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Old March 23rd, 2015, 08:37 PM   #12261
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The Dutch have a big split. A lot of people speak really good (mostly British) English, for example Frans Timmermans sounds like a native speaker. But somehow most politicians (with exceptions) always tend to speak horrid Dunglish. The speakers in the CNN-item are the latter.

Although accent-wise the Dutch may not be perfect, they are nearly all multi-langual, being almost always able to at least reply in English, in a basic form of French and basic-German
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Old March 23rd, 2015, 09:05 PM   #12262
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Another bridge across the Scheldt-Rhine Canal at Bath. It is unknown why they built a bridge wide enough for 4 lanes, there is almost no traffic. The road across it leads to nowhere. The traffic volume may possibly not exceed 300 vehicles per day. The road across it becomes the lowest standard paved agricultural road, less than 4 meters wide with no road markings.

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Quite easy to realized that. It's quite progressive corridor, especially for traffic in between the Antwerpen <-> Zeeland. The is always a lot of traffic in the summer and Knooppunt Markiezaat is a bottleneck

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Old March 24th, 2015, 05:14 PM   #12263
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A7/A8 Purmerend - Amsterdam

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The final environmental impact statement has been published for the construction of new shoulder lanes along A7 and A8 between Purmerend and Amsterdam.

The northbound shoulder lane will be extended south onto A8, to allow easier access and better evening rush hour traffic flow.

A new southbound shoulder lane will be constructed from Purmerend-Zuid to Oostzaan, merging into the Coenplein motorway interchange. It will be continuous through the Zaandam motorway interchange.

Reportedly no appeals were made against the final EIS. This means the project can go into construction phase without taking the Council of State route in court. The project is already awarded.
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Old March 24th, 2015, 05:20 PM   #12264
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N261 Tilburg - Waalwijk

New aerial photos of the N261 upgrade project.

1. The A59-N261 interchange, looking east along A59.


2. Same location, looking west along A59.


3. The Waalwijk interchange.


4. The Kaatsheuvel interchange.


5. The Efteling interchange.


6. Looking north along N261, towards A59.


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Old March 25th, 2015, 12:01 PM   #12265
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Stating the obvious... A red cross means lane closed. Rijkswaterstaat started a new campaign to battle drivers who drive on closed lanes. Apperently, Highways Agency in the UK also launced such a campaign.

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Old March 25th, 2015, 12:10 PM   #12266
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Good luck with that sign

I think a big part of the problem are those lanes closed for... well, the usual political reasons we discussed many times. People see an empty and functional lane and they vote with their feet driving on it no matter what.

Insisting with this "fake closed lane" policy will create dangerous situations, because drivers will never trust the red cross sign, even if it's on for actual dangers or roadworks.
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Old March 25th, 2015, 12:43 PM   #12267
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I concur. It's pointless.
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Old March 25th, 2015, 01:29 PM   #12268
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I saw those signs on the A12 (Zoetermeer-Gouda) at the weekend.
The colour used is the old fashioned 1970's dark blue instead of the newer lighter blue.
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Old March 25th, 2015, 01:32 PM   #12269
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This sign looks old fashioned at all
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Old March 25th, 2015, 01:53 PM   #12270
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A6, Almere

A video presenting the A6 expansion in Almere, which will start in 2017. The video comes with English subtitles.

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Old March 25th, 2015, 03:15 PM   #12271
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A video presenting the A6 expansion in Almere, which will start in 2017. The video comes with English subtitles. <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJdrf5lCHEI">YouTube Link</a>
When will they finally extend A6 Almere to Lelystad to 2x3?
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Old March 25th, 2015, 03:25 PM   #12272
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That is planned as well, but only after the SAA project is completed in 2022. It's a relatively easy widening that could likely be done in one year.
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Old March 25th, 2015, 06:01 PM   #12273
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What I wonder is why don't the make a pictogram of the Red cross on a black background instead of saying "red X".... (just like the matrix signs).

Then the sign would make (just a little) more sense.
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Old March 25th, 2015, 06:09 PM   #12274
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I have a feeling that motorists who ignore a big red X above the lane also tend to ignore such nanny signs.

More importantly, some Rijkswaterstaat motorway inspectors now also have the legal power to stop such motorists and issue fines.
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I think they'll still ignore it, because I assume most of them don't ignore them willfully. They drive while they're distracted -since the fine for ignoring is 230€ and that's not that cheap.

They will place those signs along the A1, A12, A20, A27, A28 and the A67. (Currently they only placed them along the A12, according to this source: http://www.rtvnh.nl/nieuws/161685/ni...ijstrook-dicht)
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I think the meaning of that sign should even be clear for Germans driving to NL for buying dope. DICHT
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Old March 30th, 2015, 05:27 PM   #12277
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A lot of tall falsework is erected to build the new 255 meter long arch bridge of the Flevo Line railway that will span the A1 motorway adjacent to the Muiderberg motorway interchange. It may be the biggest rail bridge across a motorway. The bridge is being constructed near the motorway, and will then be positioned across the motorway during a short-term closure.

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Is there a figure of the bridge (alone) cost?
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A windstorm is affecting the Netherlands today. Quite a number of trucks were blown over.

N50 near Kampen:

http://www.rtvoost.nl/nieuws/default...d=214498&cat=1
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A1, Apeldoorn

The minister of infrastructure has signed the final EIS for the reconstuction of the Beekbergen interchange and minor widening of A1. It will be released on 15 April.

The plan consists of one new auxiliary lane in each direction along A1 between Apeldoorn-Zuid and Beekbergen Interchange (A1/A50), and a direct connector from east to south at the Beekbergen interchange to accommodate the heavy flow of trucks.

The current traffic volume on A1 between Apeldoorn-Zuid and Beekbergen is 77,000 vehicles per day.

This was the plan from the draft EIS:
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