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Old November 1st, 2014, 05:47 PM   #11661
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N35, Nijverdal

The N35 through the town of Nijverdal (pop. 25,000) is nearly completed. It consists of a new 2x1 road with a 600 m dual-use tunnel (road & rail), a depressed segment and a new alignment of approximately 5 kilometers. It is the largest investment in the area ever, with a cost of € 307 million. Construction took 5 years. It will likely open on 11 December.

I took some photos this morning.

There are 2 eastbound lanes from the tunnel, due to the road climbing 40 meters over a short distance. The old road had 2 uphill lanes as well, one of the very few climbing lanes on N-roads in the Netherlands.

N35 Salland-Twentetunnel 01-11-2014-4 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr


N35 Salland-Twentetunnel 01-11-2014-5 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr


N35 Salland-Twentetunnel 01-11-2014-11 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr


N35 Salland-Twentetunnel 01-11-2014-14 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr

The new road has a reservation for four lanes.

N35 Salland-Twentetunnel 01-11-2014-15 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr


N35 Salland-Twentetunnel 01-11-2014-18 by Chriszwolle, on Flickr
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Old November 1st, 2014, 07:13 PM   #11662
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What's that "Li" on the hectometerpalen?
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Old November 1st, 2014, 07:19 PM   #11663
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"Links" (left in English). On the other side it's "Re" (rechts, right)
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Old November 1st, 2014, 07:21 PM   #11664
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Li and Re (Links and Rechts, Left and Right) indicate the side of the road, when viewed from km 0,0. They only indicate this when there is a divided highway (mainly on motorways and expressways).

So when driving from km 0,0 towards km 10,0, you're on the right side of the road (Re). When driving from km 10,0 towards km 0,0, you're on the left side of the road (Li).
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Old November 1st, 2014, 07:25 PM   #11665
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I'd guessed "links" but I couldn't imagine how it applied. So "links" on a (basically) west-to-east road where kilometer numbering starts at the west end is the eastbound roadway? We'd just have something like

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Old November 1st, 2014, 07:34 PM   #11666
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It just means it is an indication that you are on the side of the road for which the km count is going downwards.
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Old November 1st, 2014, 07:38 PM   #11667
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Old November 1st, 2014, 08:02 PM   #11668
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you're on the right side of the road (Re).
You are not a wrong-way driver...
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Old November 2nd, 2014, 12:54 AM   #11669
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What is the story behind the toll on Kiltunnel? Is it a permanent toll, or does it have a removal date, like the former toll on the Zeelandbrug?
The Kiltunnelroad and tunnel were constructed and are being maintained by a special entity, a "wegschap" ("roadship"), founded in 1972. It has to repay the loans for the building of the tunnel (with interests), and for the costs of maintenance.

The roadship contains of the provincie of South-Holland (50%), and 5 municipalities, of which the city of Dordrecht owns 42%.

The tunnel opened in 1977 and nowadays carries only about 10.000 vehicles per day, so I think it won't become free of toll in the near future.
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Old November 2nd, 2014, 01:13 AM   #11670
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Was that project in Nijverdal really necessary? If it's a relatively small town, couldn't the road just go around it?
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Old November 2nd, 2014, 04:00 AM   #11671
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Well there's a rail line as well. And seeing how it comes in and leaves Nijverdal in a straight line I can only assume Intercity trains will have high speeds through here. So diverting isn't really the simplest option, and when you're going to build a tunnel, why not for build one for motor traffic as well?
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Old November 2nd, 2014, 05:04 AM   #11672
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It seems so extremely weird to pay so much money for such an elaborate road when it is 1 lane...
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Old November 2nd, 2014, 10:27 AM   #11673
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Was that project in Nijverdal really necessary? If it's a relatively small town, couldn't the road just go around it?
There is a national park on the west side of Nijverdal (Sallandse Heuvelrug), and another nature reserve on the east side (Wierdenseveld). So they don't have a lot of options, a route farther north would be too far out of the way.

It would've been better if the road was extended through the 'ravine' west of Nijverdal as a four-lane highway. The ravine is a cut where the railroad runs through. They could have build combined ecoducts that use the natural elevation difference.
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Old November 2nd, 2014, 11:56 AM   #11674
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Well there's a rail line as well. And seeing how it comes in and leaves Nijverdal in a straight line I can only assume Intercity trains will have high speeds through here. So diverting isn't really the simplest option, and when you're going to build a tunnel, why not for build one for motor traffic as well?
It's just a single track non electrified line carrying some local dieseltrains between Zwolle and Almelo.
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Old November 2nd, 2014, 01:09 PM   #11675
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Well there's a rail line as well. And seeing how it comes in and leaves Nijverdal in a straight line I can only assume Intercity trains will have high speeds through here. So diverting isn't really the simplest option, and when you're going to build a tunnel, why not for build one for motor traffic as well?
Actually that rail line, as of today, is just a local link (single track and not electrified).
In a very long term evolution it may become part of an IC fast route from Zwolle to Hengelo (then Germany), but I don't see this happening soon...
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Oh yeah on the renders I saw two tracks at the station so my post was just made up of assumptions

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It seems so extremely weird to pay so much money for such an elaborate road when it is 1 lane...
Well remember it could become 2x2. So it's nice when you have the infrastructure already in place.
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The station is actually two-tracked, so trains can pass each other there.

Today it is very common, for all infrastructures regarding single-track railways, to build new elements with space for two tracks; even if the complete doubling is very unlikely to happen.

I see this tunnel was built with standards that, in the future, would allow some serious main line traffic, it is possible that this evolution was kept in mind while designing, but still it's not going to happen in this life...
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Old November 2nd, 2014, 10:44 PM   #11679
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The station is actually two-tracked, so trains can pass each other there.

Today it is very common, for all infrastructures regarding single-track railways, to build new elements with space for two tracks; even if the complete doubling is very unlikely to happen.

I see this tunnel was built with standards that, in the future, would allow some serious main line traffic, it is possible that this evolution was kept in mind while designing, but still it's not going to happen in this life...
It is actually prepared for electrification. I believe that I read that when the line will be up for tender (it's not part of the Hoofdrailnet) it will be mandatory to have a sneltrein Zwolle-Enschede besides the local train.
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The N242 interchange at Heerhugowaard - 2013 and 2014.
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