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Old April 10th, 2012, 01:48 PM   #6981
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An aquaduct carries water of other structures. Most people think of them as those Roman aquaducts, but the Dutch ones are also aquaducts, even though they're mostly constructed like a tunnel due to the lack of altitude differences. There are only a few Dutch-like aquaducts outside the Netherlands, I know of two or three in France. France will construct two giant aquaducts across the A26 and A29 in the coming years with the new canal from the Seine to Escaut (Schelde). There are 26 road/water aquaducts in the Netherlands (constructed or planned in the near future). There are also two railway aquaducts (Ringvaart & Abcoude).
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Old April 10th, 2012, 02:37 PM   #6982
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This place in Nieuwerkerk a/d IJssel comes to mind: http://cl.ly/3j053u1k0d1k3D0S1K35

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Old April 10th, 2012, 05:32 PM   #6983
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It looks like preentscreen from Sim City game
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Old April 10th, 2012, 06:58 PM   #6984
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Wow it looks different from how it now is, the parking lot on the right is now a Gym and Office (or residential) space.


But yeah most aquaducts look like tunnels here.

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Old April 12th, 2012, 06:39 PM   #6985
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A12 Utrecht - Veenendaal widening

Some aerials of the A12 Utrecht - Veenendaal widening project. They're replacing the 1930's alignment with basically an entirely new motorway across the old route. All bridges and viaducts are being replaced. It will be completed in 2013.

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Old April 12th, 2012, 06:53 PM   #6986
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Was it 2x2 with no emergency or they just cut temporarily the emergency lanes to do the works?
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Old April 12th, 2012, 07:03 PM   #6987
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This is currently the second phase of the project, they've already demolished the old bridges last year, what you currently see are new bridges for future westbound traffic only, which is currently being used with a 4-0 setup. The end product will feature 2x3 lanes. This is the only major road works with nearly entirely a permanent 100 km/h workzone speed limit. Usually workzone speed limits on motorways in the Netherlands are 70 - 90 km/h.
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Old April 12th, 2012, 07:11 PM   #6988
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Interesting graffiti on the surface of a motorway-like stretch of N57:

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Old April 13th, 2012, 01:52 AM   #6989
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What does it say? "..... Rabo rules'' is all I can read.
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Old April 13th, 2012, 04:23 PM   #6990
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Motorway roundabouts

The Netherlands had a tradition of constructing roundabouts as motorway interchanges. The design of these roundabouts varied. Most of them had at least two lanes, but some had fly-overs, or dive-unders, which means some motorways could be driven without being interrupted by the roundabout, and sometimes only the exiting directions went across the roundabout. Several of these roundabouts still exist.

Here's a list;

* Deil 1957 - 1989
* Gorinchem 1950 - 1976
* Heerenveen 1956 - 1998
* Hoevelaken 1952 - 1971
* Joure 1973 - 2015
* Leenderheide 1963 - present (flyovers)
* Kleinpolderplein 1970 - present (partially)
* Leidschendam 1957 - 1985 (Prins Clausplein)
* Oudenrijn 1939 - 1968
* Rottepolderplein 1974 - present (flyover & dive under)
* Velperbroek 1961 - present (flyover)
* Ypenburg 1957 - 1969

Oudenrijn interchange in 1959


Leidschendam interchange, circa 1950's. (current Prins Clausplein stack interchange)
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Old April 13th, 2012, 10:27 PM   #6991
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Funny you should mention it since I was thinking of posting about the decline in numbers of parallel lane cloverleaf interchanges in the Netherlands.

The interchanges Deil, Oudenrijn and eventually Hoevelaken will all have gone from an at grade roundabout to a cloverleaf and finally a rebuild with at least one semi direct connector.

Kerensheide (A2/A76) is in te process of getting a fly-over and with Valburg and Ewijk along the A50 near Nijmegen it's pretty much the same. Badhoevedorp (A4/A9) will be completely rebuilt, Beekbergen (A1/A50) is supposed to be reconfigured a bit and who knows what will happen at Gorinchem (A15/A27) when more details emerge about the widening project there.

That would only leave Zaarderheiken (A67/A73) and Ressen (A15/N325) as full cloverleafs together with the four northern interchanges near Heerenveen, Drachten, Hoogeveen and Emmen in all their sub-standardness.

