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Old September 6th, 2013, 09:55 PM   #9701
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Around Utrecht

A12, Harmelen:



Where A2 was, Leidsche Rijn:



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Old September 9th, 2013, 05:12 PM   #9702
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A32, Leeuwarden

A new exit along A32 opened to traffic today. It is Exit 16 Wirdum, just south of Leeuwarden. It is part of the Leeuwarden Bypass project that upgrades N31, A32, N32 and several local roads.

here's a new sign installed;
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Old September 10th, 2013, 03:09 PM   #9703
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A2 Amsterdam - Utrecht

The speed limit on A2 will likely be raised from 100 to 130 km/h in early 2014 on the stretch between Holendrecht interchange (A9) and Vinkeveen (N201). This would create a uniform 130 km/h speed limit on the rural segment of 2x5 A2 between Amsterdam and Utrecht. It depends on a nitrogen mitigation program that will start in 2014.
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Old September 10th, 2013, 05:23 PM   #9704
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It is interesting to compare the height of the sign and the workers. I always underestimate those signs' size when passing through them at high speeds.
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Old September 10th, 2013, 05:31 PM   #9705
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It is interesting to compare the height of the sign and the workers. I always underestimate those signs' size when passing through them at high speeds.
I had the same thing when I went onto the highway A4 nearby just before the short stretch exit Tholen - Klutsdorp was opened. The sign was humongous! I have a picture of me standing right next to the sign. My shoulder comes to the bottom part of the sign
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Old September 11th, 2013, 12:04 PM   #9706
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N18 Varsseveld - Enschede

The final environmental impact assessment and record of decision has been published for the N18 upgrade.

The N18 will see minor upgrades around Varsseveld, and major upgrades between Groenlo and Enschede. The Groenlo - Haaksbergen segment (20.1 km) will get 2x1 lanes with median and grade-separation. The Haaksbergen - Enschede segment (7.8 km) will get 2x2 lanes with grade-separation. The interchange with A35 will be reconstructed. The speed limit will be 100 km/h throughout the upgraded segment. Most of N18 between Groenlo and Enschede will be constructed on a new alignment.

Construction will likely commence in 2015 and be completed by 2017/2018. Construction cost is € 308 million, of which the national government pays € 179 million. The main goal of this upgrade is traffic safety, not traffic flow, which is why the southern 20 kilometers will get you stuck behind trucks with no options to pass them.

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Old September 11th, 2013, 12:18 PM   #9707
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I have some questions today:

- I like a lot that Netherlands hasn't tolls on it's motorways, but how many money spend Holland Government to maintain it's motorways yearly? Holland is a very rich country and it's motorways I think that are in very good condition but it has a cost. It is not planned to install tolls in Holland Motorways?

- A-7 motorway is closed in Afsluitdijk when there is storm? I think that this stretch is dangerous because is a dyke, but I don't know so I ask.
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Old September 11th, 2013, 12:23 PM   #9708
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- I like a lot that Netherlands hasn't tolls on it's motorways, but how many money spend Holland Government to maintain it's motorways yearly? Holland is a very rich country and it's motorways I think that are in very good condition but it has a cost. It is not planned to install tolls in Holland Motorways?
It was once planned to introduce a congestion charge to price poor people off the road and out of job possibilities to reduce congestion. This was fortunately not implemented.

The annual expenditure on roads varies. The 2013 road budget (maintenance, widening, new construction & operations of national roads & motorways) is € 2.7 billion.

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- A-7 motorway is closed in Afsluitdijk when there is storm? I think that this stretch is dangerous because is a dyke, but I don't know so I ask.
I never heard it was closed due to high winds. There is a dike on the sea-side of the dam to prevent overwash from waves and also reduce winds impacting traffic. The dam is a critical connection with no alternate routes.
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Old September 11th, 2013, 01:07 PM   #9709
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fuel taxes

Fuel taxes will increase on 1 January 2014.

