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Old September 14th, 2014, 04:49 PM   #11241
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The entire provincial road network in the Netherlands has been surveyed during the EuroRAP assessment. They found out all the reconstruction of the past 15 years (duurzaam veilig / sustainable safety) has led to a low rating of provincial roads.

88% of provincial roads are too narrow despite nearly all of them having been reconstructed in the past 15 years. 80% lack sufficient obstacle clearance (trees and other non-breakaway objects), 79% lack sufficient space between oncoming traffic flows.

Only 6% of the Dutch road network consist of 80 km/h provincial roads, but 30% of all traffic fatalities occur on this network.

The EuroRAP assessment rates roads on a scale of 1 to 5 stars (5 being the safest).

* 1 star: 433 km
* 2 stars: 4188 km
* 3 stars: 2311 km
* 4 stars: 279 km
* 5 stars: 64 km

A 5-star rating for all provincial roads is unrealistic, but they should get at least 3 stars to be considered reasonably safe. Currently 63% of the provincial roads have 1-2 stars.

Critics say the 'sustainable safety' programme was excessively focused on speed, and less on other important factors, such as distance between oncoming traffic, roadside safety and margin of error.

What a surprise, NOT .

Complete roads have been ruined by ''duuzaam veilig'', narrowed and littered with chicanes, speedbumps, and other crap.
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Old September 14th, 2014, 05:51 PM   #11242
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What is the most recet status of the Blakenberg tunnel project?
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Old September 14th, 2014, 05:59 PM   #11243
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A draft EIS is currently being prepared and is expected to be released sometime 2015. Construction is planned to begin in 2017.
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Old September 14th, 2014, 06:00 PM   #11244
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What is the most recet status of the Blakenberg tunnel project?
Blakenberg? Or Blankenburg...

In that case there is no status. Parliament aproval, but the subject remains controversial.
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Old September 14th, 2014, 06:01 PM   #11245
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A draft EIS is currently being prepared and is expected to be released sometime 2015. Construction is planned to begin in 2017.
The way I heard it they are still sitting on Parliament approval.
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Old September 14th, 2014, 06:05 PM   #11246
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A few pictures from the A4 Midden-Delfland thread (Delft-Schiedam/Vlaardingen) taken over the last few weeks.
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Old September 14th, 2014, 06:22 PM   #11247
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This is the last segment of A12 between The Hague and Arnhem to be widened to six lanes.
Is it planned to widen the A12 b/n Arnhem-North (A50-North) and Oud-Dijk (A18) too? It's just 20km... What's the AADT?
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Old September 14th, 2014, 06:24 PM   #11248
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Arnhem - Duiven already features 2x3 lanes. The Duiven - Oud-Dijk interchange (A18) segment will be widened to 2x3 lanes as part of the A15 extension project. The current AADT on that segment is 84,000 vehicles per day.

However, A12 is flawed. A large proportion of third-lane capacity is shoulder running, and nearly all motorway-to-motorway interchanges feature only 2 through lanes in each direction.
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Old September 14th, 2014, 06:35 PM   #11249
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Arnhem - Duiven already features 2x3 lanes.
Between A50 and A348? Google Maps seems to be outdated...

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The Duiven - Oud-Dijk interchange (A18) segment will be widened to 2x3 lanes as part of the A15 extension project.
Will it be built simultaneously or successively. Is there any annouced groundbreaking/completion date?
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Old September 14th, 2014, 07:17 PM   #11250
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Between A50 and A348? Google Maps seems to be outdated...
Yes, google maps is indeed outdated. Here's a video (by Chris )
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Old September 14th, 2014, 07:29 PM   #11251
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Will it be built simultaneously or successively. Is there any annouced groundbreaking/completion date?
Likely simultaneously. The draft EIS is still expected to be released this year, followed by a final EIS in 2015. Construction could begin in 2016 and should be completed by 2019.

