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Old September 16th, 2015, 12:31 PM   #12761
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N381 Appelscha

A video about the upgrade of provincial road N381 in Friesland, the two-lane segment around Appelscha, from Oosterwolde to the Drenthe border. This segment will be upgraded to a grade-separated super two undivided expressway.

The project includes underpasses for covered wagons, which are used as a tourist attraction in the area.

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Old September 16th, 2015, 01:46 PM   #12762
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busiest motorways in the Netherlands

The busiest motorways in the Netherlands, as of 2014.
  1. A4 Prins Clausplein - Ypenburg (Den Haag): 244.100
  2. A15/16 Ridderkerk-Noord - Ridderkerk-Zuid (Rotterdam): 238.000
  3. A16 Van Brienenoord Bridge (Rotterdam): 228.300
  4. A4 De Hoek - Hoofddorp (Amsterdam): 220.500
  5. A10 De Nieuwe Meer - Oud Zuid (Amsterdam): 219.400
  6. A2 Utrecht-Centrum - Oudenrijn: 215.300
  7. A12 Nieuwegein - Utrecht-Kanaleneiland: 210.800
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Old September 16th, 2015, 04:53 PM   #12763
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Old September 17th, 2015, 10:35 PM   #12764
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busiest border crossings in the Netherlands

The busiest border crossings in the Netherlands (as far as they are part of the national road network).
  1. A16 Hazeldonk 66.000
  2. A76 Stein 51.900
  3. A67 Eersel 35.200
  4. A12 Beek 33.400
  5. A67 Venlo 32.400
  6. A76 Bocholtz 30.200
  7. A4 Ossendrecht 29.500
  8. A74 Venlo 23.900
  9. A1 De Lutte 21.600
  10. A2 Eijsden 18.700
  11. A37 Zwartemeer 16.300
  12. A77 Gennep 12.500
  13. N35 Enschede 12.200
  14. A7 Bad Nieuweschans 9.900

Traffic at the A37/E233 Zwartemeer border crossing has grown nearly 50% since 2011. It is now clearly the busiest crossing in northern Netherlands, it used to be tied to A7/E22 Bad Nieuweschans.
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Old September 18th, 2015, 07:46 PM   #12765
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speed limits

The A12 speed limit goes up to 130 km/h, day and night, starting next Sunday 20 September. It applies to a 22 kilometer stretch of motorway between Reeuwijk and De Meern (west of Utrecht).

The other direction will go up next month, when they finished transforming the left peak hour lane into a permanent 4th lane.

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Old September 19th, 2015, 12:53 AM   #12766
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I did not even know they were going to make that 4th lane a permanent one. It was about time though.
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Old September 19th, 2015, 03:55 PM   #12767
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N50 Ens - Emmeloord

N50 between Emmeloord and Ens in Flevoland province has been widened to 2 lanes southbound.


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N50 Ens - Emmeloord-15 by European Roads, on Flickr
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Old September 22nd, 2015, 03:53 PM   #12768
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The A10 motorway - Amsterdam Ring Road, south of the Coen Tunnel.

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Old September 23rd, 2015, 12:27 PM   #12769
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A9 Amsterdam

Construction officially started yesterday on the A9 expansion through southeastern Amsterdam. The motorway will be widened from 4 to 10 lanes and includes a 3 kilometer long tunnel with 5 tubes.

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Old September 23rd, 2015, 05:22 PM   #12770
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A10 Amsterdam

The A10 was widened between 2010 and 2014 to accommodate traffic from the new A5 motorway feeding into the expanded Coen Tunnel.

Before widening, this stretch of A10 had the highest traffic volume of any 2x2 motorway in the Netherlands with an annual average of 110,000 vehicles per day.

A before & after comparison:
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Old September 24th, 2015, 05:09 PM   #12771
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A24 Blankenburg Link

The minister of transportation has signed the draft plan approval order (ontwerp-tracébesluit) for the construction of the A24 motorway west of Rotterdam today.

The new six-lane motorway will be 4.2 kilometers long and link A15 and A20 west of Rotterdam. There will be two tunnels, the 950 meter long Blankenburg Tunnel and the 510 meter long Aalkeet Tunnel.

