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Old June 17th, 2013, 05:51 PM   #9441
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N35 Zwolle - Wijthmen

Minister Schultz has approved funding for the rapid construction of the new N35 southeast of Zwolle. N35 is a major entrance road with two lanes, traffic lights and 27.000 vehicles per day. The new design will feature 2x2 lanes and a grade-separated interchange.

Construction was initially postponed for 2018-2020 due to budget cuts, but is now sped up to 2015-2016. Construction cost is € 48 million.

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Old June 17th, 2013, 05:54 PM   #9442
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Driven that road-through-the-lake from Lelystad to Enkhuizen this morning. It's actually quite fun to drive on. Speedlimit is 100 and it must be one of the few roads where you are allowed to overtake in Holland. (plus the N-roads in Friesland, which also seems to be extempt of overzealous safety measures)
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Old June 17th, 2013, 06:08 PM   #9443
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The new design will feature 2x2 lanes and a grade-separated interchange.
Will the entire N35 from Zwolle to Wierden be upgraded to A35?

I used Google Translater for translating the wikipedia article:

"Within the town of Zwolle is called the N35 Ceintuurbaan and he is part of the ring road Zwolle. The capacity of the Ceintuurbaan is now extended from 2x2 to 2x3 lanes. The province of Overijssel want the full range of the N35 between Zwolle and Wierden upgrade, starting with the section between Zwolle and Raalte. This should be a motorway (100 km) with 2x2 lanes. In Nijverdal the N35 runs through the center of Nijverdal, where regular traffic jams occurred. Is working on the project Combiplan Highway 35, which includes a tunnel under Nijverdal built. Since early 2010".
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Old June 17th, 2013, 06:09 PM   #9444
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Will the entire N35 from Zwolle to Wierden be upgraded to A35?
Nope, it will remain N35.
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Old June 17th, 2013, 06:14 PM   #9445
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Nope, it will remain N35.
But it will be upgraded to motorway standard, isn't it?
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Old June 17th, 2013, 06:16 PM   #9446
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The Overijssel province wants to upgrade the N35 to a four-lane, grade-separated expressway with a 100 km/h speed limit. However, the national government has very little interest in financing such a project. Only the aforementioned part near Zwolle and Nijverdal - Wierden will be upgraded before 2020.
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Old June 17th, 2013, 06:16 PM   #9447
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There might be no shoulders on the new stretch, or tighter turns that would not have been possible by motorway standards. I'm sure Chris knows a lot more about this
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Old June 18th, 2013, 06:49 PM   #9448
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N35 Zwolle - Almelo

The N35 runs from Zwolle to the German border east of Enschede and is a motorway between Wierden and Enschede. The rest is chiefly a two-lane road, except in Zwolle, where it features 2x2 and 2x3 lanes.

The most recent A35 segment opened in 2007, bypassing Wierden and Almelo.

N35 in Zwolle was partially widened to 2x3 lanes in 2007-2013 (very slow project, they did an intersection at the time, they also built 3 bicycle tunnels).

An expensive project is the Nijverdal bypass, which lies partially in a tunnel. This project costs nearly € 250 million and is likely the most expensive N-road project on a per kilometer basis. It will open sometimes 2014. It is constructed with 2x1 lanes, but has space for 2x2 lanes.

The most concrete parts to be improved are Zwolle - Wijthmen (2x2 100 km/h expressway) and Nijverdal - Wierden (2x2 100 km/h). The latter segment was planned as a full expressway, entirely grade-separated, but the cost was rather high and the national government didn't want to increase funding, so we are likely looking at an at-grade 2x2 N35 for the time being.

Other parts of the N35 will not be improved before 2020, and likely not before 2025 either. The national government has little interest in improving "periphal N-roads" such as N35, although N18 and N33 will be upgraded. The N35 connects 4 of the 5 largest cities in Overijssel province. Space has been preserved to build a motorway through Raalte, but that municipality has expanded across the N35, so a motorway would cut the town in two parts.

Zwolle - Nijverdal could easily be widened to a 2x2-road across its current alignment, except for the section near the small town of Marienheem, where a bypass and bridge or tunnel is needed to cross the regional railway Zwolle - Enschede. I personally prefer to combine the railway and a 2x2 N35 between Marienheem and Nijverdal.
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Old June 19th, 2013, 01:03 PM   #9449
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Is there any motorway in the constituent countries of Kingdom of Netherlands? (excluding mainland Netherlands of course).
Perhaps only in Aruba? Is the biggest contry of the Kingdom.
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Old June 19th, 2013, 01:05 PM   #9450
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No, but there are a few dual carriageways on Curaçao and Aruba.
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Old June 19th, 2013, 08:20 PM   #9451
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N366 Veendam - Ter Apel

The N366 provincial road in Groningen province will be improved. A 5 kilometer segment will be widened to 2x2 lanes (it already is grade-separated) and several interchanges will be constructed between Pekela and Ter Apel. The roadway will also be improved to a wider cross-section to improve safety.

