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Old December 19th, 2012, 10:27 PM   #8681
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2012 end of the year video

I made an "end of the year video" about road projects in the Netherlands. Many projects have been completed so a chronological compilation is presented in this video:

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Old December 19th, 2012, 10:51 PM   #8682
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Interchange Oudenrijn also has 2 cloverleaf connectors. If I'm not mistaken that's the busiest interchange in the country.
More than Prins Clausplein?
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Old December 19th, 2012, 11:02 PM   #8683
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Not sure. I thought it was. But can't check now. My source website is offline because of what I assume are technical problems.
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Old December 20th, 2012, 12:31 AM   #8684
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I made an "end of the year video" about road projects in the Netherlands. Many projects have been completed so a chronological compilation is presented in this video:

Cool video!
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Old December 20th, 2012, 06:25 PM   #8685
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N233 Rhine Bridge, Rhenen

An agreement has been made that a tidal lane will be constructed on the N233 Bridge at Rhenen. This bridge crosses the Rhine River and is the most used two-lane road in the Netherlands with nearly 32 000 vehicles per day. It was constructed in 1955 on the bridgehead of an older railway bridge. The tidal lane should open in 2016.



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Old December 20th, 2012, 07:15 PM   #8686
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I thought that in Europe those lanes were more or less abandoned because of safety and traffic organization concerns.
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Old December 20th, 2012, 07:35 PM   #8687
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Air quality keeps improving in the Netherlands

The latest governmental air quality report shows that air quality continues to improve in the Netherlands. Average concentrations of nitrogen oxide (NO2) and particles (PM10) continue to decline. There are still a few bottlenecks though, especially in city centers and around intensive farming.

The NO2 limit of 40 g/m (enforced from 2015) is exceed along only 0.5 kilometers out of the 5 050 kilometer national road network and 11 kilometers of the 131 085 kilometer general road network. The 2015 PM10 limit is exceeded along 22 kilometers of the entire Dutch road network.

Further improvement is expected with the latest generation of Euro VI engines, which are subsidized for public transport buses, the main source of urban pollution (at locations above the limits). Their NO2 emissions are 90% lower than that of older generation engines. The government will also discontinue waiving road tax for oldtimers over 25 years old because an increasing amount of 1980s cars are used for daily transportation to circumvent the road tax.

The two main pollutants are NO2 (nitrogen) and PM10 (particles). The base level of NO2 is low, but traffic adds quite a bit (especially diesel engines). The base level of PM10 is high, but traffic does not add a lot to it.
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Old December 20th, 2012, 08:11 PM   #8688
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Which is the widest and/or deepest acquaduct over road in The Netherlands?

Also, an incidental question: are there any aquaduct-over-rail here?
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Old December 20th, 2012, 08:15 PM   #8689
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Also, an incidental question: are there any aquaduct-over-rail here?
See my current avatar. (A4 / high-speed rail north of Leiden). Another one is the Gein aqueduct in Abcoude (Utrecht - Amsterdam 4-track railway, incredible waste of money).
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Old December 20th, 2012, 08:27 PM   #8690
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I made an "end of the year video" about road projects in the Netherlands. Many projects have been completed so a chronological compilation is presented in this video:

Fantastic compilation, these highways are very modern.
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Old December 20th, 2012, 10:10 PM   #8691
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Old newsreel about Kleinpolderplein interchange: http://www.openbeelden.nl/media/5411...erkeerscircuit
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Old December 21st, 2012, 01:33 AM   #8692
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See my current avatar. (A4 / high-speed rail north of Leiden). Another one is the Gein aqueduct in Abcoude (Utrecht - Amsterdam 4-track railway, incredible waste of money).
I would like to ask you, why do you think that the railway is waste of money? Is it just this case or do you consider railway in the Netherlands as not really feasible? thx.
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Old December 21st, 2012, 09:44 AM   #8693
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No, the aqueduct in the railway is a waste of money, because it crosses the smallest brook ever..
https://maps.google.nl/maps?q=Abcoud...,+Utrecht&z=18
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A brook ?
It isn't even as big as a ditch...
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Old December 21st, 2012, 10:52 AM   #8695
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No, the aqueduct in the railway is a waste of money, because it crosses the smallest brook ever..
https://maps.google.nl/maps?q=Abcoud...,+Utrecht&z=18
Oh, ok. I get it now. Bad reading. THX.
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Old December 21st, 2012, 02:24 PM   #8696
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Yes. It's entirely over the top, but in line with the late 1990s / early 2000s extravagant designs with little technical need. A culvert would have been sufficient here...


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Old December 21st, 2012, 06:24 PM   #8697
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Dutch edge city

I was playing around with some CBS data and found some interesting stuff. An "edge city" is usually considered to be an American thing, a suburban city with a high job-population ratio, usually quite far from the core city.

The Netherlands also has such a place. It's called the Haarlemmermeer municipality, built at the bottom of a former lake. Although it is known for Schiphol Airport and the suburbs of Amsterdam, this municipality is actually the only significant edge city of the Netherlands. Its job-to-population ratio is 0.99, which means there are 99 jobs for every 100 inhabitants. This is significantly above the Amsterdam ratio, which has 69 jobs for every inhabitants. Even if you would exclude employment at Schiphol Airport, the job-to-population ratio is still substantially higher than in other suburban municipalities around Amsterdam.



Besides Schiphol Airport, there are two major employment centers, namely Beukenhorst and Schiphol-Rijk. Both are chiefly office locations.

As a result, Haarlemmermeer has very high traffic volumes for the population size. The N201 provincial road carries nearly 70 000 vehicles per day while having very little through function. It is a six-lane arterial. The A4 carries 190 000 vehicles per day. There are currently works going on to add a new exit to A4 and moving the existing Hoofddorp exit.

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Old December 22nd, 2012, 03:06 PM   #8698
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N50 Kampen-Noord

The new Kampen-Noord interchange opened to traffic yesterday along N50 (Zwolle - Emmeloord). It can only be used by traffic to and from Zwolle.

Althought the 2022 forecasted AADT is only 2 170 vehicles per day, the on-ramp strangely enough features a ramp meter...

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Old December 22nd, 2012, 10:52 PM   #8699
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Big infrastructure meets big infrastructure. 12-lane A15 meets 10 railway tracks at Rotterdam.

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Old December 23rd, 2012, 12:36 PM   #8700
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Yes. It's entirely over the top, but in line with the late 1990s / early 2000s extravagant designs with little technical need. A culvert would have been sufficient here...
Maybe it has something to do with the policy to slowly abandon level rail crossings, and don't add new ones? Then there was the choice to either build a bridge or dive under.
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