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Old December 18th, 2007, 11:50 PM   #661
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N69 Belgian border - Valkenswaard - Eindhoven
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The N69 is a national road in the south of the Netherlands. It connects Hasselt with Eindhoven, and goes through Valkenswaard and Waalre/Aalst through the shopping streets, which is always terribly congested. The N69 runs through a nice natural scenery in the southern section.

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Old December 22nd, 2007, 01:38 PM   #662
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Throughout the country, new signage experiments are being in process.

Interchange Zaarderheiken (A67 - A73) near Venlo;









This is obviously German-based signage. I think it's much more clear, because it really shows how the situation will be at the exit, and it's better than one sign with one arrow and all destinations on it, because you can't see that there are actually 2 exit lanes; 1 exit lane and a taper lane.

Interchange Velperbroek (A12 - A348) near Arnhem.





Near Den Bosch;








Ofcourse, some are a bit messy, and it's only in experimental stages, but straight-up arrows shows the upcoming lane configuration much better than downward arrows imo.
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Old December 22nd, 2007, 04:20 PM   #663
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I like downward arrows better.

Btw what do the numbers in this pic mean?
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Old December 22nd, 2007, 04:25 PM   #664
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Dutch industrial area's have often numbers instead of names (which foreigners can't pronounce often). This extra sign says which direction to follow for your industrial area.

This avoids regular signs get spoiled with relatively unimportant local stuff. Especially at interchanges, the number of destinations should be kept to a minimum.
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Old December 22nd, 2007, 04:43 PM   #665
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Old December 22nd, 2007, 07:04 PM   #666
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New signs look very neat. Infact, I love it!
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Old December 26th, 2007, 11:53 PM   #667
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Leo ten Brinke tunnel

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Old December 27th, 2007, 12:48 AM   #668
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What I love the most about the Dutch highways are the matrix sings and dynamic-information-panels.

Matrix signs are a fully automated system used in case of an incident, roadwork or traffic jam. The main purpose is to alert and slow down upcoming traffic. About a kilometre before the incident orange lights start flashing and the matrix sings show "90", which from that point on is the maximum speed. The next sign shows "70", and the one after that "50", progressively slowing traffic down to 50 kmh. The signs can also display a green or yellow arrow or a red cross, showing which lanes are closed for traffic.

The dynamic-information-panels display traffic information. Mostly the length of traffic jams, in either kilometres or minutes. They can also display the fastest route to take till the next large city, expected dangerous weather conditions, planned roadwork or any other text message.


Matrix sign showing a maximum speed of 80kmh due to heavy smog near Rotterdam.



The red cross on the left lane means this lane is closed for all traffic, except emergency services.


Dynamic-information-panel showing upcoming traffic jams.


Dynamic-information-panel showing the best route to take, near Amsterdam.

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Old December 27th, 2007, 01:04 AM   #669
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I love those signs too that can control speeds, lanes etc. I wish they were implemented here in Ontario, Canada as well.....they are extremely well thought out and implemented great as well.

The bottom-most picture I have a hard time figuring out, mainly cause I am not familiar with the area, and that makes little or no sense. I think text-based signage makes more sense that that, but they definitely do look dynamic and can be used to display almost anything!
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Old December 27th, 2007, 01:21 AM   #670
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It shows the "Ring A10 Amsterdam" a circular highway in Amsterdam. The parts displayed in red are jammed. The A1, A4 and A8 are connecting highways. At the time this picture was taken the western part of the A10 was jammed (showing in red), so it's faster to drive the circle in the other direction.
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Old December 27th, 2007, 01:42 AM   #671
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The eastern ring is usually faster, since the damn Coentunnel is only 2x2 lanes without shoulders.

They will add a second tunnel, but let's not forget the subsidized anti-mobility clubs.
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Old December 27th, 2007, 02:39 AM   #672
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sigh....yep let's not start on that one
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Old December 27th, 2007, 03:03 PM   #673
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Netherlands heading for day-long rushhours?

The "traffic jam weight" (length of traffic jams * duration of traffic jam) increased heavily between the traditional rushhours, from 10.00 until 15.30, the traffic jam weight rose by 23% in 2007. A survey by the Dutch automobile and tourism association ANWB showed this.

Especially the region Arnhem/Nijmegen and the south of the country saw a lot more traffic jams than in 2006, the number of traffic jams rose by 20% in these regions. The region of Utrecht also saw an increase of traffic jams; 13%. The overall traffic jam growth was 8,1% in 2007 compared to last year.

The evening-rushhours were more busy this year, the number of traffic jams between 15.30 and 20.00 hours rose 6,5%. The number of traffic jams in the morning rushhours dropped 1,8%, mainly caused because of the lack of winter-situations early 2007.

Rain caused busy days in May and June, but the number of rushhours with bad weather conditions dropped 30% compared to 2006.

Thursday remains the busiest day of the week. Business and recreational traffic causes the Friday afternoon to be twice as busy as other days. Especially the A50 and A2 in the east saw a lot more traffic jams on fridays.
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Old December 27th, 2007, 03:10 PM   #674
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Most busy rushhours in 2007:
  • Monday evening May 7th 556km (rain)

    Tuesdayevening May 29th 535km (rain)

    Mondaymorning November 19th 524km (sleet)

    Tuesdaymorning November 20th 493km (rain)

    Mondaymorning December 3rd 491km

Top traffic jam locations:
Morningrushhour
1. A8 Interchange Coenplein -> Amsterdam
2. A27 Lexmond -> Utrecht
3. A28 Interchange Hoevelaken -> Utrecht
4. A12 Interchange Prins Clausplein -> Den Haag
5. A16 Interchange Ridderkerk - > Rotterdam

Eveningrushhour
1. A27 Noordeloos -> Breda
2. A2 Hedel -> Den Bosch
3. A50 Rhine bridge Renkum -> Eindhoven
4. A1 Interchange Diemen -> Amersfoort
5. Interchange Lunetten -> Arnhem

24 hours
1. A1 Diemen -> Amersfoort
2. A10 Coentunnel -> Zaandam
3. A4 Hoogmade -> Den Haag
4. A13 Den Haag -> Rotterdam
5. A20 Rotterdam -> Gouda
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Check this out, some Dutch forumers make freakishly-reallife signs on their computer















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Old December 27th, 2007, 10:11 PM   #676
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Look great and very professional
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Old December 28th, 2007, 12:25 PM   #677
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Looks cool! Hope it will be not that bussy if I go to Amsterdam this afternoon, just have to plan my visit
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Old December 28th, 2007, 12:29 PM   #678
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Now is the best time of the year to hit the road. Almost no traffic jams, because of the lack of commuter traffic. Though the 2nd day of Christmas still caused 25 traffic jams.
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Old December 28th, 2007, 02:51 PM   #679
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very nice
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But we have the MS-DOS based matrixsigns to control the traffic, even on 2nd Christmasday (or boxingday). Which is good that it's DOS because it tends to crash almost never and there are some versions which are said to be bugfree (thus very reliable for such things as the signs)

Basicly this system is quite similair to the German matrix signs above the raods only most dutch matrixsigns above the roads can only display speeds like some already mentioned.
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