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Old January 4th, 2015, 07:36 PM   #11961
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This should freak snowdog out....

The Heulweg underpass at A15 in Rotterdam has been replaced by - you read this right - a canoe crossing.

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Old January 4th, 2015, 08:04 PM   #11962
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It's a shame there are so few places like this, I'd love to live next to there.

Exit motorway > I'm home.
And leave home > Ahh motorway.

No annoying slow (sub)urban areas to traverse through slowly, just jump in and 100+ km/h .
What you need is to find a disused service area. Your own exit from, and entrance to, the motorway. Of course, if just a few other people did that, that would sort of defeat the whole idea of "limited access"....

(Seriously, ramps dumping traffic right into residential neighborhoods? Residents, keep an eye on your kids....)
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Old January 5th, 2015, 12:22 AM   #11963
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Limited access is not what I'm aiming for, quick access, without being bogged down by slow suburban roads is what would be awesome:
http://goo.gl/maps/Jzfbd
Also lovely easy access to a motorway. Shame there is no exit for it .
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Too young for kids, maybe in a year or 10 I'd want to retire to a quiet child friendly neighborhood, atm I just see them as annoying money guzzling noisy poop factories and have no intention of making any .

I've used that exit in Waalwijk once to turn around, because I didn't read the signs correctly and entered the A59 in the wrong direction from the N261 once . Personally found it pretty awesome, an exit immediately into a residential area, no traffic lights, etc .
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Old January 5th, 2015, 01:09 AM   #11964
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Limited access is not what I'm aiming for, quick access, without being bogged down by slow suburban roads is what would be awesome:
http://goo.gl/maps/Jzfbd
Also lovely easy access to a motorway. Shame there is no exit for it .

Too young for kids, maybe in a year or 10 I'd want to retire to a quiet child friendly neighborhood, atm I just see them as annoying money guzzling noisy poop factories and have no intention of making any .

I've used that exit in Waalwijk once to turn around, because I didn't read the signs correctly and entered the A59 in the wrong direction from the N261 once . Personally found it pretty awesome, an exit immediately into a residential area, no traffic lights, etc .
You don't get the point he is making do you
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Old January 5th, 2015, 04:37 PM   #11965
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Road signage. What is the meaning of the double "stop line" in this example? Where is one supposed to stop?

(you can see my window in that picture )

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Old January 5th, 2015, 04:47 PM   #11966
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An interesting video (Dutch) about the construction of the 2nd span of the Brienenoord bridge (A16) in Rotterdam. There is some cool footage as well.
Very nice to see this again. It is a shortened version of a bigger documentary which was about 1 hour long. I followed the transport of the bridge at Zwijndrecht, de Spijkenisserbrug, the Botlekbrug and in the heart of the city when the Koningshavenbrug (de Hef) was passed. A few days later I also was on-site to see the bridge being positioned alongside the first bridge. Those were unique moments which I will never forget.
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Old January 5th, 2015, 05:00 PM   #11967
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This should freak snowdog out....

The Heulweg underpass at A15 in Rotterdam has been replaced by - you read this right - a canoe crossing.

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With the new connection opened which connects the Zuiderparkweg in Rotterdam with the new suburban areas Portland and Carnisselande just a couple of hundred meters further down the road this tunnel was not necessary anymore for the passage of cars. The bike-route and pedestrian roads are still there.

This connection is more than only a canoe crossing. And it was always planned as such a type of connection. This tunnel is part of the so-called "Blue Connection" (de blauwe verbinding) which has three purposes:

1. The transport of clean and fresh water from the river "Oude Maas" to the Zuiderpark recreational area;
2. Recreative route for very small boats (also canoes) between the Zuiderpark recreational area (North of the A15 Motorway), the Zuidelijk Randpark and the polders "Het Buytenland" and the "Zuidpolder"
3. Ecological connection between green areas in the city area and (future) nature areas on the island "IJsselmonde".

