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Old August 28th, 2013, 11:58 AM   #9641
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That widening is loooong overdue. It's effectively a 1x1 motorway with all those trucks!
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Old August 31st, 2013, 04:53 PM   #9642
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N7, Groningen

The design environmental impact assessment of the reconstruction of the N7 expressway in the northern city of Groningen has been published.

This € 670 million project will widen the N7 and put it partially underground. In addition, the Julianaplein traffic light intersection will become a free-flow interchange. It is the most expensive project on a "per kilometer" basis in the Netherlands at € 150 million/km. It is a very space-constraint project.

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Old August 31st, 2013, 05:03 PM   #9643
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Why is it still numbered as an N-road? It can't be the speed limit, because there are other A-roads with 80kmh zones and the new configuration seem to remove all intersections.
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Old August 31st, 2013, 05:10 PM   #9644
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My route through Groningen last month:

Map: http://goo.gl/maps/Yzy0Q

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Old August 31st, 2013, 05:19 PM   #9645
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Politics probably. Groningen is governed by left-wing parties and building an expressway instead of a motorway probably reduces some of the political banter about "paving over the Netherlands". It appears that the expressway status will actually be extended westward to the Hoogkerk interchange. Currently motorway status begins just west of Julianaplein. The 100-80 km/h change will be just east of the Hoogkerk interchange.

The speed limit over the entire project will be 80 km/h. The lanes will be relatively narrow at 3.10 meters, which mean expressway status is more appropriate.

Procedures for this project have started in 1992, but not much has been done until the mid-2000s. The noise mitigation report has 1066 pages.
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Old September 1st, 2013, 03:29 PM   #9646
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Old September 1st, 2013, 03:39 PM   #9647
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- What is the most used pass between Holland and Germany? And between Holland and Belgium?

- Do you know what is the most used motorway in Holland? I don't know, but my bet is A2, A12 and A20.
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Old September 1st, 2013, 03:53 PM   #9648
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I assume you mean border crossing by "pass". The busiest border crossing is Hazeldonk (A16-E19) with 65 000 vehicles per day. This is also the busiest border crossing in all of Europe.

The busiest motorway is A4 at Den Haag (The Hague) between the Ypenburg (A13) and Prins Clausplein (A12) interchanges. This segment carries 238 100 vehicles per day on 16 lanes.
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Old September 1st, 2013, 04:36 PM   #9649
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Between Germany I suppose it's safe to say A12, A3 Arnhem-Oberhausen?
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Old September 1st, 2013, 05:41 PM   #9650
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Between Germany I suppose it's safe to say A12, A3 Arnhem-Oberhausen?
I think it is now, yeah. A67-BAB40 used to be busier, but I think the new A74-BAB61 might have taken some traffic away from it.

2011 data: A67-BAB40: 34.000 vpd, A12-BAB3: 31.000
But as said, A74 opened in 2012...
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Old September 1st, 2013, 05:51 PM   #9651
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I assume you mean border crossing by "pass". The busiest border crossing is Hazeldonk (A16-E19) with 65 000 vehicles per day. This is also the busiest border crossing in all of Europe.
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Maybe I'm wrong, but don't the Swiss/German A2/A6 (Basel) and Swiss/Italian A2/A9 (Chiasso) crossings have more daily traffic than A16?
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Old September 1st, 2013, 05:55 PM   #9652
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Chiasso is probably the second-busiest border crossing in Europe with 54 200 vehicles per day. However the border crossing at Basel is not extremely busy because there are two nearby alternate border crossings. The A5 border crossing from Germany into Switzerland carries 29 800 vehicles per day. The A3-A35 border crossing from Basel into France is busier with 47 200 vehicles per day.

Despite European integration, border crossings with more than 45 000 vehicles per day are quite rare. This is especially visible at language borders, for example Dutch A2 - Belgian E25 carries only 22 800 vehicles per day, despite the vicinity of two large cities (Maastricht & Liège).
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Old September 1st, 2013, 09:25 PM   #9653
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A4 Delft - Schiedam

Recent aerial photos of A4 under construction between Delft and Schiedam.

Kethelplein interchange (A4/A20)


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Kethelplein, looking north to commieblock central Schiedam


Construction in northern Schiedam.


Construction south of Delft.
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Old September 2nd, 2013, 02:36 AM   #9654
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Long overdue A4, and uncecessarily expensive, but better than that un-used piece of grass & sand...
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Old September 2nd, 2013, 12:35 PM   #9655
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N7 / A28 knooppunt Julianaplein

The design of the new Julianaplein interchange. It is currently a traffic light intersection.

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Old September 2nd, 2013, 12:56 PM   #9656
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The busiest motorway is A4 at Den Haag (The Hague) between the Ypenburg (A13) and Prins Clausplein (A12) interchanges. This segment carries 238 100 vehicles per day on 16 lanes.
Wow, I never thought that this segment carries that traffic. I thought that Amsterdam Ring (A10) for example is more busiest. (I say Amsterdam because is the biggest city in Holland).

- I have one more question. I know that in Holland all motorways are toll free, but I know too that there are some stretches tolled. What are this stretches?
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Old September 2nd, 2013, 01:41 PM   #9657
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Tolled sections are typically stretches of motorways that were expensive to build, such as tunnels and bridges. These tolls are usually temporary to compensate for the construction costs.

Roads that are currently tolled:
A9 - Wijker tunnel (shadow toll, motorway).
A15 - Noord tunnel (shadow toll, motorway).
N62 - Westerschelde tunnel (expressway).
N217 - Kil tunnel (expressway).

Roads that are under consideration for future toll:
A13-A16 connection that will be construction around Rotterdam.
A15 extension that will be constructed between Ressen and Zevenaar.
A24 Blankenburg tunnel that will be constructed in the Rotterdam seaport.
A38 Tunnel that will be constructed underneath the Meuse river near Krimpen.

Roads that used to be tolled:
A4 Benelux tunnel (until 1980).
A29 Haringvliet bridge (until 1975).
N256 Zeeland bridge (expressway, until 1993).
N323 Prins Willem-Alexander bridge (expressway, until 1996).
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Old September 2nd, 2013, 04:16 PM   #9658
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I thought that at some point the Afsluitdijk was tolled as well.
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Old September 2nd, 2013, 04:34 PM   #9659
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I had to google that, but it seems you're right. The Afsluitdijk had a toll charge from its opening but I couldn't find any source that mentioned when it was abolished.
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Tolls on the Afsluitdijk were levied only one year in 1932-1933. It was abolished 25 September 1933. The tolls brought in 100 000 NLG at the time. The tolls were a staggering 1 NLG, a huge sum of money at the time, it would be the equivalent of circa € 25 today.
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