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Old November 22nd, 2012, 06:15 PM   #8481
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"turboduct"

The city of Hilversum opened a new intersection today, a turbo roundabout with an underpass. They call it a "turboduct".

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Old November 22nd, 2012, 07:02 PM   #8482
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Dupont Circle (and various other circles) in Washington has looked like that for decades....
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Old November 22nd, 2012, 07:12 PM   #8483
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Dupont Circle is not a turbo roundabout, in fact it's more like an inverted turbo roundabout. You have to take the left lanes to make a right turn.
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Old November 22nd, 2012, 07:16 PM   #8484
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All I know is, for a pedestrian, it's a pain: unless you cut straight across using the walkways that line up with Connecticut Avenue, it can take a good ten minutes to get around it, thanks to each of the up-to-six intersections you'd have to cross to go 180 degrees having two lights (one for traffic leaving the circle and one for traffic entering) and their apparently not being timed with pedestrians in mind.
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Old November 22nd, 2012, 09:13 PM   #8485
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N356 De Centrale As

The first segment of the N356 "Central Axis" project has been tendered. Construction will begin soon on a circa 7 kilometer segment of new expressway: 2x2 lanes and a speed limit of 100 km/h. The cost is € 22 million, or just over € 3 million per kilometer, extraordinarily cheap by Dutch standards. The new expressway will open in December 2015.

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Old November 24th, 2012, 12:18 PM   #8486
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A4 Steenbergen

A photo of the Steenbergen Aquaduct under construction.


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Old November 25th, 2012, 02:31 PM   #8487
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A5 Amsterdam

The Westrandweg Run was held yesterday, a race across the new A5 motorway in Amsterdam. Former minister of transportation Camiel Eurlings - who worked tirelessly to get this project done - started the race.

The first phase of the new motorway - between the A9/Raasdorp interchange and Luvernes exit in the port of Amsterdam - will open December 14, 05.00 hours.



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Old November 26th, 2012, 07:52 PM   #8488
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Municipality sued over bad road maintenance

The municipality of Stichtse Vecht has been sued by the public prosecutor over a fatal accident caused by poor road maintenance. 2 people were killed in 2009 when their motorcycle crashed into a tractor due to bumps in the road caused by tree roots. The bumps were about 4 - 6 cm. Test proved the motorcycle already got off the ground at 50 km/h, while the speed limit is 60 km/h.

The verdict may have far-reaching consequences for road authorities in the Netherlands, especially municipalities.

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Old November 26th, 2012, 07:59 PM   #8489
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What also should be noted is that the municipality had gotten various complaints about the road surface and another motorcyclist had died earlier on that road, partly due to the bad road surface. The municipality didn't do anything about it! They said that signs with 'bad road surface' on them were sufficient.
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Old November 26th, 2012, 09:14 PM   #8490
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A10, Amsterdam

Notice these apartment buildings almost built on top of A10 in Amsterdam.

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Old November 26th, 2012, 09:19 PM   #8491
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That actually looks weird from Streetview. Looks like someone could jump from those windows onto the highway
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Old November 26th, 2012, 09:34 PM   #8492
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That actually reminds me of this scene:
http://youtu.be/Sh9FvvjE-Es?t=7m28s
starts at 7:28
(that's an Italian cult movie, may appear silly but there's a lot behind the simple humor)

That place still exists, in Rome:
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Old November 26th, 2012, 09:42 PM   #8493
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The municipality of Stichtse Vecht has been sued by the public prosecutor over a fatal accident caused by poor road maintenance. 2 people were killed in 2009 when their motorcycle crashed into a tractor due to bumps in the road caused by tree roots. The bumps were about 4 - 6 cm. Test proved the motorcycle already got off the ground at 50 km/h, while the speed limit is 60 km/h.

The verdict may have far-reaching consequences for road authorities in the Netherlands, especially municipalities.
Isn't there a rule that motorist has to adapt the speed and driving to the conditions and skills in order to keep within the safety margin?

I mean, I can imagine that when an unexpected problem in the road is encountered the motorist can't react to it, however most of the problems are vivid beforehand.
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Old November 26th, 2012, 09:46 PM   #8494
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Notice these apartment buildings almost built on top of A10 in Amsterdam.

That is indeed crazy. Ideal for a road geek, right ? I know lots of people in CZ that are arguing with the famous this could have not happened in the west... well nice picture to show them .
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Old November 26th, 2012, 09:57 PM   #8495
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Interestingly it appears that the apartment building was built just before or just after the motorway opened. But back in the 1960s there was no noise regulation. Even today the left (west) apartment building has no noise barrier in front of it.
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Old November 27th, 2012, 12:37 AM   #8496
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Notice these apartment buildings almost built on top of A10 in Amsterdam.

What a pity !
How is it possible to live in this building in front of the highway ?
I hope for inhabitants they can be lodged elsewhere.
I'm sure to become mad if I have to live here.
Impossible to live with open windows without to receive pollution, cigarettes into the dinner plate,...!!
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Old November 27th, 2012, 06:54 AM   #8497
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Tbh, I'd quite gladly live there, nice n low housing prices, and I'd find sitting on my balcony looking at all the cars calming....
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That is indeed crazy. Ideal for a road geek, right ?
Exactly.

Pollution is indeed the only thing that would put me off a bit. Don't mind the noise and I love the view...
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Old November 27th, 2012, 06:59 AM   #8498
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+1 I loved the view.
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Old November 27th, 2012, 09:48 AM   #8499
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Tbh, I'd quite gladly live there, nice n low housing prices, and I'd find sitting on my balcony looking at all the cars calming....
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Old November 27th, 2012, 10:17 AM   #8500
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What actually happens at an intra-EU (particularly intra-Benelux) border crossing these days? Those are just conventional service areas that happen to be at the border (or maybe replaced the customs facilities), right?
Industrial/commercial zones on either side of the border. Mainly filled with transport-related businesses (trucking companies, truckwash, gas stations, storage facilities). Oh, and there's a "Beer Paradise" on the Belgian side if you ever need to stock up on your pints :-).

The former customs facilities are nowadays used as overnight truck parkings.
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