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Old November 14th, 2016, 04:12 PM   #14001
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The Autohof-system in Germany is privately operated and profitable as far as I know. They usually charge trucks for overnight parking.
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Old November 14th, 2016, 04:15 PM   #14002
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I wonder if these private rest stops will operate a system with washroom vouchers you pay to use and get some refund back.
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Old November 14th, 2016, 04:44 PM   #14003
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A2 Maastricht

It has been announced that the 'King Willem-Alexander Tunnel' in Maastricht will open to traffic on 16 December 2016.

All four tubes will be put in operation simultaneously, earlier plans had a staggered opening.

The KWAT is a 2.6 kilometer long double-deck tunnel. It has 4 full-standard tubes, the lower tubes carry through traffic on A2 with a 100 km/h speed limit. The upper tubes carry local traffic on N2 with an 80 km/h speed limit.
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Old November 14th, 2016, 07:00 PM   #14004
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aerial photography

Some random aerial photos taken by Joop van Houdt, for Rijkswaterstaat. All photos are sourced from Beeldbank Rijkswaterstaat. They are chiefly taken in southern Netherlands.

1. A27 Keizersveer Bridge across the Bergsche Maas River. It is one of the few major (bailey) truss bridges in the Dutch road network.


2. A little ways north, the A27 Merwede Bridge that is currently closed to all trucks for repairs.


3. The bridge across the Drongelen Canal near Waalwijk (A59) during replacement in 2015.


4. The A59 bridge across the new Máxima Canal near 's-Hertogenbosch. It was built before the canal was dug.


5. The Dintelhaven Bridge (A15) in the Port of Rotterdam. It is the longest concrete box girder bridge in the Netherlands, with a 192 meter span.


6. A 'wet ecoduct' across the new A4 between Delft and Schiedam.


7. A traffic jam on A27 near Werkendam. The Merwede Bridge is the bottleneck, a narrow four-lane bridge that carries over 90,000 vehicles per day. A second bridge is planned to be built in the next few years.


8. The new N279 bridge across the Máxima Canal near 's-Hertogenbosch. The bridge is called 'De Nijvelaar'.


9. A turbo roundabout at the A4 Steenbergen interchange.


10. Rest area 'Staaldiep' along A15 in the Port of Rotterdam. The wind turbine was installed in 2014.


11. Rest area 'De Keizer' along A27, including a Fastned charging station.
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Old November 15th, 2016, 05:39 PM   #14005
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A9, Amsterdam

A timelapse video of the A9 Gaasperdam Tunnel construction in Amsterdam. The images were taken between February and October 2016.

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Old November 16th, 2016, 12:12 PM   #14006
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electric cars

The Netherlands now has 100,000 electric cars circulating on the roads. However, only 12,000 of those are battery-electric, the rest are plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV).

Battery-electric vehicles have a share of 0.015% (there are 8 million passenger cars in total).

Electric vehicles are stimulated chiefly through tax breaks. They are exempt from the BPM (car purchase tax) and the MRB (road tax). However, their biggest incentive is for company vehicles, which pay a very low tax rate.

This resulted in a high volume of PHEV's being sold, including large SUVs such as the Mitsubishi Outlander. However, according to fuel card data, most of them are not used as intended, their average fuel consumption is almost as high as if they're never charged at all.

So, starting in 2017, they will end tax breaks for plug-in hybrids, with a 22% tax rate for company cars. Only fully electric cars will continue to be almost untaxed, at 4% company car tax and 0% car purchase tax and 0% road tax.
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Old November 16th, 2016, 12:52 PM   #14007
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Would be feasible to tax hybrid company vehicles according to the fuel card?
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In real life, electronic toll collection was first introduced in Bergen, Norway in 1986, and well into the 21th century many countries still struggle to implement it.
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Old November 17th, 2016, 04:04 PM   #14008
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A10 Amsterdam

Some aerial photos of A10 in Amsterdam, taken by Prorail in August 2016. They show the railway expansion and the motorway.

This is the southern segment of A10 around Amsterdam, which will be buried underground in a 12 lane tunnel.

1. This is the Rozenoord Bridge across the Amstel River. It originally opened with one span in 1981, a second motorway span in 1989, two rail bridges in 1989 and a third rail bridge in 2016.


