few years back and the ride is very smooth... Dutch, Hungarian and Croatian motorways are very good.
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Old November 16th, 2011, 06:56 PM   #6318
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The Dutch are obsessed with good highway paving, mostly to reduce noise. They use a special asphalt (porous) that drains very well rainwater, and reduces noise, but degrades quickly. Hence, they are always repaving everything every 4-6 years.
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It might have been repaved lately, but I don't know when that would have happened.

EDIT: That's the 2nd time in 2 posts that this happens...
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Hence, they are always repaving everything every 4-6 years.
The general paving cycle is every 7 - 10 years. Some sections are paved more often for repairs, but that's usually only a top layer. That said, there are motorway sections with asphalt than is over 20 years old. But these are still in relative good condition (no potholes or tracks).
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