The most important process in the designing of a project is the draft EIS. Although it doesn't have final status (and can't be appealed to), it contains the most detailed design. The final EIS usually only has minor tweaks compared to the draft EIS. The draft EIS is basically to garner public input and a test for the final EIS.
People can only appeal to the final EIS (tracébesluit) if they brought input to the draft EIS. This reduces the number of last-minute appeals by people who were apparently not interested by the actual design process.
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Old September 15th, 2014, 04:52 PM   #11252
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A50 Tacitus Bridge

The next phase in the renovation of the old Waal River Bridge (1976) at Ewijk starts today; the replacement of the cables (it is a steel cable-stayed bridge). This will require more time than initially thought, this kind of work is not routinely performed in Europe, and the replacement of the cables went to court, because the contractor didn't think it could be safely done. So hopefully the bridge won't collapse

The renovation is critized because of the high cost. Although the bridge is not very old (1976), renovating it is only somewhat less expensive than building a whole new span. But that discussion is a 'passed station' as they say, because there have already been done extensive strengthening inside the bridge deck. They installed many steel trusses to strengthen the deck.

The renovation was originally planned to be completed in late 2014, but due to the court case, late 2015 seems more likely. However, the temporary 6-0 configuration on the new bridge already relieved much of the congestion, so it's not a major bottleneck during construction.
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Old September 16th, 2014, 02:12 AM   #11253
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Not sure this worked well...

an art project involving elements related to A2 construction in Maastricht
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Old September 16th, 2014, 11:59 AM   #11254
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Large accident on A58

Earlier this morning, several accidents occured during the morning rush-hour on the A58 in Zeeland province. In both directions, a total of 150 cars collided in dense fog. At this moment 2 persons are said to have died in the accident and dozens injured.
The accident is categorised GRIP4, which is quite rare.

According to police officials, the road in the direction of Bergen op Zoom will remain closed for the rest of the day.
The Veiligheidsregio Zeeland (organisation for Zeeland-wide safety coordination) advises tourists to cancel trips to Zeeland.

article (in Dutch only): http://nos.nl/artikel/698788-150-aut...st-op-a58.html

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Old September 16th, 2014, 04:40 PM   #11255
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2015 Infrastructure Fund

The 2015 government budget was unveiled today.

Earlier budget cuts in the infrastructure fund clearly take form in 2015. The infrastructure fund amounts to € 6.2 billion in 2015, the smallest budget since 2005.

The main road network receives € 2.3 billion in 2015, a sharp decline from € 2.8 billion in 2014 and € 3 billion in 2011.

It is also the first time in a number of years more money is spent on railways than main highways.
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Old September 16th, 2014, 04:54 PM   #11256
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6.2, that's still more than we spend on defense.
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Old September 16th, 2014, 05:27 PM   #11257
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Earlier this morning, several accidents occured during the morning rush-hour on the A58 in Zeeland province. In both directions, a total of 150 cars collided in dense fog. At this moment 2 persons are said to have died in the accident and dozens injured.
The accident is categorised GRIP4, which is quite rare.

According to police officials, the road in the direction of Bergen op Zoom will remain closed for the rest of the day.
The Veiligheidsregio Zeeland (organisation for Zeeland-wide safety coordination) advises tourists to cancel trips to Zeeland.

article (in Dutch only): http://nos.nl/artikel/698788-150-aut...st-op-a58.html
Aerial footage. The crash site was spread out over multiple kilometers and also in both directions
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Old September 16th, 2014, 06:01 PM   #11258
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They get really dense sea fog in the Fall there. When the sea water is warm but the air cools down right before sun rise, that's when it's the most dangerous. It just comes rolling in from the sea without warning. One minute you're fine and the next you can't see beyond 25 meters.

I remember when I would be cycling to high school in the Fall with my friends. We'd have to cycle through the open fields and the fog would come rolling in. It captures you in seconds. On two or three occasions it was so dense we'd have to get off our bikes and continue walking. This was an isolated bike path that we knew very well, but we simply couldn't see a damn thing. Maybe 5 meters.
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Old September 16th, 2014, 08:31 PM   #11259
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It is also the first time in a number of years more money is spent on railways than main highways.
Because most of the people and goods are transported by rail, NOT ?

Why are politicians so reckless with valuable money? Public transport is not economically feasible. If the left wing parties are right, and more roads lead to extra traffic, then new roads will automatically mean more income from road taxes, fuel duty and VAT.

They should learn the difference between investments that pay itself back ( education and infrastructure), and exponential costs ( eg. healthcare).

The expenditure shows the disrespect for politicians for motorists, they only see us as a cash cow to fund other things, and otherwise an ''inconvenience'', nothing more .
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Old September 16th, 2014, 08:42 PM   #11260
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The rail budget has remained fairly steady over the last 5 years. Though the railroads get a disproportionate high share of funding (or highways get a disproportionate low share of funding, depending on how you look at it).
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