2. A10 and the railroad corridor at the Amsterdam RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre.


3. This is A4, immediately west of the railway junction near 'De Nieuwe Meer' motorway interchange.


4. This is the Schinkel Bridge. A third rail bridge was built this year. During the A10 reconstruction, the southern (right) motorway bridge will be replaced with 3 new bridges, and a 5th road bridge will be built on the north (left) side. All in all, there will be 8 bridges with 6 tracks and 14 lanes.


5. The schematic for the Schinkel Bridge.
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N355 Hurdegaryp

The new four-lane bypass of Hurdegaryp (N355) in Friesland province opens to traffic tomorrow. It's the last major stage of the 'Centrale As' project to improve connections and safety in northeastern Friesland. N355-N356 will become the main route from Leeuwarden to Dokkum.

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Old November 18th, 2016, 02:17 PM   #14010
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Old November 18th, 2016, 02:52 PM   #14011
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expressways in the Netherlands never have shoulders AFAIK. If they fullfill all motorway standards, they get the "A"- designation.
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Old November 18th, 2016, 07:45 PM   #14012
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ok , strange for me
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This is part of the "sustainable safety" paradigm that dominates road construction in Netherlands: design MUST align with intended speeds.

Hence random curves or S-chicanes on rural 60km/h roads, or the meticulous adherence to horizontal signaling where it is due, or lack thereof on most 30km/h "low-speed zones".
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Old November 18th, 2016, 08:12 PM   #14014
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Yes, some people call it 'system autism', that nothing may deviate from the prescribed norm. However there is a large 'gray zone' in road classification, such as roads that do not have the function or volume to warrant an 80 km/h main road, but are straight and wide with detached bike paths so a 60 km/h limit is baloney.
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Old November 18th, 2016, 08:33 PM   #14015
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Ring Groningen

A major road change came to Groningen. As the grade-separation of the ring road is progressing, exit numbering and new interchange names have been introduced.

The exit numbering starts at 1 at the east side of Groningen and proceeds counter-clockwise around the city, starting and ending at N7.

Two interchanges, considered focal points of the Ring Road, have been granted official 'knooppunt' status and are signed with a name, not a number as is common throughout the Dutch motorway system.

'knooppunt' status used to be reserved for interchanges between autosnelwegen only, but the definition has expanded to interchanges between all types of controlled-access highways.

The new official knooppunt names are Boterdiep and Reitdiep.

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Exit numbering is also applied to intersections with traffic lights, until they are grade-separated as well.
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Old November 18th, 2016, 09:59 PM   #14016
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Cool. My town is upgrading step by step
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Old November 18th, 2016, 10:00 PM   #14017
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A28 / N309 't Harde

The reconstruction of the A28 interchange at 't Harde has been completed yesterday. They expanded provincial road N309 through the interchange.

The modifications;
* replacement of both motorway viaducts (6 weeks per bridge)
* additional lanes at N309 under the viaduct
* moving the on/offramps to align straight at traffic signals (used to be 4 uncontrolled T-intersections).

The project was done in 22 weeks.

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Old November 21st, 2016, 09:38 AM   #14018
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Exit numbering is also applied to intersections with traffic lights, until they are grade-separated as well.
A mirrored arrow would have looked better on the Vinkhuizen sign.
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Old November 23rd, 2016, 12:33 PM   #14019
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traffic developments

The most recent data concerning the traffic jams.

1. Annual traffic jam weight (millions of kilometer-minutes).


2. The traveled kilometers on the main roads (rijkswegen) (billions of kilometers).


Some interesting things are to be observed here.

You frequently hear about how the recession has reduced traffic congestion. This would imply that traffic congestion was reduced due to less traffic. However, if you compare the two graphs, you'll see the traffic jam reduction was the greatest from 2010-2014 while at the same time, the amount of traveled kilometers grew quite strongly from ~62.5 billion km to ~66 billion km.

At the same time, stories about 'peak car' have been common for years. It has been suggested that high growth scenarios are unrealistic and thus there is less need for road capacity expansion. However, if you look at the vehicle-kilometers traveled graph, you'll see 2014-2016 had the strongest traffic growth in the 21st century so far.
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Old November 23rd, 2016, 12:54 PM   #14020
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Was the rapid traffic growth "new traffic" that didn't exist before or was it due to a modal shift from other means of traffic?
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