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Old December 11th, 2016, 06:49 PM   #14081
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Why did the new span went so late? That is not common in Netherlands (at least in the recent past).
The new span was completed on time. It's the renovation of the old span that took 2 years longer than planned.

Some hope that northbound A50 could open with 4 lanes by Christmas. The current layout is six narrow lanes on the new span. The final layout is 4 southbound lanes on the new bridge and 2+2 northbound lanes on the old bridge (split lanes due to the pylons).
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Old December 11th, 2016, 06:52 PM   #14082
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N279 's-Hertogenbosch - Veghel

The widened N279 from 's-Hertogenbosch to Veghel was recently put into use with two southbound lanes. Reports indicate it opened on 27 or 28 November.

They orginally planned to do the final paving works in Spring 2017 but some mild weather allowed for the paving of the wearing course in late November. Northbound traffic is still on a single lane, final paving is planned for March 2017.

This also means that all interchanges on N279 are now in operation. N279 has been expanded from a two-lane road with traffic lights to a four lane expressway with interchanges. Although designed for 100 km/h (and its straight alignment could allow 120 km/h without a problem), it is posted at only 80 km/h to prevent it from being used by through traffic.

80 km/h on such a wide and straight road is ridiculously low.
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Old December 11th, 2016, 09:36 PM   #14083
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Amsterdam

There is an increasing amount of delivery vans in Amsterdam (and other cities of course) due to the high demand for parcel services. On average, 40,000 parcels are delivered to households in Amsterdam every day, which is forecasted to grow to 100,000 parcels a day. It is causing increased congestion, the market is growing very fast due to internet shopping. The next stage, deliveries of groceries, is a rapidly growing market.

As many streets in Amsterdam are narrow, delivery vans could block traffic easily on the canal streets.

A number of solutions have been proposed, but none have been widely implemented to a point they actually reduce delivery van traffic so far. Bike messengers can deliver small and lightweight parcels, but they typically cannot deliver furniture or home appliances. Other proposals include unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) and an underground network of pneumatic tubes like they had in the 19th century.
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Old December 12th, 2016, 12:05 AM   #14084
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We need distribution centers where packages are divided by street/area and then delivered by cargo bike, electric vehicles or electric flatboats. It works for Utrecht and 's-Hertogenbosch.
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Old December 12th, 2016, 01:16 AM   #14085
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That would be better for reduction the air pollution as well as traffic.
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Old December 12th, 2016, 03:38 PM   #14086
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N31, Harlingen

Some recent photos of the N31 project in the northern city of Harlingen. They are constructing a four lane expressway with a canal crossing (aquaduct).


Panorama van het werk vanuit de kraan by N31 Harlingen, on Flickr


Panorama van het werk vanuit de kraan richting Zurich by N31 Harlingen, on Flickr


Hier komt het Centrale aansluiting viaduct by N31 Harlingen, on Flickr


Aanbrengen betonnen werkvloer aan de zuidzijde van het kanaal by N31 Harlingen, on Flickr
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Old December 12th, 2016, 06:40 PM   #14087
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We need distribution centers where packages are divided by street/area and then delivered by cargo bike, electric vehicles or electric flatboats. It works for Utrecht and 's-Hertogenbosch.
This is used in Utrecht? I live in Utrecht but I've never come across this.. Any more info?
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Old December 13th, 2016, 10:33 PM   #14088
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Surprising figures from the European Transport Safety Council. They released the Road Safety Scorecard 2015.

While the Netherlands has one of the lowest fatality rates, the seriously injured rate is the worst in all of Europe.

Well, this could mean several things. A likely scenario is that the registration rate is much better than in other countries. The high number of bicycle injuries is likely also a factor. While cycling is safe relative to kilometers traveled, the high volume of cyclists also increases both the fatality and injury rate, which results in a high rate per 1 million people.

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Old December 14th, 2016, 10:25 AM   #14089
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It must be a better registration rate. Some countries don't seem to have any seriously injured and others not hospitalisation. That's unlikely.

Also the distinction between 'seriously injured' and 'hospitalised' may cause confusion.
When you have a MAIS3+ injury (which is the definition of 'serious injury') it seems very unlikely to me that you don't need to be hospitalised. For reference: A regular broken bone is 'just' MAIS2. Someone 'hospitalised' is therefore also likely to be 'seriously injured' as well, so have they accounted for that or can the same person be classified in both categories at once?
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Old December 14th, 2016, 10:44 AM   #14090
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Surprising figures from the European Transport Safety Council. They released the Road Safety Scorecard 2015.

While the Netherlands has one of the lowest fatality rates, the seriously injured rate is the worst in all of Europe.

Well, this could mean several things. A likely scenario is that the registration rate is much better than in other countries. The high number of bicycle injuries is likely also a factor. While cycling is safe relative to kilometers traveled, the high volume of cyclists also increases both the fatality and injury rate, which results in a high rate per 1 million people.

