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Old February 27th, 2013, 11:29 AM   #9081
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As to the highest point in the Dutch motorway network, it is the A76 near Heerlen, which reaches some 180 meters there.
I've heard of this mystical place. I was told you need oxygen bottles when you drive there.
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Old February 27th, 2013, 11:30 AM   #9082
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N201 Schiphol Airport Bypass

The N201 is currently under construction from A4 at Hoofddorp to west of Mijdrecht. It is one of the largest provincial road projects in the Netherlands this decade.

It has a rather inconsistent layout of 2x2 lanes, traffic lights, tunnels and interchanges, but it will be a major improvement.

A notorious land developer near Schiphol-Rijk (Chipshol) has been acquiring land in the area since the 1980s to develop high-tech office parks around the airport. However he doesn't want to sell a right-of-way for the N201 bypass. I don't understand why this is taking so long (eminent domain is usually no major problem in the Netherlands). This issue halts the construction of this 330 meter viaduct:

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Old February 27th, 2013, 11:34 AM   #9083
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And the highest?
I think it must be A2 near Meersen.
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Old February 27th, 2013, 05:14 PM   #9084
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N33 Assen - Zuidbroek duplication

The official start of the N33 duplication was today. Officials drove a provincial road authority truck through a sign as a symbolic start. A 37 kilometer stretch of N33 will be widened to 2x2 lanes. The status of an expressway will be retained, which means the speed limit will remain 100 km/h. The project will be completed in late 2014, so it's a rather quick project (under 2 years).



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Old February 28th, 2013, 11:43 AM   #9085
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This is to cover the huge flows of traffic to that go from Assen to... Germany?
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Old February 28th, 2013, 12:22 PM   #9086
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Not at all. The quite big traffic in between Emshaven and south part of Groningen, Drenthe province. BTW, this is good idea - traffic congestion in Groningen on Julianaplein will be reduced
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Old February 28th, 2013, 12:40 PM   #9087
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Eemshaven! Completely forgot about that.

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Old February 28th, 2013, 04:16 PM   #9088
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The road is heavily used by truck traffic, so the speed limit of 100 km/h is usually not attainable for long distances. Besides that, the widening is chiefly a traffic safety issue, N33 is one of the least safe two-lane N-roads in the Netherlands. The northern part between Veendam and A7 is actually the busiest, with 20 000 vehicles per day.
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The road is heavily used by truck traffic, so the speed limit of 100 km/h is usually not attainable for long distances. Besides that, the widening is chiefly a traffic safety issue, N33 is one of the least safe two-lane N-roads in the Netherlands. The northern part between Veendam and A7 is actually the busiest, with 20 000 vehicles per day.
Busier than N206 in KAtwijk?
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Old February 28th, 2013, 05:20 PM   #9090
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The busiest part of the N33 to be upgraded of course
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Old February 28th, 2013, 05:57 PM   #9091
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A2 Maastricht Tunnel

The first segment of double-deck tunnel in Maastricht has been built.



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Old February 28th, 2013, 10:43 PM   #9092
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Details are sketchy at this moment, but media reports € 500 million will be added to the road budget of 2013-2014 to battle the recession and create jobs in the construction sector, which is among the hardest-hit sectors in the past 5 years of the triple recession cycle.

This news comes just a few weeks after the budget cuts for road projects where announced, so it is unclear what the effect will be. Because it is short-term money, I think most of the money ends up in maintenance and maybe the acceleration of postponed projects (I think A12 Ede - Grijsoord interchange has a good chance since this project can begin immediately).
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A positive thing of Dutch road construction planning is that, apparently, they only begin projects they can afford to finish, e.g., no "let's kickstart it and see how we finance the rest 3 years from now"
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Old March 1st, 2013, 06:34 PM   #9094
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A positive thing of Dutch road construction planning is that, apparently, they only begin projects they can afford to finish, e.g., no "let's kickstart it and see how we finance the rest 3 years from now"
True. Projects get underway as soon as they are fully funded. Funding is regulated through a solid planning process of financial resources, called the MIRT. Once projects are funded, they are executed as fast as possible.

There are a few differences with Germany. Most German projects are not fully funded at once, but by pieces every year, which means they can only build as far as funding allows each year. Sometimes they begin projects while not all funding or environmental clearance has been secured.

In addition, many projects are cut up in little pieces and tendered separately. Even various aspects of road projects in Germany are frequently tendered separately (paving, bridgework, guardrails, etc) while in the Netherlands the whole deal is tendered to one major contractor, increasingly common as a DBFM contract, where they are also responsible for 20 years of maintenance.

PPP projects with shadow tolls have turned out very unfavorable for the Dutch government. The A9 Wijker Tunnel was constructed for € 280 million, but the entire 30-year concession has cost the government about € 1 billion. There haven't been any new such concessions in the Netherlands for 20 years for that reason.
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2013-2014 investment package

The € 500 million road construction investment has been unveiled today.

The economic recovery package includes the following projects;

* A12 Ede - Grijsoord interchange widening to 2x3.
* N35 Zwolle - Wijthmen, 2x2 expressway
* construction of 700 truck parking lots along A1 and A67
* accelerated renovation of A22 Velser Tunnel
* A27 ? (no idea what this is, may be an error)
* widening A6 Almere - Lelystad after 2018 (this is the first time I've heard of this)
* A2 Deil interchange - 's-Hertogenbosch (unspecified project)
* A1 Muiderberg interchange - Eemnes interchange (unspecified project)
* Northern Belt Amsterdam (unspecified project, possibly A8 extension)
* Brainport<1> Eindhoven (unspecified project, apparently road-related)

<1> Major economic areas in the Netherlands have fancy names like Brainport or Food Valley, etc.
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Old March 1st, 2013, 07:03 PM   #9096
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* A27 ? (no idea what this is, may be an error)
I think it's also a renovation, besides the Velsertunnel. I think they joined those together because they're both maintenance and forgot the possible confusion between A22, Velsertunnel and A27.
Maybe a renovation of the Merwedebrug @ Gorinchem?
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Old March 2nd, 2013, 04:27 PM   #9097
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A50 Ewijk Waal River Bridge

Some photos of the new Ewijk Waal River Bridge, taken today.

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Old March 4th, 2013, 03:35 PM   #9098
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I just passed this bridge this morning at 06:00 hours. The gap looked closed to me and your pictures confirm this. It will be quite a big challenge to lift the old bridge to the level of the new bridge to make for an easier passage of the bridge for ships with higher loads. I wonder how long the old bridge will be closed for lifting and renovations. My guess is it could easily be 6 to 12 months.
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Old March 7th, 2013, 05:25 PM   #9099
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A4 Delft - Schiedam

Some major constructive problems occurred at the A4 Delft - Schiedam motorway construction.

They found vertical drainage pipes in the central section which go down deeper than thought and are also much more extensive than thought. These pipes were built in 1974-1975. The existence of them was already acknowledged last year, but the extent of them became clear just now. There are some doubts whether the planned half-depressed motorway is still feasible.


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Good, just build it on ground level already. Stupid idiots.
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