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Old July 20th, 2016, 08:46 PM   #13701
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And yet, few people take the plunge.

Distance is a major factor; people don't generally like to move but when they do, they tend to move closer to work, not further away.
Indeed only about 700/year, per this article in the Financieel Dagblad.

Distance can't be the issue. Hulst-Antwerp is 30 minutes to the city center. Axel-Ghent is about the same. That's no worse than most of the Antwerp commuter belt. My friends in Brussels would kill for such a commute.

Either way, a few hundred at best just offsets the expected population loss for the area: 6.8% for Terneuzen, 10% for Sluis and a whopping 15% for Hulst "in the next few decades", according to the article. If interpreting that as 20 years, and population loss as 7%/50K + 10%/25K + 15%/25K, or about 10K, that would give 500 a year.

In other words, a new Purmerend or Almere in Zeeuws Vlaanderen is not happening anytime soon

That said, these demographic changes could be revised upward if the area manages to attract local investment from the new lock (nieuwe sluis), vastly improved 4x4 motorway between Rotterdam and Ghent/Lille/Paris and eventually the Seine-Scheldt connection.

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Old July 20th, 2016, 10:18 PM   #13702
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Zeeland also suffers from bad West<=>continent connections in Overflakkee, Zeeuws Vlaanderen and Duiveland. They did a great job with N-S links but kinda neglected other connections (except A58).

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Speaking of Zeeland, I found this old map of the area

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Old July 20th, 2016, 11:46 PM   #13703
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The 'Sloeweg' upgrade has been completed on 30 June. They expanded the two-lane road to a four-lane expressway with a new interchange at 's-Heerenhoek. In addition, they built a new motorway interchange with A58, which is known as knooppunt Stelleplas.
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They invested 60.000.000 euro's and just got rid of one trafficlight. There is still one left.
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Old July 21st, 2016, 01:29 AM   #13704
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A render of the future A16-A20 interchange (knooppunt Terbergseplein) in Rotterdam, looking north.

[img]http://i.imgur.com/nwqFBi2.jpg[img]
Lane reduction from A20E>A16S: Might be possible but risky, a lot of traffic on that now.
Lane reduction on turning lane from A16S to A20E> Retarded, the 2 lanes now can barely cope with traffic coming from south, an A13/A16 link won't change anything about that. There is a HUGE traffic flow from south to east and vice versa.

Love the extra onramp from the Hoofdweg to north though and the extra turning lane on the exit will be handy too, often you get a traffic jam on the A16 because the exit terbregge cannot cope. Though mostly caused by the Terbregseweg and Molenlaan which are congested as hell which backfires all the way onto the A16.

The new Hillegersberg noord interchange on the A16/A16 link will be great for the mobility of Hillegersberg.
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Old July 21st, 2016, 01:44 AM   #13705
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Lane reduction on turning lane from A16S to A20E> Retarded, the 2 lanes now can barely cope with traffic coming from south, an A13/A16 link won't change anything about that. There is a HUGE traffic flow from south to east and vice versa.
That's a taper-exit, you can see behind the bushes just after the split that there are 2 lanes.
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Old July 21st, 2016, 02:22 AM   #13706
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Old July 21st, 2016, 03:23 PM   #13707
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N50 Ramspol Bridge

An aerial view of the Ramspol Bridge of N50 north of Kampen. It was built in 2012 to replace a narrow two-lane bascule bridge. The structure behind it is an inflatable storm surge barrier.

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Old July 21st, 2016, 09:12 PM   #13708
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A render of the future A16-A20 interchange (knooppunt Terbergseplein) in Rotterdam, looking north.

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Nice drawings! This new interchange with the A16-A13 connection is so badly needed. They should start constructing it as of yesterday.

The new entrance to the highway (coming from the Hoofdweg, entrance runs from the South to the North) only leads to the through traffic lanes. So traffic that wants to go to Rotterdam-West, Schiedam or Vlaardingen can't use that new entrance.
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Is the A13-A16 link still planned as a tolled road or not?
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Old July 21st, 2016, 09:23 PM   #13710
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No, the intent to use tolling for financing was canceled in November 2013. Traffic studies concluded that even a very modest toll would discourage so much traffic that its function to relieve traffic was put into doubt.
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Old July 23rd, 2016, 02:57 AM   #13711
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Nice drawings! This new interchange with the A16-A13 connection is so badly needed. They should start constructing it as of yesterday.

