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Old September 8th, 2016, 06:16 PM   #13821
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A59 Waalwijk

The new bridge of A59 across the Drongelen Canal near Waalwijk is almost completed and will be put into service in two phases on 26 September and 10 October.

The original bridge was built in 1955 and was never designed to carry motorway traffic. N59 was widened to A59 in the 1970s, using the existing bridge. It was narrow and had a reduced speed limit of 70 km/h.

They replaced the 1955 bridge. First they built a temporary bridge, then they demolished the old bridge and built a new, wider one with a 100 km/h design speed.

The temporary bridge was built in the second half of 2015 (around September/October). The old bridge was then demolished, and they built the new bridge in about 8 months.

This is an aerial photo that shows the old bridge (left) and temporary bridge (right):


An aerial photo that shows the construction of the new bridge, the photo was probably taken in the spring, I haven't seen any more recent aerial photos of the project.
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Old September 9th, 2016, 09:36 PM   #13822
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Rotterdamsebaan

The first construction works on the Rotterdamsebaan Tunnel, also known as the 'Victory Boogie-Woogie Tunnel' in The Hague started on 5 September. They started with the construction of a pit just north of the Ypenburg motorway interchange (A4/A13). It will be finished in April 2017.

The construction pit is 250 meters long and at the maximum 18 meters deep. The tunnel boring machine will be assembled in it. Actual tunnel boring is planned to start in 2018, and the tunnel should open to traffic in 2020.

As this project does not have a major traffic impact, they don't work around the clock on it, they basically only work on workdays from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and only infrequently on Saturdays. This saves quite a bit of money.

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Old September 10th, 2016, 10:41 AM   #13823
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A9 Badhoevedorp

New aerial photos of the new A9 around the town of Badhoevedorp, just outside Amsterdam & Schiphol Airport. They were taken on 1 August.

1. The Badhoevedorp interchange, looking west. A9 will turn off here to bypass Badhoevedorp.


2. A9 will cross over A4 and the railroad to Schiphol. As a side note, the Badhoevedorp interchange is the oldest cloverleaf in the Netherlands, it opened in 1967.


3. Looking southwest. A9 and A4 will run side-by-side for a short stretch near Schiphol Airport.


4. The eastbound carriageway of A9 is already in use for traffic towards Amsterdam. This is the new Badhoevedorp exit.


5. On the west side of Badhoevedorp, looking east. The old A9 to the left will be demolished once the new motorway is operational.


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Old September 10th, 2016, 11:08 AM   #13824
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the water , road combination look sweet.
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Old September 12th, 2016, 07:03 PM   #13825
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A1 Muiden

Traffic was moved to the new reversible lanes of A1 near Muiden today. Unfortunately there was a lane closure the same day due to a breakdown.



As an interesting factoid, there are on average 800 - 1000 workers present on the 23 kilometer A1-A6 segment every single day. There are more workers during major closures.

It's a long-term PPP contract, the SAAOne consortium will receive a € 200 million bonus if they manage to complete it on time.
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Old September 13th, 2016, 10:48 PM   #13826
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Waze

Waze Index Reveals Where in the World are the Best and Worst Places to be a Driver

For the second consecutive year, the most satisfying place in the world to drive is the Netherlands, thanks to its smooth traffic conditions and solid road quality and infrastructure. Rounding out the top five are France, the United States, the Czech Republic, and Sweden.
https://blog.waze.com/2016/09/waze-i...world-are.html
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Old September 14th, 2016, 12:05 AM   #13827
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Well, maybe to commute. In order to drive, you need curves and possibly hills...
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Old September 14th, 2016, 12:25 AM   #13828
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How popular is Waze in the Netherlands?
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Old September 14th, 2016, 12:46 AM   #13829
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The final plans (tracébesluit) for the A16 extension around Rotterdam have been approved. The plans will be published on 25 August. It comes 11 months after the draft plan for the project. They want to begin construction next year.

It's a great news

Anyway, any projects or plans about the connection in between Beneluxtunnel (A4), precisely A4/A15 junction, and the this point (where the junction is not finished but the motorway goes on the curve) Klaaswaal on A29 ?
This will straighten the Antwerpen <--> Den Haag A4 motorway trace and will create better alternative than motorway A16 via Breda.
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Depends at which age group you look. The younger drivers tend to know the app, although I don't really know how many actually use it frequently.
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Old September 14th, 2016, 09:57 AM   #13831
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Anyway, any projects or plans about the connection in between Beneluxtunnel (A4), precisely A4/A15 junction, and the this point (where the junction is not finished but the motorway goes on the curve) Klaaswaal on A29 ?
This will straighten the Antwerpen <--> Den Haag A4 motorway trace and will create better alternative than motorway A16 via Breda.
This section has been a part of long-term plans since the 1950s, however, it remained just that; a long term plan. There is some regional push to construct it, but it doesn't have a high priority in The Hague. I consider it unlikely that it gets built before 2025-2030.

The A15 expansion also improved the situation, as north-south traffic now uses A15 to get from A4 to A29. So there's less urgency to build this expensive motorway segment.

In my opinion a new bridge for local traffic + public transport and an 'N38' tunnel on the east side of Rotterdam is a higher priority.
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Old September 14th, 2016, 10:54 AM   #13832
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I'd say not very. I'm guessing services like Routeradar are more popular.
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Old September 14th, 2016, 01:01 PM   #13833
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A12 Gouda

The new parallel road along A12 near Gouda.