Must have something to do with registration and/or definition. Denmark and The Netherlands has a very similar share of cycling traffic and allmost identical number of fatalities. Denmark however has no seriously injured at all!!
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Old December 14th, 2016, 11:06 AM   #14091
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Maybe Danish ambulance drivers just roll your ailing body over into a ditch. Just a gentle push of a bumper to get you out of sight.

Then in their log it reads:
"10.08 AM - Responded to call of injured cyclist. Arrived on scene, nothing found."
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Old December 14th, 2016, 11:21 AM   #14092
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You can see the figures have a very wide spread. For example Greece and Lithuania have one of the highest fatality rates, but a very low injury rate. That doesn't add up (literally )
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Old December 14th, 2016, 11:50 AM   #14093
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I think this depends on different definitions in different countries. Maybe in Greece and Lithuania (and a bunch of other contries, apparently) the injury figures are not recorded...
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Old December 14th, 2016, 12:14 PM   #14094
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A2 Maastricht

The municipality of Maastricht has released the opening permit of the King Willem-Alexander Tunnel (A2) in Maastricht.

It is planned to open all four tubes during the night of 15 to 16 December. They will start the operation to remove the barriers, road markings, traffic systems, etc. on Thursday after the evening rush hour. It is expected to open the first tube between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. This is the lower A2 tube for southbound traffic to Liège. Early morning the lower A2 tube for northbound traffic to Eindhoven will open.

Around the same time, the upper N2 tube for northbound traffic will open. During Friday morning, the upper N2 tube for southbound traffic opens, completing the procedure.

Then, 57 years after the at-grade N2 opened to traffic through Maastricht, all traffic will be moved underground.

The old N2 will then be demolished. The whole area will be redeveloped, which will take many more years to be completed. There will only be a street for local access once the N2 is removed.

The project has been completed on time and on budget.
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Old December 14th, 2016, 12:26 PM   #14095
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The usefulness of that kind of statistics is close to zero, if data are collected with different criteria and are thus uncomparable.
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Old December 14th, 2016, 04:29 PM   #14096
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A12-A27 Utrecht

Very good news, the final plans of the A12 / A27 upgrade in Utrecht have been approved today. Transportation minister Schultz signed the final environmental impact assessment, it will be published on 19 January.

This is currently the most controversial motorway project, the city of Utrecht is a hotspot for the GreenLeft party which heavily opposes the project. They attempted to persuade the governing Labour Party to postpone the final EIA until after the elections, however the coalition agreement stipulated to proceed the project.

The plan is to separate the traffic flow between the Lunetten and Rijnsweerd motorway interchanges. Normally that would require a large basket weave, which would significantly impact the Amelisweerd forest. They came up with an alternate design where traffic flows are unweaved within the interchanges, so there is only a parallel system through the Amelisweerd area. There will be 14 lanes at this point.

A12 will be expanded from 10 to 12 lanes as well, by adding a third collector lane. A27 will also be expanded north and south of the Lunetten-Rijnsweerd section. The provincial road N230 along the north side of Utrecht will be upgraded to an 80 km/h expressway with grade-separation. The whole project has a budget of € 1.1 billion.

There is a daily gridlock at the Rijnsweerd motorway interchange, which is overwhelmed with traffic, in particular during the evening rush hour. It is the last section of motorways around the city of Utrecht to be upgraded. Northbound A27 has already been expanded from 4 to 6 lanes as an interim measure.

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Old December 15th, 2016, 05:52 PM   #14097
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A2 Maastricht

The old N2 in Maastricht, showing 'De Geusselt' roundabout. It was replaced by traffic lights in the 1980s and starting tonight, will be the northern tunnelportal of the King Willem-Alexander Tunnel.

The photo was probably taken shortly after completion of N2 through Maastricht, which happened in 1959.

Circa 1959, looking south.


June 2016, also looking south.
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Old December 16th, 2016, 07:32 AM   #14098
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A2 Tunnel Maastricht

The A2 tunnel is open for traffic

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Old December 16th, 2016, 04:21 PM   #14099
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N62, Zeeland

Some more good news, the States-Provincial (assembly) of Zeeland province have approved the 'direct connector' design of the N62-N254 interchange after all.



It is located near the village of 's-Heerenhoek. It will replace a traffic light intersection. The project was originally part of the N62 upgrade from the Westerschelde Tunnel to Goes, but was running significantly over budget due to design errors.

In June 2015, they decided to go ahead with the N62 twinning, but to postpone the N62-N254 interchange. The responsible deputy had to resign his post due to the problems.

The States-Provincial remained a proponent of the grade-separated interchange. The budget is € 20.1 million, and the interchange is expected to be completed by late 2018.
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Old December 16th, 2016, 05:31 PM   #14100
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That's great news because that interchange was a serious flaw in the Goes-to-Ghent corridor.

Does that also mean the N254 will become 2x2 for the whole stretch between this intersection and the A58 near Middelburg? Right now it still goes from 2x2 to 1x1 at roughly the halfway point between Middelburg and the aforementioned intersection.
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