The new entrance to the highway (coming from the Hoofdweg, entrance runs from the South to the North) only leads to the through traffic lanes. So traffic that wants to go to Rotterdam-West, Schiedam or Vlaardingen can't use that new entrance.
The new link should relieve a lot of traffic from local roads, the accessibility of Hillegersberg-Schiebroek is now terrible and this results in congestion on many of the local roads in the area, the new link will allow of lot of traffic to take the new exit hillergersberg-noord.

If you want to go westwards, you go through the Kralingse Bos (70km/h autoweg) and then onto the Boezemlaan/Gordelweg and enter the A20 there, otherwise, exit Alexander isn't to far away.

The Gordelweg is now terrible, but mostly because of congestion on the A20 or the Straatweg into Hillegersberg which locks up the whole area, same with the Terbregseweg and Molenlaan.

Hell, I'd take the new A16/A13 road myself from Alexander to Hillegersberg even if it means a slight detour, it means avoiding 14 (!, in a few km's, coming from Capelle Schollevaar to Hillegersberg) traffic lights and hugely congested local roads.

The taper will work, provided there will be a decrease of traffic on the A20 Ring, but I'm having my doubts, congestion in the Rotterdam area was terrible, and new roads pick up new/extra traffic very quickly when the appalling situation improves to bearable. Rotterdam is one of the few areas so bad that people actually avoided driving (especiallt the A16>A29>A13 corridor) and looked for alternative routes or methods of transport.

Am I correct that the N209 near R'dam airport will be replaced by the new motorway? That wouldn't be too great, they should build the new road IN ADDITION to the N road. Also I hope they realise they need to upgrade the A13 and A4 to cope with all the extra traffic. Removing the A20 chokepoint with the A13/A16 link will undoubtedly mean new chokepoints/bottlenecks near the A13 Delft, A4 Prins Clausplein, and A4 Leidschendam. And of course the fail near Zoeterwoude Rijndijk/Leiden.

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Old July 25th, 2016, 04:33 PM   #13712
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A50 Tacitus Bridge

The renovation of the old Tacitus Bridge (1976) on A50 west of Nijmegen appears to be accelerating. The slow and complex works to replace the cables of the bridge (reportedly never done before in Europe) appears to be completed, so they are now strengthening the bridge deck.

The strengthening works are two-fold;
* extra steel in the bridge superstructure
* high-strength concrete on the bridge deck.

High-strength concrete (HogeSterkteBeton in Dutch) is a relatively new development. It has denser and finer concrete that has a higher strength than regular concrete. It also hardens out pretty fast.

Regular strength concrete has a pressure strength of 20-65 N/mm², while high-strength concrete has 65-105 N/mm². This allows for longer spans (especially for cantilevered box girder bridges) and better durability.

In the Netherlands, concrete is used for structures, bridge deck renovation and sometimes as a base course, though never as the top layer of pavement on motorways. Nearly all bridge renovations nowadays are using 'high-strength concrete'.


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Old July 25th, 2016, 06:47 PM   #13713
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A1 Diemen - Muiderberg

The new 12 lane A1 east of Amsterdam will be put into service over the summer.

* A1 will open to eastbound traffic on 22 August, including the new bridge across the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal from A9, and the new Aquaduct Vechtzicht under the Vecht River.
* The reversible lanes of A1 will open to traffic on 12 September
* A1 will open to westbound traffic on 26 September.

So by 26 September, the old A1 will be decomissioned and demolished afterwards. This eliminates another drawbridge on the Dutch motorway system.
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Old July 25th, 2016, 08:49 PM   #13714
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Zeeland also suffers from bad West<=>continent connections in Overflakkee, Zeeuws Vlaanderen and Duiveland.
Overflakkee is not in Zeeland
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Old July 26th, 2016, 08:18 PM   #13715
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N35 Zwolle - Wijthmen

The expansion of N35 between Zwolle and Wijthmen has been awarded to Heijmans. The contract value has not been disclosed, but the project has a € 48 million budget.

