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Old May 13th, 2013, 11:40 PM   #9341
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Very good news, This finally means Den Haag-Arnhem will always be at least 2x3 lanes (bar a small bit near Zoetermeer if I'm correct?) .

The Wesy-East routes are all undercapacity, the A15 and A1 could use 2x3 lanes too!
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Old May 13th, 2013, 11:45 PM   #9342
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Very good news, This finally means Den Haag-Arnhem will always be at least 2x3 lanes (bar a small bit near Zoetermeer if I'm correct?) .
That section has plus lanes
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Old May 14th, 2013, 12:05 PM   #9343
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Plus lanes, bah. That's like being promised a birthday cake and then someone shows up with fruit cake. It doesn't count.
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Old May 14th, 2013, 12:36 PM   #9344
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Plus lanes, bah. That's like being promised a birthday cake and then someone shows up with fruit cake. It doesn't count.
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Old May 14th, 2013, 01:50 PM   #9345
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A50 Ewijk Waal River Bridge

The Second Waal River Bridge west of Nijmegen is almost finished. There is an open day next Monday, after that it will open to traffic.

The bridge has six lanes temporarily, the future layout will be 4 southbound lanes.

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Old May 14th, 2013, 02:13 PM   #9346
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Here is a video of the newly opened second Coentunnel and A5:

Video starts from last exit on A8, here
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Old May 15th, 2013, 12:05 AM   #9347
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A256 Zeeland + Zeelandbrug

A neat video of the Goes-Ziekerzee route connecting two of the Zeeland islands, including the long Zeelandbrug. This bridge was formerly tolled. Tolls were abolished in 1991 AFAIK (not sure)

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Old May 15th, 2013, 01:13 PM   #9348
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N348 Dieren

The Gelderland province published the definitive environmental report of the N348 in the town of Dieren.

The N348 is currently a two-lane road with traffic signals and a parallel railroad with level crossings, which means queues for the level crossings easily congest through traffic on N348.

The plan is to build a depressed two-lane cut which serves through traffic and some local traffic. The project cost is € 100 million.

The project is critized for the lack of spatial reservation for future expansion. The current road handles over 20000 vehicles per day, and although not all of that would run through the depressed road, it has little spare capacity for future traffic growth. A motorway (A48) was planned in this area in the 1960s.



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Old May 16th, 2013, 02:12 PM   #9349
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A58 Tilburg - Eindhoven

The minister of infrastructure and environment has decided to initiate the procedures for widening the A58 to 2x3 lanes between Tilburg and Eindhoven. The widening of the motorway was originally postponed to 2023 - 2026, but a coalition of regional governments and businesses are willing to pre-finance the widening.

The project consists of 21 kilometers of motorway to be widened to 2x3 lanes. The budget so far is € 450 million. Most of the motorway needs a complete rebuild, it opened in two phases in 1961 and 1966. 2011 traffic volumes fluctuated between 79.000 and 98.000 vehicles per day.

The goal is to have a design-EIS by 2017 and construction perhaps in 2018 or 2019, 4 years earlier than anticipated.

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Old May 16th, 2013, 03:40 PM   #9350
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N62 Sluiskil Tunnel

The first tube breakthrough has been achieved at the Sluiskil Tunnel near Terneuzen. The full length of 1140 meters of the first (northern) tube has been bored. Breakthrough was achieved a couple of days later than planned because of the railway disaster in Belgium, which delayed supply of wall elements.

They will now disassemble the tunnel boring machine and transport it back to the west side of the canal after which the second tube will be bored. Boring operations should be completed in the fall of 2013.

Breakthrough was rather uneventful for spectators because it occurred under water due to the high ground water levels, to keep pressure constant.

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Old May 16th, 2013, 08:50 PM   #9351
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A5 + A10 Amsterdam

Minister Schultz of Infrastructure & Environment officially inaugurated the new Coen Tunnel + A5 elevated motorway today. It also marks the beginning of the renovation of the old Coen Tunnel, which will be finished before summer 2014.



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Old May 16th, 2013, 11:27 PM   #9352
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The minister of infrastructure and environment has decided to initiate the procedures for widening the A58 to 2x3 lanes between Tilburg and Eindhoven. The widening of the motorway was originally postponed to 2023 - 2026, but a coalition of regional governments and businesses are willing to pre-finance the widening.

The project consists of 21 kilometers of motorway to be widened to 2x3 lanes. The budget so far is € 450 million. Most of the motorway needs a complete rebuild, it opened in two phases in 1961 and 1966. 2011 traffic volumes fluctuated between 79.000 and 98.000 vehicles per day.

The goal is to have a design-EIS by 2017 and construction perhaps in 2018 or 2019, 4 years earlier than anticipated.
Finally! What a dreadfull stretch has that road become due to the many traffic jams, and the times that you can hardly drive at 80 km/h just because it so busy there. Over the years I have lost a lot of time there.

But the stretch between Tilburg and Breda also needs to be widened to 2 x 3. Only then will this East-West corridor be suitable for the traffic loads it has to cope with.
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Old May 17th, 2013, 05:05 PM   #9353
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National signage authority

The cabinet approved the creation of the national signage authority, or Nationale Bewegwijzeringsdienst (NBd). Its goals are to standardize road signage (directional signage) in the Netherlands.

Traditionally the Dutch motorist association ANWB installed and designed the directional signage. However in the late 1990s they were sacked from installing signs along national roads (motorways and major N-roads). This resulted in ANWB implementing a drastically new design, colloquially called "Redesign" along all provincial and municipal roads (i.e. 98% of the Dutch roads). The "old school" signage was continued by another supplier along motorways until Rijkswaterstaat rolled oud "New Signage Motorways" about 5 years ago.

The most noticeable difference between redesign and old school is the typeface and the arrows.

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Old May 17th, 2013, 05:35 PM   #9354
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I bet most people don't even notice the difference.
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Old May 17th, 2013, 06:03 PM   #9355
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I'd think most people would, even though the new signs were tested before I had my license, it always feels weird to me because I'm still used to the old ones.

Especially on motorways.

If people don't notice the new signs, then they either :

Always drive the same routes and never look at signs.
Always have GPS.

If it's not either of the 2 above and they just don't notice, then I don't think they should have a license, what more do they not they notice on the road then ?
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Old May 17th, 2013, 06:21 PM   #9356
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Old May 17th, 2013, 06:24 PM   #9357
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It's a known fact that the ANWB redesign typeface is more difficult to read at speed, especially for people with glasses. Anyway, redesign was never an improvement, and especially unsuited for large overhead signs.
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Even though I appreciate the Dutch trying to copy the German system, which is really good, the Dutch have tried to make a few improvements which is really not working. Large exit numbers on the exit sign, together with route number, followed by a whole bunch of names of towns makes the sign look really messy.
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Old May 18th, 2013, 11:47 AM   #9360
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A2 Maasbracht - Geleen

The minister of Infrastructure & Environment has initiated procedures to widen a 20 kilometer stretch of A2 to 2x3 lanes in southern Netherlands, between interchange "Het Vonderen" (A73) and interchange "Kerensheide" (A76).

This key stretch of motorway carries 80.000 - 100.000 vehicles per day and shoulder running was added in early 2011. It was clear from the beginning that shoulder running is not a sustainable solution because it has to be in operation for much of the day. A permanent widening to six lanes with shoulders is the preferred alternative.

The widening will cost € 250 million and construction will be done between 2022 and 2025.

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