The construction cost is estimated at € 1.1 billion, of which € 316 million will be paid for with tolls. There will be an electronic toll collection system with license plate recognition. The tolls are set at € 1.18 for cars and € 7.11 for trucks (price level 2013).

The tunnel will be completed sometime between 2022 and 2024.

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Old September 25th, 2015, 11:30 AM   #12772
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I suppose that'll mark the end of the Maassluis ferry (for cars anyway).
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Old September 25th, 2015, 02:51 PM   #12773
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A16 extension

The draft plan approval order (ontwerp-tracébesluit) has been published for the A16 extension around Rotterdam today.

There are not a lot of surprises, most of it was already known. The A16 extension contains a 2.1 kilometer tunnel. The motorway features 2x2 lanes on the north-south segment (including the tunnel, but with space for a future upgrade to 2x3 lanes), and 2x3 lanes on the east-west segment north of Rotterdam. The speed limit will be 100 km/h.

The A13 into Rotterdam will not be downgraded given the future traffic volume of 116,000 vehicles per day (currently 160,000 vpd).The extension seems to be clearly indicated as A16, not A13. Up until now it was mostly referred to as the A13/A16 link.

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Old September 25th, 2015, 07:17 PM   #12774
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A10 Coen Tunnel, Amsterdam

Congestion at the Coen Tunnel in the 1980s, before the A10 Ring Road was completed.

File being the Dutch word for congestion or queue (it has French origin).

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Old September 25th, 2015, 07:26 PM   #12775
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A16 Van Brienenoord Bridge, Rotterdam

The Van Brienenoord Bridge in Rotterdam opens to shipping. It is seen here in 1988 when the second bridge was under construction, to expand capacity from 6 to 12 lanes.

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Old September 25th, 2015, 10:38 PM   #12776
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The draft plan approval order (ontwerp-tracébesluit)
Is it comparable to the German "Gesehen-Vermerk" (Seen notation)? The draft planning (Vorentwurf) must be approved by the Federal Ministry of Transport (plus consulting Federal Court of Auditors and so forth). Afterwards, the plan approval procedure (Planfeststellungsverfahren) can be started.
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Tracéwet

The Tracéwet (route law) uses the following steps;

* Startbeslissing. Initial decision to start procedures and studies
* Verkenning: Scoping alternatives, possible environmental impacts, cost
* Voorkeursbeslissing: pick the preferred alternative
* ontwerp-tracébesluit: draft EIS / EIA
* tracébesluit: final EIS / EIA

EIS / EIA = Environmental Impact Statement / Assessment

The detailed design (exact alignment, lane & interchange configuration, safety features, environmental impact, etc) is set in the draft EIS. The final EIS is merely an update of it, it usually doesn't include major changes compared to the draft EIS.

The public can comment / participate at each step, but can only appeal at the last step. The public can also only appeal if they commented to at least the draft EIS. Appealing to a final EIS without it, means that their case won't even be considered at court.

Environmental action groups can appeal, but this almost always means it is a lost case unless their interests are specifically impacted. Ideology arguments alone are not sufficient. In recent years no environmental groups have appealed against a final EIS.
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Thanks. That means, I was wrong. "Gesehen-Vermerk" would be at the end of "Verkenning" and "ontwerp-tracébesluit" is comparable to the beginning of the German plan approval procedure (plans are published, comments of relevant people are possible et cetera).
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The draft plan approval order (ontwerp-tracébesluit) has been published for the A16 extension around Rotterdam today. There are not a lot of surprises, most of it was already known. The A16 extension contains a 2.1 kilometer tunnel. The motorway features 2x2 lanes on the north-south segment (including the tunnel, but with space for a future upgrade to 2x3 lanes), and 2x3 lanes on the east-west segment north of Rotterdam. The speed limit will be 100 km/h. The A13 into Rotterdam will not be downgraded given the future traffic volume of 116,000 vehicles per day (currently 160,000 vpd).The extension seems to be clearly indicated as A16, not A13. Up until now it was mostly referred to as the A13/A16 link.
Why is it not made as a 2x3 from the start?
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Given the forecasted traffic volumes within 15 years, it seems like a no-brainer to construct it with six lanes from the beginning. It's probably a strange political compromise, just like the A4 extension.
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