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Old February 11th, 2013, 06:28 PM   #9021
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That road will become very busy when the new Meerenakkerweg interchange with the Eindhoven Beltway is constructed.
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Old February 12th, 2013, 11:15 AM   #9022
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Purely aesthetic reasons surely ? Has no advantage over 2 viaducts ??


Also, why are there traffic lights on the road going up when it's only for the couple of buildings located there ? Surely raffic is WAY to small to justify traffic lights ?
Here's some context with respect to the location
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Old February 12th, 2013, 04:03 PM   #9023
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I've looked over the location myself.

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n the new Meerenakkerweg interchange with the Eindhoven Beltway is constructed.
Still doen't justify traffic lights for the 2 side roads imho, there are 4 companies there, do they really justify a loss of 30sec-1 minute for every car on the Heistraat ?

They'd make sense if the Zoom road was connected to the neighborhood, otherwise it seems a bit pointless ?
Traffic lights are being plumped down way too soon, I regret the growth of the amount of traffic lights everywhere!
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Old February 12th, 2013, 04:07 PM   #9024
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I would expect those traffic lights being activated by vehicles on minor roads
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Old February 12th, 2013, 06:18 PM   #9025
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A50 Ewijk Waal River Bridge

The main span of the second Ewijk Waal River cable-stayed bridge is almost completed. It has the second longest main span of the Netherlands at 270 meters, though is pretty irrelevant on a world scale (the largest cable-stayed bridge in the world has a main span of more than 1000 meters).

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Old February 12th, 2013, 08:59 PM   #9026
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IJssel River bridges, Zwolle

There are three bridges that span the IJssel River at Zwolle. The southernmost is a railway bridge, the other two are road bridges. Shown in this photo are the Katerveer Bridge, opened 1930 and the new IJssel River Bridge, opened 1970. Approximately 150 000 vehicles per day cross the river here.

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Old February 12th, 2013, 10:03 PM   #9027
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That road will become very busy when the new Meerenakkerweg interchange with the Eindhoven Beltway is constructed.
I found an aerial photo of where the new interchange will be constructed. It will only give access to the local lanes (numbered N2), not the express lanes (A2). Also notice the bridge already has space for 2x3 lanes along A2.

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Old February 13th, 2013, 12:54 PM   #9028
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A4 Ringvaart Aquaduct

The old Ringvaart Aquaduct, opened in 1961 as the first aquaduct in the Netherlands. It was originally used in both directions.


The second Ringvaart Aquaduct, opened in 2010. Expandable to 5 lanes with left and right shoulders.
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Old February 13th, 2013, 03:07 PM   #9029
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Infrastructure fund budget cut

The minister of transportation has been given the task to cut € 6.4 billion out of the infrastructure fund until 2028.

These budget cuts are divided by modality as follows;

* roads € 3.43 billion
* railways: € 2.03 billion
* waterways: € 0.45 billion
* regional projects: € 0.46 billion

The bulk of the budget cuts consist of postponing investments. This means the projects will still be constructed, but later. Most of the fund dedication after 2021 has not been chosen yet, so there is room to postpone projects. About 10% of the budget cuts are actual scrapped projects.

These scrapped road projects are;

* N23 Hoorn - Kampen (second phase)
* A6 Aquaduct Scharsterrijn
* A67 Leenderheide - Geldrop (second phase)
* A67 no-regret investment (minor tweaks)
* N35 Wijthmen - Nijverdal upgrade
* N50 Kampen - Kampen-Zuid widening 2x2
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Old February 13th, 2013, 04:11 PM   #9030
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I think that the province of Overijssel is hit quite hard by these budget cuts. N50, N35 are both in the province, and the N23 cuts has indirect effects on their infrastructure.
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Old February 13th, 2013, 05:00 PM   #9031
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I think it's a tactical move. Schultz knows Overijssel province has a lot of money to spend because they sold their utility companies a few years ago. Several provinces have sold energy suppliers to Swedish Vattenfall a few years ago, and this generated a couple of billion euros. That is also why you see these large provincial road investments in Overijssel and Noord-Brabant, amongst others.

