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Old May 20th, 2016, 04:08 PM   #13621
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A12 Ede - Arnhem

A12 will be closed for eastbound traffic this weekend between Ede and the Grijsoord motorway interchange. They are going to slide an underpass under the motorway. It is 70 meters long, 13.5 meters wide and weighs 3600 tonnes.

The entire stretch will also be paved during the weekend (11 kilometers). It appears that the eastbound widening will be completed after the weekend, but they still maintain it's completed in the summer.

A12 is closed from Friday 9 p.m. until Monday 5 a.m. to all eastbound traffic. Traffic is being detoured via A1 or A15. Westbound traffic is not affected.

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Old May 21st, 2016, 09:22 PM   #13622
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statistics

Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) released some new data regarding passenger cars in the Netherlands. Bottom line: the average age of passenger cars is increasing.

51% of the passenger cars are over 9 years old, in 2006 it was 37%. The average age increased from 8.4 to 10.2 years over the last 10 years. The share of cars older than 15 years increased from 11 to 20%. The share of cars between 0 and 3 years old declined from 20 to 16%.

There are 8.1 million passenger cars in the Netherlands, an increase of 1 million cars since 2006.

Petrol-powered cars are on average 11 years old, while diesel-powered cars are on average 7.2 years old. However, 79% of all passenger cars run on petrol and only 16% on diesel.

The average age of scrapping a car is 17.9 years. The average age of export cars is 12.5 years. Half of all exported cars are diesel cars and they are usually under 10 years old, while exported petrol cars are 16 years old.
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Old May 21st, 2016, 09:47 PM   #13623
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The average age of scrapping a car is 17.9 years. The average age of export cars is 12.5 years. Half of all exported cars are diesel cars and they are usually under 10 years old, while exported petrol cars are 16 years old.
Hardly surprising given the astronomical cost of buying a car in the Netherlands. I also think that cars get an easy ride with the good standard roads and total lack of hills.

Cars probably last longer in NL and I've seen many more old bangers still running well compared with the UK where they take a battering on the substandard road network. I keep thinking my 13 year old Polo will die shortly, but touch wood it keeps going and going.
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Old May 23rd, 2016, 08:00 PM   #13624
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A12 Ede - Grijsoord

Eastbound A12 reopened this morning as scheduled with 3 lanes from Ede to Grijsoord.

During the weekend, an 11 kilometer segment of motorway (3 lanes + 1 shoulder) have been paved, all road markings have been applied, an they also slid in a 70 meter long fauna tunnel under the motorway. In addition, they demolished the remainder of the old N224 overpass.

Westbound A12 will be completed next month.

The project started in February 2015, so the entire widening of 11 kilometer of motorway took only 1 year and 4 months, including bridge replacement. The actual traffic impact was only during 12 weeks in total. It was the first workzone with a 120 km/h speed limit in Dutch history. They did an outstanding job widening the motorway in a very short period of time with very little traffic impact.

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Old May 23rd, 2016, 10:02 PM   #13625
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Wow Germany should check that one out . In Germany, in 1 year and 4 months they would maybe about to start with the preparation of the actual construction work.
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Old May 28th, 2016, 08:24 PM   #13626
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A28 / N309 't Harde

Construction starts next Monday to replace a bridge that carries the A28 motorway over the N309 provincial road at 't Harde. The bridge replacement will take 5 months.

The number of lanes of N309 under the A28 overpass will be increased from 3 to 5. The on/offramps will also be equipped with traffic signals. This is one of the few remaining 1960s era interchanges with uncontrolled ramps with 4 T-intersections.

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Old May 30th, 2016, 08:48 AM   #13627
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A12 will be closed for eastbound traffic this weekend between Ede and the Grijsoord motorway interchange. They are going to slide an underpass under the motorway. It is 70 meters long, 13.5 meters wide and weighs 3600 tonnes.

The entire stretch will also be paved during the weekend (11 kilometers). It appears that the eastbound widening will be completed after the weekend, but they still maintain it's completed in the summer.

A12 is closed from Friday 9 p.m. until Monday 5 a.m. to all eastbound traffic. Traffic is being detoured via A1 or A15. Westbound traffic is not affected.


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Old May 30th, 2016, 09:04 AM   #13628
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Old May 30th, 2016, 06:14 PM   #13629
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A27 Breda - Utrecht

The draft environmental impact assessment of the A27 widening has been signed by the minister of transportation. It concerns the A27 from the Hooipolder interchange (A59) to Houten, a 47 kilometer stretch of motorway. It will be published on 10 June. The budget for the project is € 808 million.

The draft-EIA is based on the preferred alternative that was chosen in 2014. Most of the budget will be consumed by the construction of new bridges at Gorinchem and Geertruidenberg. This stretch of A27 has 4 major bridges. Most of the project length consists only of shoulder running, only a portion of the 47 kilometer route will have permanent new lanes. The exact details will be known on 10 June.

From the preferred alternative in 2014:

Northbound
* 2 lanes + shoulder running from Hooipolder (A59) to Werkendam
* 3 lanes from Werkendam to Scheiwijk
* 2 lanes + shoulder running from Scheiwijk to Houten

Southbound
* 4 lanes from Houten to Everdingen (A2)
* 2 lanes + shoulder running from Everdingen to Scheiwijk
* 4 lanes from Scheiwijk to Werkendam, including a new Merwede Bridge
* 2 lanes + shoulder running from Werkendam to Hooipolder
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Old May 30th, 2016, 09:42 PM   #13630
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A27 Breda - Utrecht

Some documents about the A27 expansion project can be found here: http://www.a27participatie.nl/

There are mostly concepts and may not be exactly the same as what will be adopted in the draft EIA.