Fuel tax on Diesel will go up by 3 cents, on LPG by 7 cents. No raise of gasoline tax is anticipated. According to the ministry of economic affairs, this is the only tax raise planned, but there will also be a consumer price index (CPI) indexation, which means a further increase in fuel taxes.

Starting 2014, the fuel taxes will be;

* gasoline: € 0.75 per liter + 21% VAT + 21% VAT over the market price
* diesel: € 0.47 per liter + 21% VAT + 21% VAT over the market price
* LPG: € 0.23 per liter + 21% VAT + 21% VAT over the market price

The fuel tax raised € 8 billion in 2011 (3 times the expenditure on roads), up from € 6 billion in 2005.
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Old September 11th, 2013, 01:15 PM   #9710
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- A-7 motorway is closed in Afsluitdijk when there is storm? I think that this stretch is dangerous because is a dyke, but I don't know so I ask.
The Afsluitdijk, like Chris said, is never closed due to high winds. As you can see, it's higher on the left:

[IMG]http://www.wageningenur.nl/upload_mm/c/e/0/3cf02630-a2ff-47c1-9aad-b09a387900ca_************_97001828_afsluitdijk_dijk_ijsselmeer_water_waddenzee_NL%20kopie_490x330.jpg[/IMG]

The highest part is the seaside of the dyke and that's where the storms come from. So the road enjoys some protection from the winds.

In Zeeland they sometimes close roads because of high winds, but those closures are typically limited to trucks and trailers. Cars are always allowed to keep driving, although sometimes the maximum speed is lowered. These roads include the dams on the N57 (such as the Eastern Scheldt barrier) and the Zeeland bridge.
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Old September 11th, 2013, 01:35 PM   #9711
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The dam is a critical connection with no alternate routes.
Well, from Amsterdam you have the option to use the Noordoostpolder route (A6) and of course we've got the Markerwaard route from Enkhuizen to Lelystad...

You won't be completely stranded if they had to close it off for any reason...
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Old September 11th, 2013, 06:00 PM   #9712
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These roads include the dams on the N57 (such as the Eastern Scheldt barrier)
Don't forget the Moerdijk bridge
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Old September 11th, 2013, 07:58 PM   #9713
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Well, from Amsterdam you have the option to use the Noordoostpolder route (A6) and of course we've got the Markerwaard route from Enkhuizen to Lelystad...

You won't be completely stranded if they had to close it off for any reason...
You know, one man's "inconvenienced" is another man's "stranded." ;-)
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Old September 12th, 2013, 02:30 PM   #9714
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A9 Badhoevedorp

Construction of the A9 around Badhoevedorp will commence in November 2013. The project will remove A9 from Badhoevedorp along a new, wider alignment with 2x3 lanes. The A4/A9 interchange will be entirely reconstructed.

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Old September 12th, 2013, 02:41 PM   #9715
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What are they doing with the old alignment?
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Old September 12th, 2013, 03:07 PM   #9716
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It will be demolished and turned into a city park and perhaps some new developments. It will be redundant and expensive to fit within the new alignment. The current 2x2 A9 carries 97 000 vehicles per day.

The motorway was constructed at the same time the new neighborhoods around it were developed in the mid-1960s.
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Old September 12th, 2013, 03:11 PM   #9717
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When is this expected to be ready?
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Old September 12th, 2013, 03:15 PM   #9718
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What are they doing with the old alignment?
The graphic says te slopen. So you can expect the motorway to make way for a long grass strip there.
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Old September 12th, 2013, 03:25 PM   #9719
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When is this expected to be ready?
According to the project path graph (upper right) on that render, should be 2018.

The problem with any road alignment in NL is that they need to let embankments settle for a while before paving over
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Old September 12th, 2013, 03:29 PM   #9720
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2018 is the completion of the entire project, including the demolition of the old motorway and landscaping. The motorway will likely be ready in 2017. As Suburbanist remarked, they need to build a new embankment first that needs to settle. During that time only bridgeworks are possible.

The reconstruction of the Badhoevedorp interchange is quite complex because the whole direction of the interchange will be changed, while preserving railway access in the median of A4.
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