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Old September 14th, 2016, 02:34 PM   #13834
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news briefs

Some brief news reports that surfaced today.

road spending
BNR (formerly Business News Radio) studied the expenditures of Rijkswaterstaat, and concluded that 80% of the budget is spent in just three provinces; North Holland, South Holland & Utrecht.

The per capita investment between 2010 and 2015 is particularly low in Drenthe, North Brabant & Limburg provinces. Though this comparison may not be entirely fair, as North Brabant has had large road projects just prior to 2010. But the province is generally seen as underfunded. Drenthe is very rural and has virtually no traffic problems, so the lower investment in that province is justified.

Smartphone in traffic
A study by Veilig Verkeer Nederland and Samsung found out that 20% of traffic accidents involving students had smartphone usage in play. The study found out that the average student checks his/her phone 120 times per day. This is a new style of addiction that is widespread.

It is considered difficult to resolve this. The urge to immediately check or answer to a message on a smart phone is very high, so information campaigns are unlikely to have much, if any effect. They also don't see it useful to ban smartphone usage on a bicycle if there is no chance it will be enforced properly. They're introducing a 'bicycle mode' that supress other apps when moving at a certain speed. But that's voluntary.

Traffic growth
A new study based on demographic, economic & spatial developments in the Netherlands indicates that vehicle kilometers will increase by 30% up to 2030. This is a slightly lower growth scenario than the one that was assumed until now (where the high growth scenario had a 35% growth). Public transport passenger kilometers are also forecast to grow by 30%.

The construction lobby group Bouwend Nederland wants to reverse the previously introduced spending cuts on the Infrastructure Fund, and also increase funding as the spending level on maintenance & replacement would need to increase as more and more infrastructure is over 50 years old. The main problem here is municipal infrastructure. Municipalities almost never have long-term plans to set aside funding for replacement of bridges and other infrastructure, but will have the largest task replacing it all.
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Old September 14th, 2016, 03:14 PM   #13835
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BNR (formerly Business News Radio) studied the expenditures of Rijkswaterstaat, and concluded that 80% of the budget is spent in just three provinces; North Holland, South Holland & Utrecht.

The per capita investment between 2010 and 2015 is particularly low in Drenthe, North Brabant & Limburg provinces. Though this comparison may not be entirely fair, as North Brabant has had large road projects just prior to 2010. But the province is generally seen as underfunded. Drenthe is very rural and has virtually no traffic problems, so the lower investment in that province is justified.
According to BNR, "Citizens of the Netherlands pay an equal amount of taxes for road investments, but people from Drenthe benefit from these investments much less than people from Utrecht." This would suggest that people only drive within their own province. For example, citizens of Drenthe very much enjoy the advantages of the road widening of the A28 Meppel-Zwolle (2010-2011), even though that is in Overijssel. The same for the reconstruction of the ring road of Groningen. Also the investments in Flevoland/North Holland (A1/A6/A9/A10) are useful for a very large part of the country (at least for the northern provinces e.g. to get to Schiphol Airport).

While the statistics are quite interesting, I think the conclusions of BNR (that people from some provinces enjoy the benefits of road investments more than others) are nonsense.
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True, almost anyone in the Netherlands could benefit from road projects in Utrecht as it is by far the most important province where traffic from many areas of the country pass through.

In addition, they do not pay 'equal taxes', tax revenue is largely related to the population, so it's not like each province pays 1/12th of tax revenue.
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Old September 14th, 2016, 04:35 PM   #13837
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If you never leave your own province, you don't even really need a car.
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Old September 14th, 2016, 05:54 PM   #13838
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While the statistics are quite interesting, I think the conclusions of BNR (that people from some provinces enjoy the benefits of road investments more than others) are nonsense.
That's journalism for ya. Then you have the usual coffee-break small talk about state budgets being unfair and blah blah and populist politicians who capitalize it and lots, lots of bullshit in news, politics and coffee breaks.
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Dutch radio journalism has tanked in particular because radio frequencies are auctioned off to the highest bidder. Which mean they have to be mainstream to create revenue to pay for those high-priced radio frequencies. There are almost no nationwide 'alternative' radio stations, that go more in-depth and less standard, both in regards to news and music selection. The 'classic rock' stations only play the same number one hits over and over again and only rare venture into 'album tracks'.

BNR as a news station has a much wider selection of topics than other commercial and even public radio stations, but it stays relatively 'general' and presenters don't like to delve too deep into topics that aren't understood easily by the general population. But that means it's less interesting radio for people who are more knowledgable on the subject.
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Old September 16th, 2016, 05:12 PM   #13840
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2017 budget

The third Tuesday in September is the traditional Prinsjesdag (Little Prince's Day) where the budget for the next year is officially unveiled.

The budget includes the MIRT funding programming for infrastructure projects. It's the most important part of the Infrastructure & Environment budget that details which projects get funded over the next years (basically until 2030, but changes can be made each year).

Most of the plans have leaked as usual, and the leaks do not indicate the funding for infrastructure will change. There have been calls among advocacy groups and provinces to reverse the 2012 budget cuts on the infrastructure fund, and increase funding for transportation due to the aging of the infrastructure and high growth of vehicle / passenger kilometers on both the road and rail systems (30% until 2030).
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