Unrelated but nearby is the ongoing widening of the N33 national road to 2x2 lanes.

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Old June 20th, 2013, 07:28 PM   #9452
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A1/A28 Hoevelaken interchange

Minister Schultz and regional governments have signed an agreement about the proposed reconstruction of the Hoevelaken cloverleaf interchange between A1 and A28 motorways, east of the city of Amersfoort.

The proposed changes will include a reconfiguration of the interchange to allow high-speed connectors and widen approximately 30 kilometers of motorway, some segments will be widened from 2x2 to 2x4 lanes. The widening will taper off towards Zwolle and Apeldoorn (progressively from 2x4 to 2x2).

The tender is quite unique, they will select the constructor based on how much of the wishes he can construct within the budget. Approximately € 730 million is available for this large construction project.

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Old June 21st, 2013, 12:19 PM   #9453
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Beware if you drive in the Netherlands, there is a huge traffic fine hype going on at the moment. The ministry of justice expects a record-breaking € 1.1 billion in traffic fines for 2013. This means the average car owner in the Netherlands has to pay € 100 in fines this year.

The amount of traffic fines is critized by motorist associations and police alike. The police feel they have become a "traffic fine factory", "clearly to fill the government budget" and not traffic safety. Especially section controls generate a lot of money.

Some of the fines have become ridiculously expensive. For example, ignoring a passing ban will cost you € 220, while at the same time they implemented continuous passing bans on virtually al two-lane roads. Just yesterday I had to drive 20 kilometers behind some idiot driving 60 where the limit was 80.

Passing on the right has a fine of € 220. While passing on the right could be slightly dangerous, it is caused chiefly by drivers not respecting the lane discipline, for whom the fine is even lower (€ 130).

Not stopping entirely at a STOP sign also has a fine of € 220. Many STOP signs in the Netherlands are unnecessary, often you can proceed at low speed without the need to come to a full stop. I know plenty of STOP signs where a general "give way" sign would suffice.
What's more shocking than this is the story that emerged a few days ago about cars with for example a bicycle hold (don't know the English word, something like this). Due to a mistake in the software of those section controls, sometimes they are recognized as cars with a trailer. The result of this is that they get fined based on a speed limit of 90km/h (where motorway limit is often 100km/h or 120km/h in these areas), even though cars with a bicycle hold do not have to adhere to special speed restrictions.

It emerged the government knows about this for 10 years already, but did not fix the issue yet. It says people can get their money back if they appeal (it should be kept in mind that first appeal is automatically denied in virtually all cases, so it requires significant steps to get anywhere). Despite knowing about this error for 10 years, the government has never informed its citizen about this issue, all the while collecting money. It's severe negligence at best and in my opinion bordering on corruption.

It goes to show how much our government values fines, not for traffic safety but for their financing problem.
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Old June 21st, 2013, 03:11 PM   #9454
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a bicycle hold (don't know the English word)
Bike rack or bike carrier
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Old June 22nd, 2013, 01:48 PM   #9455
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N279 's-Hertogenbosch - Veghel

The provincial politics of Noord-Brabant province have approved the zoning plan for the widening of the N279 provincial road to a 2x2, grade-separated expressway. Almost all parties voted in favor of the widening.

The N279 will be widened to 2x2 lanes and interchanges will be constructed to ensure free-flow. The interchange with A2 and A50 will not be reconstructed however, traffic lights remain due to the high cost. The speed limit will be set at 80 km/h, due to fears that it might attract too much truck traffic, but the road is designed for 100 km/h. Trucks are limited at 80 km/h in the Netherlands, thus this argument makes very little sense, but was needed to gain broad support for the project.

Construction is planned for 2014-2016. Project cost is € 186 million.



Video of the to-be-widened stretch (this video runs from B to A on the map above)

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Old June 22nd, 2013, 01:53 PM   #9456
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Trucks are limited at 80 km/h in the Netherlands, thus this argument makes very little sense, but was needed to gain broad support for the project.
Speed limits can be changed later, when the road is open. ;-)
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Old June 22nd, 2013, 04:12 PM   #9457
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This is one of the most needed expansions in the South! Only the interchanges will be troublesome.. We will see the same problem as Intechange Paalgraven... we are hard learners...
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Old June 22nd, 2013, 06:59 PM   #9458
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Speed limits can be changed later, when the road is open. ;-)
Yeah, downwards .

80km/h on a 2x2 road in the countryside .
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Old June 22nd, 2013, 11:20 PM   #9459
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Good to see they are finally doing something with the N279. A lot of people have lost their lives on that road in the past, it's actually quite a shame it had to take this long.
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Old June 22nd, 2013, 11:24 PM   #9460
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it's actually quite a shame it had to take this long.
Well, that's The Netherlands for ya...
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