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Old September 26th, 2015, 08:16 PM   #12781
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A2 Zaltbommel

The A2 & railroad bridge at Zaltbommel, date unknown, likely in the 1980s. The motorway bridge has been replaced by a large cable-stayed bridge with six lanes since 1996.



Some more background. The original bridge opened to traffic in 1933 and was a four-lane bridge with no median divider. As A2 progressively opened in the 1960s, it became a substandard bottleneck. It wasn't until 1996 that a replacement bridge was constructed, the six-lane Martinus Nijhoff Bridge.

The Martinus Nijhoff Bridge itself is somewhat substandard, as it doesn't have shoulders. Some say this was a typical 1990s cost-saving measure, others say that it may have been projected as just one of two spans with 10 lanes in total.

The need for a second bridge is growing, as traffic volumes are presently at 134,000 vehicles per day with a relatively high truck share. Traffic has grown since the A2 corridor was widened to six / eight lanes in 2010. This particular segment between A59 and A15 was widened on the cheap, as they did not replace the bridges (the Empel Bridge near 's-Hertogenbosch is also a growing bottleneck).
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Old September 26th, 2015, 10:35 PM   #12782
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N61 Zeeland

National road N61 was upgraded between 2012 and 2015, from a deadly two-lane highway to a divided highway with passing lanes and roundabouts. I filmed it in June on the way back from Spain.

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Old September 28th, 2015, 03:28 PM   #12783
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foam roundabout

A new roundabout was constructed in Leeuwarden. It was inaugurated as a work of art, with some kind of water fountain in it.

This is how it should look like:


Of course, this is what happened on the first day; somebody put soap or detergent in it.
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Old September 28th, 2015, 05:21 PM   #12784
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N356 De Centrale As

A 4 kilometer segment of four lane expressway opened to traffic today in Friesland province. It is part of provincial road N356 between Dokkum and Broeksterwâld.

Some photos of an open day this weekend:

Bouwfotografe.nl-100 by De Centrale As (DCA), on Flickr


Bouwfotografe.nl-097 by De Centrale As (DCA), on Flickr


Bouwfotografe.nl-070 by De Centrale As (DCA), on Flickr
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Old September 28th, 2015, 06:32 PM   #12785
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Overpad

A rarity along Dutch motorways was a so-called 'overpad' (crossing). These were at-grade crossings to isolated farms or farmland. They were generally used by very few traffic.

The last one disappeared in 2008. It was located on the former alignment of A7 west of Sneek. This section was demolished when the new bypass of Sneek was built.

Here is one crossing A2 in 1988, near the Everdingen motorway interchange. As this crossing does not serve any (un)paved roads or farms, it was likely used only a few times per year to access isolated farmland.





Another rarity was an active railroad crossing along A2 west of Loenen. It was used by freight trains. The railroad crossing was removed in 1987.
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Old September 29th, 2015, 03:36 PM   #12786
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A15 Caland Bridge, Rotterdam

The Caland Bridge, built in 1969, carries local traffic and rail traffic next to the Thomassen Tunnel in the Port of Rotterdam. The bridge was expanded in the 1990s to a double-track railroad. This reduced the projected service life of the bridge. A renovation is needed by 2020.

The secretary of infrastructure picked the preferred alternative, a new railroad along the Theemsweg (literally; Thames Road), with a regular renovation of the road bridge. The Port of Rotterdam will finance a major portion of the new railroad. If this may become unfeasible for whatever reason, funding will be redirected to a large-scale renovation of the Caland Bridge, keeping the railroad where it is. In that case, the bridge deck will be totally stripped to extend its service life by another 50 years.

Residents of nearby Zwartewaal are heavily opposed to the relocation of the railroad.

The Caland Bridge:


The Theemsweg Route:
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Old September 29th, 2015, 04:50 PM   #12787
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Kaasplankje

A 'kaasplankje' (cheese platter) was a small sign mounted on the crash barriers that indicated sections where a 100 km/h speed limit was in force on motorways. They were installed every 50 or 100 m.