The N35 will be widened to a 2x2 expressway with a 100 km/h speed limit. It will be partially built over the existing road, and partially on a new alignment around the village of Wijthmen. A controlled-access interchange will be built at Wijthmen, there will be no other access except for either end of the project.

Construction is planned to begin sometime 2017 and is planned to be completed by late 2018.

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Old July 27th, 2016, 11:50 AM   #13716
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N356 'De Centrale As'

An opening date has been announced for the 'Centrale As' (Sintrale As in Frisian) in Friesland province. It will open in its entirety from N31 at Nijega to Dokkum on 7 October 2016.

It is a 21 kilometer long four-lane, grade-separated, 100 km/h expressway. It contains an aquaduct at Burgum. It is a provincial road project, one of the largest in the Netherlands.

Unusual for large road projects nowadays, it was contracted into segments, and the final segment around Faenwâlden didn't commence construction until 8-9 months ago. Which is remarkable given the soft soil, usually it requires a settling process.

Map of the project, which will likely be numbered as N356:
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Old July 27th, 2016, 09:35 PM   #13717
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If only Gelderland started building more roads as well like Fryslan of Groningen
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Old July 28th, 2016, 07:31 PM   #13718
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A50, Veghel - Oss

A50 will be closed in both directions for repaving in early August.

The motorway will be completely shut down for one week in each direction, to repave a 15 kilometer segment across all lanes.

A50 will be closed to all traffic;
* northbound from Veghel (exit 11) to Nistelrode (exit 15): 29 July 21:00 - 5 August 21:00
* southbound from Paalgraven motorway interchange to Veghel (exit 11): 5 August 21:00 - 15 August 06:00

The alternative was 6-8 weekend closures, but they decided on one complete closure.

A2-A59 will be the main detour for through traffic. They don't expect massive congestion due to the summer holidays. The main problem will be people who follow their GPS and ignore the signs, they are forced to exit A50 at Veghel and use secondary roads.

That's the reason why southbound A50 is closed from the Paalgraven motorway interchange, so traffic is forced onto an alternate motorway instead of the secondary road network at Nistelrode. However, for northbound traffic the closure is too far from the split at the Ekkersweijer motorway interchange with A2. They can't shut down all of A50, just for people blindly following their GPS.

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Old July 29th, 2016, 10:50 AM   #13719
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These days, if you update your GPS very regularly it should have this info on it and steer you around the bottlenecks, right?

(I don't own a car at the moment so I don't really know these things ).
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Old July 29th, 2016, 11:32 AM   #13720
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A50 will be closed in both directions for repaving in early August.

The motorway will be completely shut down for one week in each direction, to repave a 15 kilometer segment across all lanes.

A50 will be closed to all traffic;
* northbound from Veghel (exit 11) to Nistelrode (exit 15): 29 July 21:00 - 5 August 21:00
* southbound from Paalgraven motorway interchange to Veghel (exit 11): 5 August 21:00 - 15 August 06:00

The alternative was 6-8 weekend closures, but they decided on one complete closure.

A2-A59 will be the main detour for through traffic. They don't expect massive congestion due to the summer holidays. The main problem will be people who follow their GPS and ignore the signs, they are forced to exit A50 at Veghel and use secondary roads.

That's the reason why southbound A50 is closed from the Paalgraven motorway interchange, so traffic is forced onto an alternate motorway instead of the secondary road network at Nistelrode. However, for northbound traffic the closure is too far from the split at the Ekkersweijer motorway interchange with A2. They can't shut down all of A50, just for people blindly following their GPS.
This is the main reason I'll never use a GPS when driving around. I prefer to study the area on some online map beforehand.

BTW, I like to see 's-Hertogenbosch (a.k.a. Den Bosch) in a Google map. For some odd reason in my version it shows up as Bolduque .
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