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Old May 28th, 2014, 09:40 PM   #10881
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Rotterdam's infrastructure is more expensive to upgrade. It needs the most new motorway routes while having to deal with numerous rivers.

A16 and A20 are difficult to upgrade on their current routes, that is why A13-A16 is being developed, and A4 + A24 on the west side of Rotterdam. The Benelux Tunnel was expanded back in 2002. The A15 widening will wrap up next year.
I was wondering, do you if anything is known about the road numbering for the A13/A16? Could it also become A24?

Everyone who looks on the map of Rotterdam can see that the A24 and the A13/A16 are the beginning of a new northern ring road of Rotterdam, which could be good for reducing the congestion within the greater urban area.
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Old May 28th, 2014, 09:43 PM   #10882
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An A24 as a northern arc of Rotterdam was actually planned in the 1970s. However, it is explicitely not planned today. There is no space for interchanges with A4 and A13.

Back in the days A24 was even planned to extend all the way to A2 at Nieuwegein.
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Old May 28th, 2014, 11:28 PM   #10883
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Another example of pointless downgrading... replacing an interchange with traffic lights in Enschede.



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Old May 28th, 2014, 11:45 PM   #10884
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Why would they do that? Now all traffic has to halt and pull up again...pollution anyone?
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Old May 28th, 2014, 11:47 PM   #10885
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Why would they do that? Now all traffic has to halt and pull up again...pollution anyone?
The argument was that the overpass harmed the views and experience of visitors arriving at the university (there is a major campus right there).
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Old May 29th, 2014, 12:18 AM   #10886
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lol, it's not even a large bridge and the overpass would mostly look like a grass hill from all sides?
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Old May 29th, 2014, 12:23 AM   #10887
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lol, it's not even a large bridge and the overpass would mostly look like a grass hill from all sides?
Google Maps still has the old imagery there: http://goo.gl/maps/BdL0g
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Old May 29th, 2014, 08:06 PM   #10888
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N33 Assen - Zuidbroek

Another stretch of four-lane expressway opened to traffic on Monday 26/5. From Gieten to Veendam-Zuid. There are now 2x2 lanes for 27 km.

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Old May 29th, 2014, 08:13 PM   #10889
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N33

You can see how fast they are reconstructing N33.

I took this photo on 30 March 2014:

N33 Bareveld-3 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr

This photo was taken on 25 May 2014, less than two months later:
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Old May 30th, 2014, 09:59 AM   #10890
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The province of Groningen presented a plan to twin the N33 from Zuidbroek (A7) to Appingedam. They want to fund this project in the amount of € 78 million. This would turn this part of N33 into a 2x2, 100 km/h, controlled-access expressway.

The national government is not interested in this project, because the traffic volumes of 9,000 - 10,000 vehicles per day do not warrant a twinning of N33.
We have got some money to spend overhere, that shows if you twin this part for ten's of millions of Euro's. Twinning this part is trying to get better connections to the ports of Delfzijl and Eemshaven hoping it will give it a boost as well.
Not sure if this is money well spend though.
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Old May 30th, 2014, 01:09 PM   #10891
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A15, Botlek Bridge, Rotterdam

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There's also a new elevated highway under construction that connects the Hartel Bridge with the Botlek Bridge.

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Old May 30th, 2014, 05:24 PM   #10892
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A10, Coen Tunnel, Amsterdam

The Coen Tunnel will close for 4 days in both directions for the final works. It will be closed from 16/7 and reopen op 21/7. After that, full capacity through the tunnel will be available. That means the works to construct a second twin-tube tunnel are completed, and also means the reversible lanes will go into operation. Peak hour capacity will then be increased from 2 to 5 lanes in the peak direction (inbound in the morning and outbound in the afternoon).

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Old May 30th, 2014, 05:43 PM   #10893
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Why would they do that? Now all traffic has to halt and pull up again...pollution anyone?
They just don't wont people use their cars between Hengelo and Enchede. There is good connection by train, by bus (BRT), even by bike (only 8km between city centers, more comfortable with new F35 fietssnelweg).

