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Old July 12th, 2012, 09:10 PM   #7661
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That is the intersection slip coming from the A4, isn't it?
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Old July 12th, 2012, 09:13 PM   #7662
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No, that's near interchange Vaanplein (A29) on the south side of the road.
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Old July 13th, 2012, 11:52 AM   #7663
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Parking fees increased by 15% in the past 4 years in the 30 largest municipalities. Amsterdam has the highest hourly fee of € 5, but saw the smallest increase of 4%. Parking fees went up 20% in Zwolle, 36% in Hengelo but went down 10% in Rotterdam. Some parties want to introduce a "paying by the minute" system. In most areas people have to pay by the hour, or 30 or 20 minutes, which means that if you park 31 minutes, you pay for 60 minutes.


Some other news; the southbound section control along A2 between Amsterdam and Utrecht will commence July 23rd. The speed limit on this 10-lane motorway is 100 km/h. Speeds will be measured along a 15.4 kilometer section between Holendrecht and Maarssen, in three separate sections (between exits). Northbound section control will commence later this year.
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Old July 13th, 2012, 02:02 PM   #7664
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A76/A79 Kunderberg Motorway Interchange

The reconstruction of the Kunderberg Motorway Interchange in Limburg province commenced yesterday. Two new connector roads will be constructed to allow traffic from Geleen to drive towards Maastricht and vice versa. This will relieve N281 and increase traffic on the relatively low-trafficked A76 motorway. It will also make the road network more robust in case of lane or road closures. Works should be completed in late 2013.

The Kunderberg interchange is currently one of the most incomplete interchanges in the Netherlands, apart from through traffic, only Maastricht < > Aachen traffic is currently possible.

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Current interchange:
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Old July 13th, 2012, 06:07 PM   #7665
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Knooppunkt Kunderberg isn't incomplete. It serve precisely the purpose which is needed.
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Old July 15th, 2012, 04:38 PM   #7666
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Heerenduiweg (IJmuiden)

This is the road that lead to the beach in IJmuiden.

It has a ridiculously low 50km/h (there are separate bicycle tracks and pedestrians footpaths, so that is not an issue; there are no adjacent buildings) limit.

It was empty the day I went there due to bad weather.
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Old July 15th, 2012, 04:45 PM   #7667
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IJmuidensluizen

The gates at IJmuiden are an essential part of flood control in Netherlands. They prevent high water from the North Sea flooding Amsterdam, while allowing ship traffic to the Port of Amsterdam.

There are a set of narrow crossings, used in pairs when the gates are closed. When there is ship traffic, only one of each movable bridge is opened per gate.

An interesting feature: contrary to most movable bridges in Netherlands. half of the bridges on IJmuiden are not opened by lifting them or turning them up in the air, but by pulling them (as they are attached to the gates) on the side on the gates' enclosures


The channel was opened to navigation


I had stopped to take pics, only to find myself blocked in a red light for 20 minutes while they opened the channel (shown above)
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Old July 15th, 2012, 10:56 PM   #7668
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This is the road that lead to the beach in IJmuiden.

It has a ridiculously low 50km/h (there are separate bicycle tracks and pedestrians footpaths, so that is not an issue; there are no adjacent buildings) limit.

It was empty the day I went there due to bad weather.
Quite a funny thing, I used this road yesterday!

From the fact that it was quiet, I got to use the road while it was closed (due to an event nearby, but since I had to work over there I got to pass). You could easily drive 100 (besides from the 1 speedbump). Indeed ridiculously low.
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Old July 17th, 2012, 11:19 AM   #7669
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A2 Leidsche Rijn Tunnel

The A2 Leidsche Rijn Tunnel malfunctioned this morning. The tunnel authorities could not control the traffic management system (matrix signs), after which the southbound main tube was closed for all traffic. This resulted in a waiting line of 15 kilometers. While malfunctions like these happen from time to time in Dutch tunnels due to electrical problems of overly complex systems, everyone feared this tunnel the most because it carries most traffic; nearly 200.000 vehicles per day. During normal rush hours traffic is free-flowing on this location.
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Old July 17th, 2012, 12:30 PM   #7670
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The Kunderberg interchange is currently one of the most incomplete interchanges in the Netherlands, apart from through traffic, only Maastricht < > Aachen traffic is currently possible.
and why it wasn't construct from the beginning to allow traffic from Aachen to Heerlen? I know there is a previous interchange at boundary with Germany which allow this, but this also dont't allow traffic from N281, Heerlen direction, to A76. Is there a relation between this 2 interchange? and why now is necessary this change? I'm a bit confused
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Old July 17th, 2012, 12:47 PM   #7671
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Traffic from Aachen to Heerlen has always been possible.1st exit after the border leads you to a dual carriageway parallel to the motorway with exits to various parts of Heerlen.
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Old July 17th, 2012, 12:57 PM   #7672
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That used to be a "knooppunt" status interchange; Bocholtz. It was reconfigured to make way for the Avantis business park exit. The business park was a major flop, only a few companies relocated to there. Some office buildings were empty for years and maybe still are.
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Old July 17th, 2012, 05:17 PM   #7673
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N62 Sluiskil Tunnel

Construction of the Sluiskil Tunnel near Terneuzen. It will be a bored tunnel, rather uncommon in the Netherlands.





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2nd link with the mainland? Will that be tolled as well?
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Old July 17th, 2012, 05:22 PM   #7675
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No 2nd link. It's in the N62 and will be a tunnel underneath this canal towards the harborindustry of Gent. This tunnel will not be tolled.
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Old July 17th, 2012, 05:36 PM   #7676
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So Dutch are boring tunnel because Belgian use canal frequently? BTW, why this part of land it's not Belgian? Will be easy and cheaper to manage transport there...
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Because its Dutch, and we have our heritage.
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Old July 17th, 2012, 05:58 PM   #7678
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So Dutch are boring tunnel because Belgian use canal frequently?
Kind of yes, of course we are building it because inhabitants of Zeeuws-Vlaanderen have to wait a lot for those ships. (I read that the bridge is open 1/3 of the time (20 mins. per hour))

The whole area is being chaged by the way, there will be 2 new 'interchanges' and the road wil be widened to 2x2 lanes

Sadly the best quality pic I could find
Smaller pic, but it's a lot clearer than the one above
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The Terneuzen sea locks will also be replaced to accommodate larger ships. The costs of that is over € 1 billion, about 90% paid by Flanders because they need it. That means any bridge crossing will be opened to shipping even more.
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Old July 18th, 2012, 12:35 AM   #7680
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...It will be a bored tunnel, rather uncommon in the Netherlands....
I would hope being bored would be uncommon in the exciting Netherlands*

Sorry. Couldn't resist.

*Weird linguistic thing: "exciting Holland" seemed more natural than "the exciting Netherlands," perhaps because of that "the"; I forced myself to write "the exciting Netherlands" because of, you know, recent discussions.
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