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Old September 26th, 2013, 05:45 PM   #9841
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A59 is tricky to drive there. Some on-ramps are short, and the canal bridge doesn't help much either. I'm under the impression since completion of the 's-Hertogenbosch Ring (West) traffic there increased, though I'm not entirely sure.
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Old September 26th, 2013, 05:59 PM   #9842
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A59 is tricky to drive there. Some on-ramps are short, and the canal bridge doesn't help much either. I'm under the impression since completion of the 's-Hertogenbosch Ring (West) traffic there increased, though I'm not entirely sure.
Not a dig at you personally, but imho most people who think things like that are tricky shouldn't drive! Same type of people I think who keep crashing in the Coentunnel because of braking for no reason and forgetting to throttle out of the tunnel. It's silly, doing 60 km/h on a motorway coming out of the new Coentunnel even though the road ahead is free!

Even in an Aygo or a bloody van it's just a matter of flooring it and revving the engine a bit higher .

In general motorway driving, even the sub par ones, is so much easier and more relaxing than annoying city traffic with annoying traffic lights and cyclists&peds everywhere and trams and whatnot... Avoiding speedbumps is trickier than driving on a motorway.
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Old September 26th, 2013, 06:00 PM   #9843
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A4, Leiden - Den Haag

The A4 will be widened to 2x4 lanes between the new interchange with the Rijnland Route (Vlietland interchange) and the N14 interchange in Leidschendam, a suburb of Den Haag.

The widening is 5.9 km northbound and 7.1 km southbound. Construction cost is € 11 million, because space has been preserved in the median and no bridges or overpasses need reconstruction. Effectively only the southbound widening needs paving, because the northbound A4 already has a wide left shoulder.

The minister of transportation, Melanie Schultz, published the "initial decision" today. Procedures will be short, construction could begin as soon as 2015, but may be timed to coincide with the construction of the "Rijnland Route" which will be the southern bypass of Leiden.

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Old September 26th, 2013, 06:04 PM   #9844
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Do you have a list of reserved space on freeways (e.g., routes that could be easily widened without reconstruction of over/underpasses etc.)?
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Old September 26th, 2013, 06:06 PM   #9845
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Old September 26th, 2013, 06:07 PM   #9846
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The A4 will be widened to 2x4 lanes between the new interchange with the Rijnland Route (Vlietland interchange) and the N14 interchange in Leidschendam, a suburb of Den Haag.

The widening is 5.9 km northbound and 7.1 km southbound. Construction cost is € 11 million, because space has been preserved in the median and no bridges or overpasses need reconstruction. Effectively only the southbound widening needs paving, because the northbound A4 already has a wide left shoulder.

The minister of transportation, Melanie Schultz, published the "initial decision" today. Procedures will be short, construction could begin as soon as 2015, but may be timed to coincide with the construction of the "Rijnland Route" which will be the southern bypass of Leiden.

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Old September 26th, 2013, 09:02 PM   #9847
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New Waal River Bridge, Nijmegen

They are finishing up construction on the new Waal River Bridge at Nijmegen, which will open in late November. The arch bridge has a main span of 285 meters, the longest in the Netherlands. It will carry a 2x2 50 km/h municipal road, with a wide median for bus transit.





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Old September 27th, 2013, 12:02 AM   #9848
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Very nice bridge !
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Old September 27th, 2013, 03:39 PM   #9849
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N2, Eindhoven interchanges

The local lanes of the Eindhoven bypass are numbered N2, the express lanes are numbered A2. All intermediate interchanges are located along N2, which has a free-flow design, but not motorway status.

Starting next Monday, a new interchange will be constructed and another one will be reconstructed to improve traffic in western Eindhoven. Construction will take less than a year.

A new diamond interchange will be constructed at the Meerenakkerweg, which serves "De Hurk" industrial area, as well as northern Veldhoven. The existing interchange at the Noord-Brabantlaan will be detached from that road, and connected to the Meerhovendreef, and serve the subdivisions west of the motorway.

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Old September 27th, 2013, 03:45 PM   #9850
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A1/A30 Barneveld interchange

The A1/A30 interchange is a substandard motorway-to-motorway interchange. The A30 begins here and runs south to Ede. The A1 is a high-volume motorway with 105.000 vehicles per day on 2x2 lanes with eastbound shoulder running.