South to north lane configuration;

* Hooipolder interchange: connector road from A59 eastbound to A27 northbound
* New Keizersveer Bridge for northbound traffic with 3 lanes and a shoulder. Existing bridges will remain in use with 2+2 lanes for southbound traffic (one SB lane becomes an exit only lane)
* 2x3 lanes from Hooipolder to Hank
* 2x2 lanes + shoulder running from Hank to Nieuwendijk
* 2+3 lanes from Nieuwendijk to Werkendam (3 SB lanes)
* 3+4 lanes from Werkendam to Avelingen (4 SB lanes)
* new Merwede Bridge for SB traffic (4 lanes)
* 2x3 lanes from Avelingen to Scheiwijk rest area (2x2 through lanes at Gorinchem motorway interchange)
* no changes to the Gorinchem cloverleaf.
* 2x2 lanes + shoulder running from Scheiwijk rest area to just north of Lexmond
* 2+3 lanes + shoulder running NB from Lexmond to Everdingen interchange (A2) (mostly existing situation, except for NB shoulder lane)
* Everdingen motorway interchange remains unchanged
* 2 NB lanes + shoulder running and 2+2 SB lanes from Everdingen interchange to Nieuwegein
* new SB bridge across the Lek River at Hagestein. Two SB carriageways, one NB carriageway
* 4+2 lanes + NB shoulder running from Nieuwegein to Houten

This results in a very fragmented lane configuration, but it will do the job of addressing congestion, at least in the short term. However, experience shows that shoulder running on motorways with 80,000 - 100,000 vehicles per day will be in operation throughout much of the day (not just during peak hour).
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Old June 1st, 2016, 10:28 AM   #13631
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A12 Gouda

The new parallel road along A12 near Gouda that is intended to relieve A12 of weaving local traffic.



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Old June 1st, 2016, 07:31 PM   #13632
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The new A9 bridge across the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal east of Diemen. It will carry 9 lanes, 4 + 3 regular lanes and 2 reversible lanes. It is basically a link between A1 and A9. It is part of the Schiphol-Amsterdam-Almere megaproject. It was built in less than two years, the first span was completed in 16 months.

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Old June 2nd, 2016, 03:14 PM   #13633
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Severe thunderstorms have washed away an embankment along A74 at Venlo, practically on the German border.

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speed limits

The speed limit goes up on 2 stretches tomorrow;

* A2: Holendrecht (A9) to Vinkeveen, 130 km/h from 19h - 6h in both directions
* A12: Duiven - German border, 130 km/h 24/7 in both directions.

This will give A2 between Amsterdam and Utrecht a uniform speed limit, 100 km/h from 6h - 19h and 130 km/h from 19h - 6h.

The speed limit also made a uniform 130 km/h, day and night, on A12. This used to be 120 day / 130 night. These 120-130 stretches are increasingly eliminated. The difference is confusing, unnecessary in practice, and only relevant to bureaucratic rules.
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Old June 2nd, 2016, 03:42 PM   #13635
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South Holland construction works

A lot of maintenance construction is planned in South Holland province over the summer.

* A4 Benelux Tunnel (Rotterdam), numerous night and weekend closures for renovation and replacement of technical installations. One out of 4 tubes will be closed at a time.
* A15 Benelux - Vaanplein (Rotterdam), weekend closure 15-18 July for resurfacing.
* A12 Zoetermeer - Gouda, one weekend closure per direction for resurfacing and bridge joint replacement works.
* A12 Den Haag - Zoetermeer, one weekend closure per direction for resurfacing and bridge joint replacement works.
* A16 Brienenoord Bridge (Rotterdam), 3 weekend closures for resurfacing and bridge joint replacement works.

As you can see, maintenance in the Netherlands is nearly entirely during the night and with weekend closures. This is one of the reasons why construction works are responsible for only 3% of all traffic congestion.
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Old June 2nd, 2016, 04:57 PM   #13636
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Severe thunderstorms have washed away an embankment along A74 at Venlo, practically on the German border.

Please let the Dutch fix this, if it was done by the Germans we would face a road closure for the next ten years!
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Old June 2nd, 2016, 08:55 PM   #13637
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No, such things get actually fixed quickly, even in Germany. We had a similar (avalanche?) problem along a relatively minor road in my town two days ago and the road was open again in a couple of hours.
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Old June 5th, 2016, 12:14 PM   #13638
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N11, Bodegraven

A 1963 photo of the N11 two-lane viaduct across the railroad in Bodegraven. It was built as part of the Bodegraven bypass, and continued through Zwammerdam.

It was demolished in 2004/2005 after N11 was built on a new alignment with four lanes outside the built-up area.

It's hard to imagine that only about 10 years ago all through traffic on N11 had to drive across an urbanized two-lane road through Zwammerdam. It was already planned as a motorway in the 1960s, but it took over 40 years to finally build it as a four-lane expressway.

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Old June 5th, 2016, 03:28 PM   #13639
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I was trying to find this location on Google Maps, but unfortunately I couldn't. Could you please share the current street view?
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Old June 5th, 2016, 04:04 PM   #13640
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I think it's right here on the Vlietkade: https://goo.gl/maps/tjqwGzTrh3S2

Check out the missing house, and if you go into Google Earth and enable the 2005 imagery, you can see all the groundworks for removing the road and building that PostNL location.
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