Overijssel province should acquire the N35 as a provincial road if they are willing to upgrade it to a 2x2 expressway in my opinion. The national government gives very little priority to this road, which is the single most important road for intraprovincial travel in Overijssel.
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Old February 13th, 2013, 08:09 PM   #9032
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N421 Houten

The Council of State has rejected all appeals against the construction of the 3 kilometer long provincial road N421 and the new Houten interchange along A12 east of Utrecht. Construction will begin this year and the new interchange and N421 will open late 2014 or early 2015.

Here's a render of the new interchange, which can only be driven to and from Utrecht.
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Old February 13th, 2013, 08:40 PM   #9033
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N31 Leeuwarden Bypass

Construction of the N31 Leeuwarden Bypass becomes quite visible in the field now. It will be a 100 km/h 2x2 expressway including 1 aquaduct (and another one in the western entrance of Leeuwarden, which is built simultaneously). Leeuwarden is the capital and largest city of Friesland (Fryslân) province.

1. Werpsterhoek interchange (A32/N31)


2. Wirdum interchange


3. Western entrance of Leeuwarden (city to the left)


4. N31 / western entrance interchange
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Old February 13th, 2013, 10:37 PM   #9034
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The Council of State has rejected all appeals against the construction of the 3 kilometer long provincial road N421 and the new Houten interchange along A12 east of Utrecht. Construction will begin this year and the new interchange and N421 will open late 2014 or early 2015.
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Old February 14th, 2013, 11:15 PM   #9035
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When the N31 is finished. Will it be faster to take N31/A31 than to go all the way on A7 from Groningen to Afsluitdijk?
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Old February 14th, 2013, 11:44 PM   #9036
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When the N31 is finished. Will it be faster to take N31/A31 than to go all the way on A7 from Groningen to Afsluitdijk?
Doubt it. N31 maintains a 100 kph limit, A7 is 130 most of the way.
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Old February 16th, 2013, 01:42 PM   #9037
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A2 Martinus Nijhoff Bridge

The Martinus Nijhoff Bridge spans the Waal River. It's a cable-stayed bridge with a main span of 256 meter, fairly minor by European standards, but it's among the largest cable-stayed bridges in the Netherlands.

The photo was taken in 2007, during the removal of the original bridge from 1933. It had 4 lanes with no median barrier and was arguably the worst bottleneck of the 1990s. It was replaced by the current bridge only in 1996.

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Old February 17th, 2013, 09:48 PM   #9038
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New Waal River Bridge, Nijmegen

A new bridge across the Waal River is currently under construction in the city of Nijmegen. It is actually the largest bridge in the Netherlands in terms of main span, at 285 meters, just 5 meters longer than the Van Brienenoord Bridge in Rotterdam.

The main span is an arch and is constructed at a nearby site, and will be shipped into position this spring. The arch is 60 meters tall above the bridge deck, from water to top is about 75 meters at normal water levels. It may be the tallest arch bridge in the Netherlands, but statistics are not readily available.

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Old February 18th, 2013, 01:05 AM   #9039
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That is some City Bridge! It is remarkable that this project seems to be not capturing any headline at all. But it is a very nice bridge to see. I like arches in bridges, they have a more classic look and feel then most modern bridges.
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Old February 20th, 2013, 12:07 PM   #9040
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Wilhelmina Canal Bridge, Tilburg

This is suburbanists' turf. This bridge spans the Wilhelmina Canal in western Tilburg. It's part of the old beltway. The bicycle bridge was installed a couple of years ago. 4-lane undivided roads are rather uncommon in the Netherlands.



The new beltway opened last year and contains another bridge across the Wilhelmina Canal, about 4 kilometers west of the above bridge. It has 2x2 lanes and a cable-stayed bridge for some kind of eco crossing.

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