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Old April 29th, 2013, 02:17 AM   #9281
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The new bridge is almost ready for its temporary 6-0 system (the bridge is built for 4 lanes + shoulder).

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It will open soon and then the works on the renovation and the lifting of the old brigde can be started.
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Old May 1st, 2013, 09:40 AM   #9282
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Today it is 25 years ago that the speed limit in the Netherlands was raised from 100 to 120 km/h.

The Netherlands did not have speed limits on motorways prior to 1974. Already in 1960 a 120 km/h speed limit was recommended by a traffic safety board and a trial with speed limits was started in 1966. However the 1973 oil crisis was the major factor in introducing a speed limit.

The speed limit of 100 km/h was introduced on 4 February 1974. Days after its implementation, a raise to 120 km/h was already discussed in parliament because it was thought that very few people obeyed the speed limit of 100 km/h which resulted in negligible fuel savings.

Later in 1974, then-transportation minister Westerterp vetoed a European treaty which had a goal of harmonized speed limits of 120 or 130 km/h. A study in 1984 found that 75% of all motorists exceeded the speed limit of 100 km/h. The police strongly urges to raise the limit to 120 km/h. This finally happens on 1 May 1988.

The speed limit was raised again on 1 September 2012. 130 km/h is currently the maximum speed limit on Dutch motorways.
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Old May 1st, 2013, 11:24 AM   #9283
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"Later in 1974, then-transportation minister Westerterp vetoed a European treaty which had a goal of harmonized speed limits of 120 or 130 km/h."

Well, that was a stupid thing to do.
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Old May 1st, 2013, 11:53 PM   #9284
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"Later in 1974, then-transportation minister Westerterp vetoed a European treaty which had a goal of harmonized speed limits of 120 or 130 km/h."

Well, that was a stupid thing to do.
It should be simple:

100km/h near big cities or near dangerous points ( the busier parts of ring roads spring to mind ), the collector lanes.
130 everywhere else, ( Places like the A4 near Leidschendam, The whole A13, the A15/A16 bit near Ridderkerk, the A2 between A'dam and Utrecht spring to mind with completely retarded limits), express lanes on ring roads too.
130km/h or faster at night everywhere.


I could live with those speeds like that, but in the current form, especially around the big 4 cities, the speed limits are a complete joke...
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Old May 3rd, 2013, 02:56 PM   #9285
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Spatial development of the Rotterdam-Den Haag metroplex in the past 60 years.

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Old May 3rd, 2013, 04:43 PM   #9286
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A5 & A10 Amsterdam

It has not been officially reported by Rijkswaterstaat, but it appears that the second Coen Tunnel and the A5 Basisweg Viaduct will open to traffic on Monday 13 May 2013. The opening requires a long weekend closure (Wednesday evening to early Monday morning) of the A10.

When the second Coen Tunnel opens, all traffic will shift to the new tunnel, and the old tunnel will undergo a year-long renovation. Full capacity will be available in 2014.

Capacity will be more than doubled in 2014 compared to today. The new tunnel has a reversible lane, which means the number of inbound lanes will be increased from 2 today to 5 in the morning in 2014, and outbound in the afternoon.
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Old May 3rd, 2013, 05:03 PM   #9287
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That reminds me of the reversible lane in the Benelux Tunnel. Will they ever put that one into service?
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Old May 3rd, 2013, 05:20 PM   #9288
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It was built as a reversible tube, but never put into service. It's used for maintenance access. The reason given is that the adjoining segments do not have sufficient capacity thus the reversible lane has no advantages for traffic.
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Old May 3rd, 2013, 07:37 PM   #9289
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When the A15-MaVa and A4-Delft-Schiedam projects are finished, the tidal flow will be necessary.
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Old May 3rd, 2013, 07:39 PM   #9290
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Even with the new Blankenburgtunnel?
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Old May 3rd, 2013, 07:45 PM   #9291
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It was built as a reversible tube, but never put into service. It's used for maintenance access. The reason given is that the adjoining segments do not have sufficient capacity thus the reversible lane has no advantages for traffic.
It should allow one-lane traffic if one of the tubes is closed for whatever reason.
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Old May 3rd, 2013, 10:21 PM   #9292
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It is sometimes used to carry bikes through the tunnel in a little van in case there is a problem with the neighbouring tunnel for cyclists.
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Old May 4th, 2013, 10:28 PM   #9293
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A 1931 rendering of an elevated "fast road" in the Netherlands. It comes from a book about an envisioned high-speed road network by engineer Anton Mussert, who founded the pro-nazi NSB and was executed for high treason in 1946. He was chief engineer of the provincial water/roadworks authority of Utrecht province in the 1920s.

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The cows under the bridge are funny.
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Old May 5th, 2013, 06:36 PM   #9295
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Crops growing under a bridge, yeah
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The odd part for me is the oxcart going under the bridge.

By the way, did many people ride bikes at that time?
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The odd part for me is the oxcart going under the bridge.
Why odd? Netherlands at that time was as developed as many todays countries with both motorways and oxcarts.
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Old May 5th, 2013, 07:59 PM   #9298
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The odd part for me is the oxcart going under the bridge.

By the way, did many people ride bikes at that time?
Biking culture started in the interbellum years I believe!
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A5 & A10 Amsterdam

It's now been confirmed, the new A10 Coen Tunnel and A5 elevated motorway will open to traffic next Monday, May 13, 2013 at 05:00 hrs.

The end result in 2014:
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The A10 will be closed in both directions at the Coen Tunnel during the upcoming long weekend, from Wednesday evening to Monday early morning.

Some statistics about this weekend closure:

* non-stop work for 100 hours (4 days and 5 nights)
* 1.200 workers
* 10 construction sites
* 20.000 tonnes of milled asphalt
* 12.000 m³ sand
* 10.000 tonnes of foundation
* 23.500 tonnes asphalt (1500 - 2000 truck loads)
* 26 kilometers of road markings
* 6 kilometers of guardrails
* removing 3 gantries, installing 1 new
* remove 30 lampposts
* install 250 pavement induction loops
* modify 51 sub stations of MTM
* 12 new sets of vehicle height detection
* remove 6 gates, install 7 new ones (for closing the tunnel)

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