The ramp from A1 east to A30 south will be widened to 2 lanes, improving traffic flow towards A30. This ramp often gets backed up.

The exit used to be fairly local, serving the town of Barneveld and nearby villages. However traffic volumes have increased considerably with the completion of A30 in 2004. Current traffic volumes on the A30 are 55.000 - 62.000 vehicles per day.

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Old September 27th, 2013, 08:15 PM   #9851
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A2 's-Hertogenbosch - Eindhoven

The widening of A2 between 's-Hertogenbosch and Eindhoven will be completed Sunday morning, 29 September. The weekend closure finishes a day ahead of schedule. Starting Sunday morning, there will be 3 lanes each way across the entire route.

This means there are now 6 or more lanes all the way from Amsterdam to Eindhoven.
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Old September 27th, 2013, 08:24 PM   #9852
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Longest 3x3-laner in the Netherlands?
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Old September 27th, 2013, 08:30 PM   #9853
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You mean 2x3

I think it depends whether you count plus lanes and shoulder running. Else the A12 could be a contender (Den Haag - Ede)
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Old September 27th, 2013, 09:11 PM   #9854
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A59 Waalwijk - 's-Hertogenbosch

As reported earlier this week, the bridge across the "Drongelen Canal" will be replaced in 2015-2016. Minister Schultz published the "initial decision" today. The project cost is just under € 24 million.

The canal's purpose is to handle excess water, it has no relevance to shipping. It was dug between 1907 and 1911. The bridge was built sometime late 1950s, probably around 1958, and was not designed to be a motorway. It was just a bypass of Waalwijk when it opened to traffic.

The N59 was twinned to a motorway in the 1970s, but the bridge was not reconstructed. Traffic grew considerably, the bridge was designed for regional traffic of around 10.000 vehicles per day. This grew to 68.000 vehicles in 2011. The bridge was strengthened in 1990 with additional piers.

The speed limit on this bridge is only 70 km/h, while it is 120 km/h west and 100 km/h east of it.

The new bridge will be replaced by constructing a temporary bridge south it. Traffic will then be directed across the temporary span, allowing the old span to be demolished, and replaced by a new, wider span that is likely at least twice as wide. The new span will feature 2x2 lanes, an auxiliary lane westbound and a higher speed limit of 100 km/h. A 120 km/h speed limit was planned, but the design standards required a twice as high budget, which is not available. The speed limit east of the bridge will remain 100 km/h anyway.

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Old September 28th, 2013, 06:16 AM   #9855
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Old September 28th, 2013, 12:01 PM   #9856
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A4, Leiden

The second aqueduct of the "Old Rhine Aqueduct" has been immersed yesterday. It will carry northbound traffic when it opens next year. It has space for 5 lanes and a shoulder, but will initially operate with 3 lanes.

The first aqueduct opened to traffic in 2012 and currently carries 6 lanes, with traffic in both directions, but will also be reverted to 3 lanes by 2014. All new structures along A4 north of Leiden have space for 2x5 lanes.

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Old September 28th, 2013, 01:17 PM   #9857
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fuel distribition

The first unmanned automated gas station along a motorway in the Netherlands opened for business. Unmanned stations have discounts, with fuel prices that are usually around € 0.10 per liter lower than manned stations along motorways. Motorway gas stations are always with a shop and bathrooms, but charge the highest gas prices.

Unmanned gas stations have become very widespread along other roads in recent years. The amount of unmanned gas stations doubled from 1150 in 2008 to 2366 in 2013. Manned gas stations are becoming rarer along non-motorways, and they make a living selling food and non-food instead of selling fuel. Most motorway gas stations only make a profit on food and candy.

It is expected that more discount unmanned fuel stations will open along Dutch motorways.
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Old September 28th, 2013, 01:21 PM   #9858
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There has been one for years on the A7 between Joure and Sneek.
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Old September 28th, 2013, 01:35 PM   #9859
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That's a Tinq. It's not unmanned, it has a little shop. Legally there is a difference between an unmanned automated gas station and a manned gas station, even if you pay at a terminal. There is a similar Tinq along N35 near Raalte.
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Old September 28th, 2013, 01:48 PM   #9860
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Ah ok...
I think they've closed that shop. I've never seen it open. I fill up there a lot using my DKV card.
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