They were a very common sight along Dutch motorways between 1988 and the early 2000s. The were introduced in 1988 when the general motorway speed limit went up from 100 to 120 km/h. They were replaced by hectometer poles, starting in 2000. Most were phased out pretty quickly.

This is a cheese platter on A4 near Leiden in 1989.
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Old September 30th, 2015, 07:00 PM   #12788
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N381 Drachten - Oosterwolde

The province of Fryslân has reserved € 25 million for a further widening of N381 to a four-lane expressway, between Donkerbroek and the south side of Oosterwolde. The widening is planned to start in late 2017 as all procedures need to be done first.

When completed, there will be nearly 20 kilometers of four-lane, 100 km/h expressway from Drachten to near Appelscha.
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Old September 30th, 2015, 11:52 PM   #12789
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According to Waze, the Netherlands is the best country to drive in.


http://time.com/4056613/best-country-drive-waze/
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Old October 1st, 2015, 12:44 AM   #12790
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Worst: Romania the same level like Indonesia?! No f...g way! I`ve driven in both country and it`s huge difference, in favor of Romania ofcourse.
Best...first place allright but further... not sure...
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Old October 1st, 2015, 01:17 AM   #12791
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Is there a formal date (day, month and year) for full completion of A4 works?
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Old October 1st, 2015, 11:02 AM   #12792
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Assuming that you're referring to the bit between Delft and Rotterdam: they're currently shooting for Friday 18 December 2015 (that would be the day of the official opening).
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Old October 1st, 2015, 02:39 PM   #12793
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The foam roundabout strikes again!

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A4 Den Haag

The A4 motorway at Den Haag (The Hague).
Visible is the Ypenburg motorway interchange (A13) in the foreground and the Prins Clausplein motorway interchange (A12).
This is the busiest stretch of road in the Netherlands, with an annual average of 244,000 vehicles per day.

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Old October 4th, 2015, 06:07 AM   #12795
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The foam roundabout strikes again!
I love this I hope it goes on forever, like the Gavle Goat in Sweden
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A4 Delft - Schiedam

Fresh photos of the A4 between Delft and Schiedam. The missing link will likely open just before Christmas.


A4 Delft Schiedam by Mark van der Meer, on Flickr


IMG_EOS550D_47880 by Mark van der Meer, on Flickr


IMG_EOS550D_47890 by Mark van der Meer, on Flickr


IMG_EOS550D_47906 by Mark van der Meer, on Flickr


IMG_EOS550D_47914 by Mark van der Meer, on Flickr

This is what half a century of discussion looks like.
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Old October 5th, 2015, 12:30 AM   #12797
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I wonder if any of the engineers involved in the initial works are still alive to see the project complete.
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The initial EIS was taken in 1965, so if you were a young engineer (<25 yo) working on it back then, you'll be just shy of 75 years old today. Quite an advanced age, but a more than 50% chance that they're still around to this day on an individual basis.
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Old October 5th, 2015, 07:37 PM   #12799
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Expenditure by year (not adjusted for inflation)
Not a fair comparison since the expenditures for water quantity (dykes, etc.) and water quality was separated from the Infrastructurefund and put in an own fund in 2013. The budget of this new fund is roughly € 1,2 billion in 2016.
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Old October 7th, 2015, 02:37 PM   #12800
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A59 Waalwijk

The bridge across the 'Drongelen Canal' is being replaced. The bridge was built in 1955 and was never designed to be part of a motorway.

They built a temporary bridge so they can build a new motorway bridge. The new bridge will have a 100 km/h design speed. A 120 km/h design speed has proven to be too expensive (twice the budget).



More photos: http://defotograaf.eu/blog/a59/

You can see the original situation on the 1960s topographical map. The bridge was just a short four-lane segment between the single carriageway segments of rijksweg 59. The road wasn't widened to a motorway until the late 1970s, the last segment not until 1989. The current traffic is nearly 70,000 vehicles per day.

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