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Old February 16th, 2016, 09:58 PM   #13321
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Would be more expensive, especially considering the buildings and roads in the immediate vicinity, and thus not worth it.
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Old February 17th, 2016, 12:12 PM   #13322
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A1/A27 widening

The Council of State has approved the widening project of A1 and A27 today. It issued a verdict where they annulled the original environmental impact assessment (EIA), but it was already repaired with a supplemental EIA, leaving the project de-facto intact.

It ruled that the 'legal effects of the EIA will be unaffected' and the 'EIA remains in force'.

The € 261 million project is planned to start next year and will be completed between 2018 and 2020.



The Hoevelaken motorway interchange (A1/A28) near Amersfoort is not part of this project, but is a separate project with a separate schedule. However, to prevent eastbound A1 from narrowing down from 4 to 2 lanes at Amersfoort, they temporarily widened the A1 along the north side of Amersfoort to 3 lanes (eastbound only).
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Old February 17th, 2016, 02:45 PM   #13323
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Still no proper A1-widening in Naarden if I am correct? Won't that be a giant bottleneck?
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Old February 17th, 2016, 02:52 PM   #13324
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There is shoulder running from Naarden to the Eemnes motorway interchange (A1/A27). A widening project is not actively planned there. There are three lanes during peak hour (i.e. most of the day) and they seem to be capable of handling the traffic through there.
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Old February 17th, 2016, 02:57 PM   #13325
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But for how long will that solution at Naarden be sufficient?
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Old February 17th, 2016, 03:00 PM   #13326
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It's difficult to say. When comparing traffic volumes on each segment, the A1 Naarden - Eemnes carried about the same amount of traffic as A1 Eemnes - Amersfoort before widening (90,000 vehicles per day). The latter is planned with eight lanes, while the former has only four lanes plus shoulder running. You'd say both would need eight lanes.

But there is a lot of space constraint through there. It is one of the wealthies areas of the Netherlands with a lot of political / media influence. Just like how they killed the A6 extension 'through' Lake Naarden (which in was reality planned to bypass the lake). The Schiphol - Amsterdam - Almere megaproject is the result (massive widening of existing motorways).
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Old February 17th, 2016, 03:52 PM   #13327
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Alkmaar

The Nelson Mandela Bridge opened to traffic in the city of Alkmaar last Friday, February 12. It is claimed to be the largest movable composite bridge in the world. It connects an industrial area with the N242 expressway in Heerhugowaard. The construction cost was € 9.15 million. The movable bridge deck is 22.5 meters long. It is a 'table bridge'.

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Old February 18th, 2016, 09:03 AM   #13328
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Why not remove the Gouda exit completely to solve the issues there?
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Old February 18th, 2016, 09:08 AM   #13329
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Yeah sure, I mean the exit only carries about 25000 vehicles/day directly to and from the A12, what could possibly go wrong?
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Old February 18th, 2016, 11:32 AM   #13330
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The Nelson Mandela Bridge opened to traffic in the city of Alkmaar last Friday, February 12. It is claimed to be the largest movable composite bridge in the world. It connects an industrial area with the N242 expressway in Heerhugowaard. The construction cost was € 9.15 million. The movable bridge deck is 22.5 meters long. It is a 'table bridge'.
How much extra clearance is gained when the table section is elevated?
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Old February 18th, 2016, 11:53 AM   #13331
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Yeah sure, I mean the exit only carries about 25000 vehicles/day directly to and from the A12, what could possibly go wrong?
We might also leave the exit there but remove the A12. That would solve the problem for sure.

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Old February 18th, 2016, 04:36 PM   #13332
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RTL Nieuws has a few interesting articles today (featuring detailed interactive maps):

1) The most popular car brand per commune.
2) How many electric cars are registered in each commune?
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Old February 18th, 2016, 04:42 PM   #13333
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They need to buy some new cars in the north and east

My car has a CO2 emission of 98 g/km.
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Old February 18th, 2016, 05:56 PM   #13334
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RTL Nieuws has a few interesting articles today (featuring detailed interactive maps):

1) The most popular car brand per commune.
2) How many electric cars are registered in each commune?
Just a fun fact.

I bought 2 second-hand car from Netherlands, One Prius and one Plug-in Prius.
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Old February 19th, 2016, 11:12 AM   #13335
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In quick succession because they keep breaking down? What are you driving now?

That reminds me of an article I read a while ago that said used cars from the Netherlands are very popular in the rest of Europe. The good quality of the roads and the very flat landscape mean there's less wear-and-tear on tires, brakes, gears and more. Don't know how true that is, but it sounded plausible.
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Old February 19th, 2016, 02:58 PM   #13336
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In quick succession because they keep breaking down? What are you driving now?

That reminds me of an article I read a while ago that said used cars from the Netherlands are very popular in the rest of Europe. The good quality of the roads and the very flat landscape mean there's less wear-and-tear on tires, brakes, gears and more. Don't know how true that is, but it sounded plausible.
One car for my wife and one for myself.

Used cars from Netherlands are a good choice, because of the good quality (facts you wrote), and the second-hand dealers are much better than in Germany and Austria. The whole process is much more transparent. They aren't playing with the mileages of the cars.
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Old February 19th, 2016, 07:39 PM   #13337
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That fact has changed for the worse the past few years.

More congestion, more traffic calming crap (suspension killers), and playing with mileages is a big thing here too. Tbh, all 2nd hand dealers I've had to do with were bad imho, much prefer to buy privately than from dealers.
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Old February 19th, 2016, 07:55 PM   #13338
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I noticed that speed bumps in western Netherlands tend to be much less gentle and forgiving than those in the east. In my city you can drive practically all speed bumps in 2nd gear, even in residential streets, but I've seen many speed bumps in the west where you would have to switch back to first gear if you want to keep it comfortable and not make your nose hit the street (you can often spot the scratches...)
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Old February 19th, 2016, 08:11 PM   #13339
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It becomes even worse by the year, I remember in the old days eg. mid 90's, our cars never had suspension problems, by the time I started driving, all of our cars (before anyone makes the joke, even cars I don't or barely ever drive) wear suspension parts (and drivetrain parts) much quicker:

Ball joints.
Springs that break (more quickly than they used to)
Shocks that last only about 4-5 years, instead of 10+.
Link stabilizers.
CV joints.
Control Arms...

It's not just the speedbumps, it's also perfectly smooth tarmac roads being replaced by brick roads.

Every unnecessary shock is wear and tear...

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Old February 19th, 2016, 08:27 PM   #13340
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Cars are also getting much heavier.
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