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Old September 2nd, 2013, 05:44 PM   #9661
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A10, Amsterdam

The second weekend closure of A10-east was succesful, there are now 4 lanes from the Amstel interchange (A2) to the Watergraafsmeer interchange (A1). The 4 kilometer widening took about 16 months. No carriageway switches were necessary during this project. The entire roadway was repaved during two weekend closures.

The next phase is to widen A10 in the other direction. This project will be completed mid 2014.

The 4th lane used to end here, it is now continuous.
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The 2x4 capacity is not a luxury, because they will widen the parallel A9 motorway as well, and put it mostly underground, which possibly requires a long-term closure due to the complexity of this project. Most or all traffic of A9 (75 000 vehicles per day) would have to be redirected across A10, which means a total volume of close to 200 000 vehicles per day on 2x4 lanes, so A10 will be severely congested during the reconstruction of A9.
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Old September 2nd, 2013, 05:53 PM   #9662
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A15, Rotterdam

An overpass across the A15 motorway was replaced in just 9 weeks. The old overpass of the "Groenedijkviaduct" spanned 10 lanes, but the new viaduct will span 14 lanes of traffic. This is one of the fastest overpass replacements in recent construction history.

The overpass is located just east of the Benelux half stack interchange with A4.

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Old September 2nd, 2013, 05:57 PM   #9663
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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.
Having seen the statistics on car usage from the late 20s someone posted in Roadside Rest a few days ago, the sort of people who would have been driving in Holland in 1933 might have been wealthy anyway. Just guessing.
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Old September 3rd, 2013, 12:38 AM   #9664
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A biketrip to the Ameland island in the north of the Netherlands.

Road N356 in Holwerd leading to the ferry terminal.


Through the Waddenzee coast to the platform.


The ferry facility.


The last road signs.


The cars leaving the ferry to Ameland.


Weird usage of expanding foam on the bollards on a road on the Ameland island. Does anyone knows what does this mean and what purpose does it serve?


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Leaving Ameland. Road to the ferry terminal.


Cars waiting in the lines for the ferry.


A bonus. Rijkswaterstaat facility on Ameland.


A bonus. Funny name of a village in Friesland.
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Old September 3rd, 2013, 04:44 AM   #9665
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Ferries over the Wadden Zee are incredibly expensive for cars. They make you wish you were crossing the Channel Tunnel instead!
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Old September 3rd, 2013, 07:21 AM   #9666
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Why would you want to bring your car over?
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Old September 3rd, 2013, 11:32 AM   #9667
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air quality

The annual report of environmental and health agency RIVM shows air quality in the Netherlands continues to improve. The downward trends of NO2 and PM10 concentrations continues. The limit of 40 g/m were not exceeded this year at any location. However, it seems uncertain that the new limits for NO2 in 2015 will be met at all locations, especially in Rotterdam and Amsterdam.

The average concentration of NO2 nationwide was only 17 g/m in 2012, but there are notable regional differences. The average concentration of NOx was 21 g/m in 2012.

Traffic is a more significant contributor to NO2/NOx than PM10. The highest PM10 concentrations are found near major industries and intensive agriculture. PM10 concentrations are fairly uniform across the country, with a few very local exceptions.
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Old September 3rd, 2013, 01:01 PM   #9668
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Ferries over the Wadden Zee are incredibly expensive for cars. They make you wish you were crossing the Channel Tunnel instead!
On the small islands you also have to ask for and pay for the car permit on the island, not only the ferry.

The Texel ferry is not so pricy for a car and in fact its the Island where a car makes most sense for tourist use.

I need to visit two more islands to have them all .
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Old September 3rd, 2013, 02:44 PM   #9669
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Ferries over the Wadden Zee are incredibly expensive for cars. They make you wish you were crossing the Channel Tunnel instead!
Those islands are an arm-width big, what the heck are you gonna do with a car there?
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Old September 3rd, 2013, 03:40 PM   #9670
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The municipality of Oss has failed miserably, they went to court to lower the speed limit around Oss from 130 to 100/120. In their appeal they stated that the limit was 120 at daytime and 130 at night, the truth being 130 all around. At the same time they appealed against the wrong stretch. It's quite disturbing that even when municipalties appeal they can't get there act together.
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Old September 3rd, 2013, 04:03 PM   #9671
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Those islands are an arm-width big, what the heck are you gonna do with a car there?
Terschelling is not that small...

In any case, my day-dream solution is a 1+1 causeway Den Helder - Lauwersoog stretching over all islands That would make Netherlands have something like the US has the Florida Keys - a chain of small islands connected by long viaducts over shallow sea water.

My second day-dream solution involves building sea barriers to close the gaps between the islands, making the Wadden Zee a lake like the IJsselmeer like they did in Zeeland
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Terschelling is not that small...

In any case, my day-dream solution is a 1+1 causeway Den Helder - Lauwersoog stretching over all islands That would make Netherlands have something like the US has the Florida Keys - a chain of small islands connected by long viaducts over shallow sea water.
It would kill the islands completely.

And you prolly mean Texel... the only island where car makes sense for a tourist.
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There should be a toll tunnel to Texel. The other islands are fine without a fixed link.
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Old September 3rd, 2013, 04:14 PM   #9674
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A15, Rotterdam

The Groenedijk overpass across the A15 which was replaced in 9 weeks. It was achieved using pre-fabricated concrete.
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Old September 3rd, 2013, 04:14 PM   #9675
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There should be a toll tunnel to Texel. The other islands are fine without a fixed link.
Do you think so? I mean, all the people from West of the Netherlands have already beach. So it makes little sense for one day tourist trips.

It could have nevertheless some other economic potential for the Island. The question is, would other than touristic development be possible on the island? Would it not be rather contradictory?

The last thing, that I would think about would support the tunnel... is there a secondary school on Texel? and the need of trips of the islanders to the mainland in general.
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The population in the age group 20 - 40 is declining quite fast on Texel, likely due to its isolated location. There were 3700 people in that age group in 1998 and 2800 in 2007.

Although the Dutch coastline is long with wide beaches, it is relatively inaccessible, especially the middle part, along the coast of Holland. The coast of Zeeland is better accessible. Beaches near Zandvoort, Katwijk & Den Haag are quite overcrowded.

Texel is a popular weekend and holiday destination, and queues at the ferries are quite significant on Fridays and Sundays.
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Stop knocking ferries. I still miss the Vlissingen-Breskens link in Zeeland. I love ferries.
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Old September 3rd, 2013, 08:00 PM   #9678
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That ferry still exists
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Yes but only for cyclists and foot passengers...
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