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• Aanvoer van schoon water vanuit de Oude Maas naar het Zuiderpark;
• Recreatieve vaarroute tussen het Zuiderpark, het Zuidelijk Randpark, het Buytenland en de Zuidpolder;
• Ecologische verbinding tussen groengebieden in het stedelijke gebied en (toekomstige) natuurgebieden op IJsselmonde.)
See this pdf: http://www.rotterdam.nl/GW/Images/Bl...rt2010_Web.pdf
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Old January 5th, 2015, 05:07 PM   #11968
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What about this water staircase ?
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Old January 5th, 2015, 05:31 PM   #11969
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This should freak snowdog out....

The Heulweg underpass at A15 in Rotterdam has been replaced by - you read this right - a canoe crossing.
He'll be all right if he can use a speedboat.
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Old January 5th, 2015, 05:58 PM   #11970
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What about this water staircase ?
That is a part of new tunnel which I described earlier. The water staircase is a piece of art. It is not part of the described "Blue Connection". This connection functions very well as it connects directly to the P&R Metrostation Slinge and 1,4 km further to the Ahoy Sport- and Exhibition Complex, Shopping Centre Zuidplein and Metrostation Zuidplein. But is was also long overdue but could not be finished earlier since the connection was part of the works to widen the A15 motorway.

See: http://www.rijkswaterstaat.nl/wegen/...erparkweg.aspx
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Old January 5th, 2015, 08:42 PM   #11971
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Road signage. What is the meaning of the double "stop line" in this example? Where is one supposed to stop?
The middle one
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Old January 5th, 2015, 09:10 PM   #11972
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Ecocrossing along N260 at the bridge across the Wilhelmina Canal in Tilburg.

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Old January 5th, 2015, 09:20 PM   #11973
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Road signage. What is the meaning of the double "stop line".
There is no double stop line. There is only one stop line and it's next to the one that's on the bike lane. The other line is part of the zig-zag-thingy.
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Old January 5th, 2015, 09:43 PM   #11974
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The unusual A15 (N15 until later this year) - N57 interchange at Brielle, Port of Rotterdam. The Harmsen Bridge is on the left, spanning the Hartel Canal. It was built in 1968.




The Caland Bridge across the Caland Canal in the Port of Rotterdam. It was built in 1969, it needs renovation in a couple of years, and there is a desire to expand rail capacity across the bridge. Alternatives are studied, but there doesn't seem to be enough money for a new bridge. Renovation seems most likely.




The Thomassen Tunnel opened in 2004 to relieve the Caland Bridge. The tunnel is for highway traffic, the bridge is now mainly for hazmats, some local traffic and a major rail connection. The westbound tube was recently restriped to three lanes.




The A15-A24 interchange will be constructed at this location. They kept space for such an interchange and new tunnel route for A24.

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Dense infrastructure along A15 in Rotterdam:
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All those wind breakers on the Caland bridge make for a very interesting, almost surreal, visual impression (Google SV) as you approach them.
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Old January 7th, 2015, 01:40 PM   #11977
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A4 Gaag Aquaduct

The aquaduct at Delft. Typical 1990s waste of money. The canal is not navigable due to the low bridges (such as the one in the photo)

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A27 Utrecht

The A27 at Utrecht was built in a depressed alignment. It was a controversial project, they had to send in riot police to remove protestors who set up camp there. It was critized as 'hugely oversized' and 'unnecessary'. It opened in 1986.

Traffic volumes reached 118,000 vehicles per day within 3 years of opening and 194,000 vehicles by 2006. It is currently planned to widen this segment to 14 lanes (again, a controversial project as Utrecht is the epicenter of the 'Greenleft' party).

A27 at opening in October 1986.
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A4 Schiphol

The eight-lane A4 at Schiphol Airport in 1986, with a Yugoslav Airlines plane crossing the motorway.

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The average distance between exits (not: motorway-to-motorway interchanges) by province.


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