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Old March 2nd, 2015, 06:07 PM   #12181
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N35 Nijverdal - Wierden

The minister of transportation has selected the preferred alternative for the N35 upgrade between Nijverdal and Wierden.

The preferred alternative is a new alignment of 2x2 N35 along the existing railroad, called the 'northern variant' (as opposed to upgrading the existing road, called the 'southern variant'). It includes two grade-separated interchanges at Nijverdal and Wierden-West. Included in the process was a financing deal: € 121.5 million of which the national government pays € 50 million, the rest will be financed by Overijssel province and municipalities involved.



Construction is planned to begin in 2019. Recent polls for the upcoming provincial elections showed no province had more support for better roads than Overijssel. It has one of the worst connections between economic regions within the province. (Zwolle - Almelo, Zwolle - Deventer, Almelo - Hardenberg, Zwolle - Hardenberg all being slow 80 km/h connections and/or lacking capacity).
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Old March 2nd, 2015, 06:32 PM   #12182
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A1 Hilversum - Amersfoort

Construction began today on the widening of eastbound A1 from Bunschoten to the Hoevelaken motorway interchange (A1/A28). The motorway will be widened eastbound only from 2 to 3 lanes.

The widening is temporary, to match the upcoming widening of A1 from Hilversum to Bunschoten (2x4). Otherwise there would be a significant bottleneck at Bunschoten where eastbound traffic would funnel down from 4 to 2 lanes.

Eventually this segment of A1 will be widened in both directions, to 4 lanes each way. That project won't start until 2019 or so, and is part of the Hoevelaken motorway interchange reconstruction. The bridge across the railroad will be replaced with a wider bridge that is sufficient for a future layout of 4 lanes and a shoulder (so that they don't have to widen it twice).

The widening will be completed late 2015.

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Old March 3rd, 2015, 05:33 PM   #12183
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What about Hilversum to Bussum ?

iirc that was 2x2 lanes and a major bottleneck ?
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Old March 3rd, 2015, 05:44 PM   #12184
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There are shoulder lanes on that section of A1. A widening along that stretch would be very expensive.
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Old March 3rd, 2015, 06:29 PM   #12185
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A4 Steenbergen

The Steenbergen aan Zee Aquaduct, which opened in November last year.


http://defotograaf.eu/blog/aquaduct-a4-steenbergen/
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Old March 3rd, 2015, 06:50 PM   #12186
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Old March 3rd, 2015, 08:27 PM   #12187
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A6, Almere

An annotated photo of the A6 in Almere. The 'Hogering' exit will be reconstructed into a free-flow semi-turbine interchange, including a reversible lane. It is the first major Almere exit coming from Amsterdam and handles a lot of traffic. It is part of the SAA megaproject.

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Old March 4th, 2015, 05:51 PM   #12188
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There are shoulder lanes on that section of A1. A widening along that stretch would be very expensive.
It would be. But are there plans to widen the road there or will the narrow situation remain there?
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Old March 4th, 2015, 09:42 PM   #12189
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This would be one of the places where a land-tunnel would be justified, instead of a glorified tunnel like in Utrecht.
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Old March 4th, 2015, 11:35 PM   #12190
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That was 1981. This triggers a big question: when did NL begin to design infrastructures having a big plan in mind?
Late reply to this question but I felt one element was missing from the subsequent discussion: demographics. I mean, the Netherlands HAD to start thinking big at some point because its population was growing so much faster than in the neighbouring countries. Due to much higher birthrates NL saw its population triple in the 20th century (5-16 million). Belgium started the century with 7 million inhabitants and finished it with about 10 million... Between 1950 and 2000 the Netherlands added 6 million people (+60%). Belgium about 1,5 million (+18%) and Germany about 14 million (+20%). Nowadays the differences between BE and NL are less pronounced. Both slowly keep growing. Germany, however, is already past its demographic peak. If you consider that most of the population growth in the Netherlands will take place in the central and western parts of the country, which is project to grow from about 8 to 10 million (+25%) in the next few decades, you understand generous additional space reservations on motorways like the A4 (near Leiden)
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Old March 5th, 2015, 05:34 PM   #12191
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N61 Hoek - Schoondijke

The N61 upgrade project in Zeeland province has been mostly completed by now.

