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Old June 19th, 2014, 01:50 PM   #10941
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Old June 19th, 2014, 02:00 PM   #10942
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A1/A50 Beekbergen interchange

The design of the Beekbergen motorway interchange near Apeldoorn.

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Old June 19th, 2014, 02:03 PM   #10943
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These are bisarre numbers. 200 000 vehicles/day! How come it's so much traffic? My city of 300 000 inhabitants has 40 000 aadt on 3-4 stretches.
My guess is alot of through-traffic considering the Netherlands positioning in Europe, and a high population density, but what are the other factors?

Even though the snelwegs are busy, it's really a pleasure to drive on Hollands modern highways.
Because distances in our country are so short, a lot of people prefer to live a bit more spacious in 'rural' areas in Holland within driving distance of the city where they work. In many so-called 'providing cities' there is a lot of inbound traffic in the morning and outbound in the night, causing a lot of traffic problems in general. The 9-5 mentality isn't helping either. Groningen is a good example of such a city I think.
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Old June 19th, 2014, 02:06 PM   #10944
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Before the extensive widening of motorways started around 2009, it didn't really matter if you had a 9-5 job or not. Traffic congestion was epic, starting at 6 a.m. and continued to well past 10 a.m. and started at 3 p.m. and lasted until after 7 a.m. Whether you had or hadn't a 9-5 mentality didn't really matter, it was almost impossible to plan around the traffic congestion unless you had a night shift or some other strange work hours.
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Old June 19th, 2014, 06:10 PM   #10945
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Sick... Crazy numbers, must've been a hell to drive pre-09. Is this a national investment or regional? Sweden could've used something like this in some areas, and maybe not only on highways. But the budget isn't as big as necessary and much of the money is concentrated on Stockholm.
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Old June 19th, 2014, 06:22 PM   #10946
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Most of it was nationally funded, but the regions 'chipped in' some money at most projects.
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Old June 20th, 2014, 03:43 PM   #10947
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The merger of Noord-Holland, Flevoland & Utrecht provinces into one big "super province" has failed. They decided not to proceed with it. The proposal was not very popular, but it would've been better for mobility in Utrecht province, as this province is a supporter of road improvement, but only the ones that the national government funds. Utrecht has very few provincial road projects, but has an overburdened road system (N201 may be the worst).
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Old June 20th, 2014, 05:33 PM   #10948
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Well it sounds like it's their own fault then?
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Old June 20th, 2014, 06:34 PM   #10949
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Before the extensive widening of motorways started around 2009, it didn't really matter if you had a 9-5 job or not. Traffic congestion was epic, starting at 6 a.m. and continued to well past 10 a.m. and started at 3 p.m. and lasted until after 7 a.m. Whether you had or hadn't a 9-5 mentality didn't really matter, it was almost impossible to plan around the traffic congestion unless you had a night shift or some other strange work hours.
At least Netherlands have started in 2009. To feel the reality of NL motorways pre-09, one should just drive in Flanders (Belgium).In this region, there are projects, but not yet started, which will take years to complete...while traffic is worse day by day...
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Old June 20th, 2014, 10:31 PM   #10950
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N356 De Centrale As

Construction officially commenced on the middle segment of the N356 upgrade called the "Centrale As", which will connect the town of Dokkum with the main road network.

The middle part is around Burgum, and includes an aquaduct under the Princes Margriet Canal.

A map of the entire N356 project (100 km/h, 2x2, controlled-access).
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Old June 21st, 2014, 04:50 PM   #10951
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Before the extensive widening of motorways started around 2009, it didn't really matter if you had a 9-5 job or not. Traffic congestion was epic, starting at 6 a.m. and continued to well past 10 a.m. and started at 3 p.m. and lasted until after 7 a.m. Whether you had or hadn't a 9-5 mentality didn't really matter, it was almost impossible to plan around the traffic congestion unless you had a night shift or some other strange work hours.
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At least Netherlands have started in 2009. To feel the reality of NL motorways pre-09
If you're lucky enough to live in an area with infrastructural improvements.
If anything Rotterdam is worse than pre 2009 now...
Only noticable improvement is the A12 for me, the rest is getting worse and worse . Not just on motorways, but also much worse on local roads.

There are days when an otherwise 10 minute journey, takes over 40 minutes .

Until the A15 widening is complete, the A4 MD is complete, the A13/A16 link is complete, the Algeracorridor is somehow unburdened, and the Blankenbergtunnel comes, Rotterdam will be utter **** to drive in and near around rush hours.

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Old June 22nd, 2014, 08:38 PM   #10952
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At least Netherlands have started in 2009. To feel the reality of NL motorways pre-09, one should just drive in Flanders (Belgium).In this region, there are projects, but not yet started, which will take years to complete...while traffic is worse day by day...
But in Belgie gasoline costs like half as much as NL, we have to take the good and the bad
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Old June 23rd, 2014, 05:06 PM   #10953
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Project 'Drachtsterweg' in Leeuwarden. The bridge will be replaced by an aquaduct.





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Old June 23rd, 2014, 05:52 PM   #10954
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A10 Amsterdam

They completed works on the S113 interchange of A10 in Amsterdam. Who says only Poland has noise barriers?
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Old June 23rd, 2014, 05:59 PM   #10955
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Is that Zeeburg?
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Old June 23rd, 2014, 07:13 PM   #10956
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It's a few kilometers before Zeeburg. At the Diemen / Amsterdam municipal border.
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Old June 24th, 2014, 05:27 PM   #10957
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A15, Botlek Bridge, Rotterdam

The Botlek Bridge reached the highest point of 65 meters yesterday. The winches for lifting the bridge deck were installed.


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Old June 25th, 2014, 05:02 PM   #10958
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Any reason for them to have chosen a lift bridge instead of a drawbridge?
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Old June 25th, 2014, 05:16 PM   #10959
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The Botlek Bridge has two 87 meter long spans, which is near the world record for a bascule bridge. The amount of counter weight for such a bascule bridge would be huge. That means it is cheaper to build a vertical-lift bridge for longer spans than a bascule bridge.

Another key consideration is the railroad. A bascule bridge is impractical with a rail road.
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Old June 26th, 2014, 12:38 AM   #10960
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