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Old October 23rd, 2016, 03:28 AM   #13941
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Signs near the bridge indicate it's closed for buses as well. They said they can't install a '3.5 t' sign because it cannot be enforced without some kind of portable weigh station.

Only a very small share of traffic is over 3.5 tons, but not a truck or bus. And most of those will only be slightly over 3.5 tons, so it's not considered a problem.

The usage of the word 'lorry' is interesting. It's correct British English, but it appears to me that most Europeans who do not have British English as a native language use the word 'truck'. Just look around on these forums, the word 'lorry' (or HGV if you will) is hardly used outside of a UK context.
Portable weigh station? Weight category is stated in vehicle's registration papers...
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Old October 23rd, 2016, 11:15 AM   #13942
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Yes, but if you have a 3 ton vehicle + heavy trailer, the whole combination could be over 3.5 tons without being a bus or truck. But that can only be enforced with a portable weigh station.

However, the far majority of these combinations are likely only slightly over 3.5 tons, it's not considered a problem to be worth enforcing for now.

In an extreme example, it could be something like this:
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Old October 23rd, 2016, 12:31 PM   #13943
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I have rarely, if ever, seen such combinations in Dutch highways. Maybe it is more common in Fryslân, Groningen and Drenthe? I do see tractors pulling other tractors on 2-lane roads, they have quite a few roads marked "overtaking forbidden except over agricultural vehicles"
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Old October 23rd, 2016, 08:09 PM   #13944
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Also never seen it in my life and I grey up in Fryslân...
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Old October 23rd, 2016, 08:25 PM   #13945
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I know someone who drives a pick-up like that (for work purposes) but he practically never tows anything even though he needs diggers etc. as equipment.
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Old October 23rd, 2016, 08:28 PM   #13946
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I meant to say that people could drive such a combination with the towing vehicle being under 3.5 tons, but the entire combination over 3.5 tons, which is not listed as such on the license card.

You sometimes see contractors with a Ford F-150 / 250, a Chevrolet Silverado, a Toyota Tundra or some other heavy duty pickup truck with a small excavator on a trailer. These are definitely over 3.5 tons, some heavy duty pickup trucks have towing capacities of over 5 tons.
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Old October 24th, 2016, 10:43 AM   #13947
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Yeah I see that kind of thing with contractors and especially the farmer's market people here in Groningen.
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Old October 24th, 2016, 11:22 AM   #13948
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We will probably not see to many category B heavy duty pickup trucks in Europe anyways: A F-250 Super duty, for instance, has a curb weight of at least 2950 kg, leaving a staggering payload of 550 kg including all the occupants, making the thing pretty much useless. Now I don't know what the weight on a fifth wheel would be, but I doubt that a maximum of around 350 kg (550kg minus 2 occupants and some stuff) for a heavy trailer would make for a stable combination.
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Old October 24th, 2016, 10:51 PM   #13949
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N31 Harlingen

An update of the N31 project in the northern city of Harlingen. N31 is being upgraded to a four-lane divided highway with an aquaduct (canal underpass).


Een pracht plaatje! by N31 Harlingen, on Flickr


Tijdelijke bypass Kimswerderweg by N31 Harlingen, on Flickr


Werkzaamheden vanuit de lucht (2) by N31 Harlingen, on Flickr


Skyline Harlingen by N31 Harlingen, on Flickr
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Old October 25th, 2016, 12:15 AM   #13950
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I'd like to hear Chris' opinion on this design in Zwolle:



I like it, but I think it works mostly because they applied a design to which motorists are already well accustomed.
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Old October 25th, 2016, 12:27 AM   #13951
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Has already been discussed in the Cycling in The Netherlands thread, including response from Chris
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...#post106507121
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Old October 25th, 2016, 12:36 AM   #13952
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I didn't even know we had that section Thank you
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Old October 25th, 2016, 02:02 AM   #13953
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We will probably not see to many category B heavy duty pickup trucks in Europe anyways: A F-250 Super duty, for instance, has a curb weight of at least 2950 kg, leaving a staggering payload of 550 kg including all the occupants, making the thing pretty much useless. Now I don't know what the weight on a fifth wheel would be, but I doubt that a maximum of around 350 kg (550kg minus 2 occupants and some stuff) for a heavy trailer would make for a stable combination.
But the gross weight is not 3,5 t but 6,35 t

http://www.ford.ca/trucks/superduty/specifications/
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Old October 25th, 2016, 09:39 PM   #13954
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An update of the N31 project in the northern city of Harlingen. N31 is being upgraded to a four-lane divided highway with an aquaduct (canal underpass).


Een pracht plaatje! by N31 Harlingen, on Flickr


Tijdelijke bypass Kimswerderweg by N31 Harlingen, on Flickr


Werkzaamheden vanuit de lucht (2) by N31 Harlingen, on Flickr


Skyline Harlingen by N31 Harlingen, on Flickr
such an coincidence, I drove this weekend through Harlingen from the Afsluitdijk! From the Afsluitdijk to Groningen its an great route
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Old October 26th, 2016, 06:04 PM   #13955
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A groundbreaking ceremony has been held for the twinning of provincial road N305 in Flevoland province. It will extend the four-lane segment of N305 from Zeewolde to the N302 intersection.




Google Maps erroneously classifies N305 as an expressway while it is in fact a 100 km/h two-lane / partially four-lane road without grade-separation
And just like that, 11 months later the project is completed. They inaugurated the N305 twinning today. It's 5 kilometers more 2x2 divided highway now. This is not a controlled-access highway, but there are no intersections except at either end.

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Old October 26th, 2016, 07:51 PM   #13956
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I have rarely, if ever, seen such combinations in Dutch highways. Maybe it is more common in Fryslân, Groningen and Drenthe? I do see tractors pulling other tractors on 2-lane roads, they have quite a few roads marked "overtaking forbidden except over agricultural vehicles"
I've driven a combination like this:



But that was at my grandfather's farm in Minnesota when he needed some livestock to go to the slaughterhouse in Fergus Falls, 100 km south...
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Old October 29th, 2016, 09:15 PM   #13958
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A2 Maastricht

They hold a 'tunnel weekend' this weekend in Maastricht, where you can visit the new King Willem-Alexander Tunnel on 29 and 30 October. I went there today, here are some photos by a friend. There was huge attendance.

There were two visits possible, walking through the upper tubes of the future local lanes, or cycling through the lower tubes of the future express lanes. We went walking as during the cycle trip, stopping was not allowed. People could bring their bike or reserve one, apparently there were over 10,000 applications for bike reservations.

1. The southern tunnel portal.

DSC_0133.jpg by Jeroen van Lieshout, on Flickr

2. Same location, looking south to Liège.

DSC_0141.jpg by Jeroen van Lieshout, on Flickr

3. Sign with tunnel symbol.

DSC_0040.jpg by Jeroen van Lieshout, on Flickr

4. The tube for local southbound traffic.

DSC_0041.jpg by Jeroen van Lieshout, on Flickr

5. Inside the upper tube for southbound traffic.

DSC_0092.jpg by Jeroen van Lieshout, on Flickr
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A6 Almere

A6 from Almere to A1 is closed this weekend for major paving operations. They also install new signage.



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Old October 30th, 2016, 11:53 PM   #13960
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They hold a 'tunnel weekend' this weekend in Maastricht, where you can visit the new King Willem-Alexander Tunnel on 29 and 30 October. There was huge attendance.
Total attendance came out at 25,000 people, making it one of the best visited open days for a road project ever.
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