Note how they both built a wide bike path and a local access road. Often these are combined, but there are some arguments to build a detached bike path as well, due to the large (dangerous) agricultural machines that use the access roads.

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Old March 5th, 2015, 06:03 PM   #12192
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N233, Rhenen

Construction will start this year on a reversible lane across the Rhine River Bridge at Rhenen. It is located on the border of Utrecht and Gelderland provinces, and carries regional traffic. It is the only fixed link across the Rhine between A27 and A50, which are over 50 kilometers apart. Both sides of the river are relatively densely settled with numerous towns and small cities.

The bridge will be widened to accommodate the third lane. The bridge was built in 1957 and carries 32,000 vehicles per day on two lanes. The project is planned for completion in 2018.

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Old March 5th, 2015, 06:12 PM   #12193
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Why is the bike path not red?
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Red bike paths are nearly always in urban areas, and if the path is joined with other trafic.
When seperated it doesn't need a special colour.

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Construction will start this year on a reversible lane across the Rhine River Bridge at Rhenen. It is located on the border of Utrecht and Gelderland provinces, and carries regional traffic. It is the only fixed link across the Rhine between A27 and A50, which are over 50 kilometers apart. Both sides of the river are relatively densely settled with numerous towns and small cities.

The bridge will be widened to accommodate the third lane. The bridge was built in 1957 and carries 32,000 vehicles per day on two lanes. The project is planned for completion in 2018.
Will us dutch be able to handle this, it's way to often that we hear people ignoring crossed of sections. Remember the reversing lane at the Coentunnel? And this is without barriers.
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A12 Ede - Arnhem

Construction officially started today on the widening of A12 between Ede and the Grijsoord motorway interchange (A12/A50) near Arnhem. The motorway will be widened from four to six lanes. It is a fairly straightforward widening with a new lane in each direction on the outer side. The Oosterbeek interchange will get a new bridge across A12. The Grijsoord motorway interchange will get another lane from A50 north to A12 west, but remains otherwise unchanged (2 through lanes in each direction).

This is the second-last part of A12 to be widened to six lanes. The project will be completed by late 2016. Regional media claim there will be a 120 km/h workzone speed limit most of the time.

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Red bike paths are nearly always in urban areas, and if the path is joined with other trafic.
When seperated it doesn't need a special colour.



Will us dutch be able to handle this, it's way to often that we hear people ignoring crossed of sections. Remember the reversing lane at the Coentunnel? And this is without barriers.
The bigger question is whether the tidal flow system actually makes sense. I think the theory is that people travel North during morning rush hour and South during evening rush hour, but I'm not sure it's that clearcut in practice. It's common to get stuck in traffic long before the actual bridge entering from the A15 (South) side in the afternoon. I hope and expect the redesigned intersection (which is an elegant solution using the very limited space effectively) in Rhenen will have a bigger effect.
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The traffic volume of 32,000 vehicles per day on the bridge is extremely high for two lanes. I'm also not too sure whether it has such a clear tidal flow of traffic, but apparently they couldn't widen the bridge to four lanes.

Although the bridge was built in 1957, it was actually a railroad bridge dating back to 1883. It was destroyed in 1940 and 1944 and reopened in 1957 as a road bridge.
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Construction began this week on the new Máxima Bridge in Alphen aan den Rijn. It will cross an old branch of the Rhine River. The bridge was in the making for four decades.



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Old March 6th, 2015, 11:40 PM   #12199
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Is there any progress building the rondweg alphen that would use the 2x2 capacity of the bridge, or is that still planned in the 2020s
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Ice roads in the Netherlands? Yes, in 1963 the IJsselmeer (Lake IJssel) froze over, allowing a quick route across the lake. They even installed signs.



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