Less cars, less pollution. Even if you have less pollution with overpass on this crossing, you have bigger traffic on the other intersection without overpass and more pollution there...




I thought everyone in Netherlands heard about Sustainable transport...
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Old May 31st, 2014, 01:03 AM   #10894
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Do you really think one more traffic light is disencouraging car usage? To me it would just be like another annoying stop. I don't think anyone will quit using their car because there's one more stoplight.

Pollution and fuel consumption issues, however, look more serious to me.
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Old May 31st, 2014, 02:58 AM   #10895
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Do you really think one more traffic light is disencouraging car usage? To me it would just be like another annoying stop. I don't think anyone will quit using their car because there's one more stoplight.

Pollution and fuel consumption issues, however, look more serious to me.
Political correctness, left wing always thinks not adding any asphalt or enforcing any anti mobility rules will discourage people to drive. Statistics show otherwise, therefore they are doing nothing but ''bullying'' the drivers. Anti social anti car idiots... Blinded by their political correctness. NIMBY should never prevail over economic reasons.

But what can you do eh ? Public transport is way to slow an inefficient, not to mention, STILL more expensive than private transport.
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Old May 31st, 2014, 06:30 PM   #10896
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A2 Amsterdam - Utrecht

A video of A2 from Amsterdam to Utrecht.

This motorway would be so much more pleasant to drive if it had a 120 or 130 km/h speed limit. Right now everybody is sticking to 95-100 km/h. Even when this video is sped up 4 x, it still seems like very slow passing...

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Old May 31st, 2014, 07:28 PM   #10897
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Increased fines for tachograph tampering

Fines for driving trucks in violation of hours and rest regulations, usually by falsifying registers on the tachograph, will be sharply increased.

Drivers will now pay € 1500 (instead of € 550). Truck fleet companies will pay € 4400 (instead of € 1300).

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De boetes voor vrachtwagenchauffeurs en hun werkgever die sjoemelen met de registratie van rust- en rijtijden gaan zaterdag fors omhoog. Voor chauffeurs die knoeien met de digitale tachograaf gaat de boete omhoog van 550 naar 1500 euro. Voor de werkgevers gaat de boete van 1300 of 2200 euro naar 4400 euro.

Het is belangrijk voor de verkeersveiligheid en hun eigen gezondheid dat chauffeurs zich aan de rijtijden houden, zegt de Inspectie Leefomgeving en Transport. Daarnaast leidt fraude met de tachograaf tot oneerlijke concurrentie met bedrijven die zich wel aan de wet houden.
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Old May 31st, 2014, 07:49 PM   #10898
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The € 1500 fine is for tampering with the tachograph, not for exceeding the driver's working hours.

This all boils down to enforcement. You can state heavy fines, but if there is virtually no chance of being checked, it's still profitable to tamper with the tachograph.
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Old May 31st, 2014, 07:54 PM   #10899
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I think the EU should develop an EU-wide "black box" mandate and protocol for trucks and buses. A device that is really difficult to tamper, which also registers data traffic for like 90 days. That way, even spotty checks can theoretically catch violators, even if they are in other country.

Some countries' traffic law enforcement fine drivers exceeding hours abroad, others don't.
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Old May 31st, 2014, 07:59 PM   #10900
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Some countries' traffic law enforcement fine drivers exceeding hours abroad, others don't.
Enforcement of driving hours is an easy cash cow. The fines are high, but I don't think sending out heavy fines for driving 20 minutes over the limit really makes a difference for traffic safety. It's different of course, if there's continuous or blatant driving over the limits.

On the other hand, small delivery vans are not subject to the Driver's working hours and can drive all day long if they want to. Research shows that driver's fatigue strongly increases after 10 - 11 hours of driving in one day, no matter if you drive a semi truck or a van or car.
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