Funny how design parameters change with growing traffic numbers. Even the proposed interchange between the A7 and the N33 in the north will get a semi-direct connector, like Zaandam (A7/A8) eventually got.

We've still got plenty of trumpet interchanges though, and maybe Hooipolder (A27/A59) will eventually be a cloverleaf, but this particular design looks to be on its way out.
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Old April 14th, 2012, 11:28 AM   #6992
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Old April 14th, 2012, 01:19 PM   #6993
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Yesterday, Sunday April 1st, the northbound lanes of the A4 near Leiden were directed through the aquaduct Oude Rijn, with an additional lane available.
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Old April 14th, 2012, 03:23 PM   #6994
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The graffiti was put there when the Tour de France started in Rotterdam, July 2010, and continued over the N57 to the south.
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Old April 15th, 2012, 10:53 AM   #6995
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Dutch motorway turns 75!

Today it's exactly 75 years ago the first Dutch motorway opened to traffic. On April 15th, 1937, the A12 motorway opened between Voorburg and Zoetermeer, near The Hague.

The first Dutch motorway was 9 kilometers long. It was also internationally interesting because it was the first to feature continuous shoulders. The roadway was mostly made of concrete slabs, with bricks on onramps and offramps and the shoulders, mainly to support the ailing Dutch brick industry at the time (the 1930's was the big depression, economically). A total of 121 kilometers of motorway would open to traffic before the beginning of World War II, with another 60 kilometers under construction at that time.

Photo: A12 in 1937
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Old April 16th, 2012, 02:23 PM   #6996
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A28 in Gelderland:

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Old April 16th, 2012, 05:04 PM   #6997
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A12 Utrecht - Veenendaal widening

Good news, the contractor for the A12 widening between Utrecht and Veenendaal reported the additional capacity will be available "immediately after the summer", likely in September. This is one half year ahead of schedule, and in fact 2.5 years ahead of schedule, compared when the works commenced in January 2011. The works on the A12 widening were quite extensive, they are rebuilding the entire motorway, including all bridges and overpasses. An ecoduct is also constructed.


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Old April 16th, 2012, 05:38 PM   #6998
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The Netherlands had a tradition of constructing roundabouts as motorway interchanges. The design of these roundabouts varied. Most of them had at least two lanes, but some had fly-overs, or dive-unders, which means some motorways could be driven without being interrupted by the roundabout, and sometimes only the exiting directions went across the roundabout. Several of these roundabouts still exist.

Here's a list;

* Deil 1957 - 1989
* Gorinchem 1950 - 1976
* Heerenveen 1956 - 1998
* Hoevelaken 1952 - 1971
* Joure 1973 - 2015
* Leenderheide 1963 - present (flyovers)
* Kleinpolderplein 1970 - present (partially)
* Leidschendam 1957 - 1985 (Prins Clausplein)
* Oudenrijn 1939 - 1968
* Rottepolderplein 1974 - present (flyover & dive under)
* Velperbroek 1961 - present (flyover)
* Ypenburg 1957 - 1969
In Belgium they have a roundabout to connect the E313 and E314, one of the most dangerous highway interchanges in Europe if you ask me, as traffic often enters the roundabout at a to high speed and unaware that there might be traffic driving on the roundabout that wants to exit. Adding some traffic lights would help...
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Old April 16th, 2012, 05:41 PM   #6999
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That's the Lummen motorway interchange. It has been replaced by a turbine/windmill hybrid recently.

Other oval roundabout-like interchanges in Belgium still in use are Cheratte (near Liège) and Strombeek-Bever (near Bruxelles).
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Old April 16th, 2012, 05:41 PM   #7000
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And in additional news:
The first part of the A4 South (Halsteren - Dinteloord) will be opened june 18th this year.





It's a real small section, but it guides you srond the traffic lights near Halsteren, which cause a lot of delays. Traffic can go straight onto the N259 (Steenbergseweg). The Steenbergseweg south of the new junction with the A4 will be closed, so traffic from Steenbergen will automatically get on to the A4.

The rest of the A4 will be opened in the end of 2013, possibly october 24th 2013. This date was in a news item, but the date hasn't been confirmed.

Looking northbound from the viaduct near Halsteren. De darker line of asphalt is new and is the final layer. This section will open on june 18th


Some more pics from yesterday in the next post
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