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Old December 25th, 2016, 01:48 AM   #14141
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Edit: never mind, no point in arguing, let's just say I disagree.

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Old December 25th, 2016, 09:20 AM   #14142
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Even if it isn't, who are you to decide for the safety of someone else?
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Old December 27th, 2016, 09:58 PM   #14143
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A22 Velsen Tunnel

The original 1950s sign for the A22 Velsen Tunnel has been restored and will be put up again.

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Old December 27th, 2016, 11:28 PM   #14144
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I see the sign shows "VelseR Tunnel", and not "VelseN" (like Chris usually calls it). The -r/-er suffix in German (and certainly in Dutch, too) is analogue to the 's in English. But I noticed that in German sometimes tunnels are named that way (Brüttener Tunnel = Brütten's tunnel = tunnel under a village of that name), sometimes not (I read more often Tunnel Rastat than Rastatter Tunnel (Rastatt's tunnel)). I never understood why.

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4 meters.

The Velsen Tunnel has a clearance of only slightly more than that. A problem is that detection can go off for various reasons, such as an empty truck with a raised suspension, an uneven truck (slightly tilted trailer) or a tarp on the roof that dangles by the wind.

Most offenders are foreign truckers. The Tata Steel plant in IJmuiden is served by the Velsen Tunnel, so it handles truck loads from many places in Europe.
Somewhere I read there are exceptions for trucks carrying cars, at least in Italy, do you know more about that? (in Switzerland AFAIK there isn't such tolerance)
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Old December 27th, 2016, 11:34 PM   #14145
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Yep, it's named after the town of Velsen. The 's (Velsen's) is a bit unusual for a tunnel or bridge name in English. (it's Brooklyn Bridge, not Brooklyn's Bridge).

As for car transports, I don't know. I think they have to abide the same height restrictions as any other truck. I don't think they issue permits over overheight transports, unless it's some kind of escorted special convoy.

Most bridges and tunnels have a higher clearance than 4 m. 4.2 or 4.3 meters used to be common for tunnels, but they are nowadays designed with 4.7 meters, so they don't require any detection system.

The Roer Tunnel of A73 at Roermond was also notorious for its frequent closures. It was built with a very small margin so the tunnel closed numerous times per day due to the sensitive detection system. It was actually the reason why they don't build such low tunnels any more. They changed some contracts for tunnels already under construction at that time.
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Old December 28th, 2016, 01:02 AM   #14146
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The -er suffix would be translated to English by ommiting the suffix.

Velsertunnel [tunnel of velsen]= Velsen Tunnel
Velsentunnel [tunnel named velsen]= Velsen Tunnel
Velsens Tunnel = Velsen's Tunnel
Tunnel Velsen [a tunnel at velsen]= Velsen Tunnel

Leidseplein = Leiden Square, Haarlemmerplein = Haarlem Square, Brandenburger Tor = Brandenburg Gate
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Old December 28th, 2016, 02:17 PM   #14147
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A67 near Leenderheide (Eindhoven). First photo with my new Canon 5D Mark iii

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Old December 28th, 2016, 02:25 PM   #14148
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Old December 28th, 2016, 02:51 PM   #14149
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Nice one. You could photograph that blue lit viaduct near High Tech Campus. It looks nice at night.
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Old December 29th, 2016, 03:37 PM   #14150
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fuel taxes 2017

Fuel taxes (excise duty) go up in 2017 according to the consumer price index.

The tax increases are very small due to the low inflation. Prices will be indexed by a factor of 1.003

Excise duty in 2017:

Euro 95: € 0.77/l (+€ 0.00)
Diesel: € 0.49/l (+€ 0.01)
LPG: € 0.34/l (+€ 0.00)

Excise duty is also taxed with VAT (21%).
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Old December 29th, 2016, 07:54 PM   #14151
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A50 Tacitus Bridge

The renovated span of the Tacitus Bridge across the Waal River near Nijmegen is nearly completed, some minor works are left.


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Old December 29th, 2016, 10:58 PM   #14152
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First time I see those high guard rails.
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Old December 29th, 2016, 11:14 PM   #14153
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They are also installed on the span that opened in 2013.

But yes, they are rare. Unlike Germany, there isn't much interest to upgrade crash barriers. Although the Netherlands has long used double-sided crash barriers, which are better than most single-sided crash barriers you see all over Europe. But those higher crash barriers, which can keep a 40 ton truck from crashing over, are rarely installed, although it is recommended for bridges and flyovers where vehicles can potentially crash far down.

Every now and then a debate flares up about the crash barriers in the Netherlands, usually after those rare crossover accidents where a truck ends up on the other side of the motorway.

The debate is usually killed when an expert comments about how massive concrete earth-filled barriers manage to stop those few trucks crossing over, but also cause more injury with the far more common minor car crashes.
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Old December 30th, 2016, 03:11 AM   #14154
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The renovated span of the Tacitus Bridge across the Waal River near Nijmegen is nearly completed, some minor works are left.
It took much longer than anticipated but it was the first time ever (I believe) that such a type of renovation was done. It will be a huge improvement for the flow of traffic over the bridges in the A50.
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Old December 31st, 2016, 02:56 PM   #14155
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2016: year in review

Some highlights of the Dutch road network in 2016;

* 22 January: official start of the Joure motorway interchange (A6/A7) construction
* 4 February: official completion of the A15 expansion project in the Port of Rotterdam
* 15 April: the 9 month renovation of the Velser Tunnel (A22) starts
* 7 May: moving the 8400 ton railroad bridge over A1 at Muiderberg for the motorway expansion project
* 23 May: opening of three lanes on A12 between Ede and Arnhem
* 6 June: construction of the Gaasperdam Tunnel (A9) in Amsterdam starts
* 11 June: partial opening of rerouted A9 around Badhoevedorp
* 30 June: opening of four lanes of N62 between 's-Heerenhoek and Goes
* 22 August: expansion of N50 to a four lane expressway between Ens and Emmeloord is completed
* 22 August: rerouted A1 at Muiden opens, with a future layout of 12 lanes
* 5 September: construction starts on the new N18 between Groenlo and Enschede
* 7 October: opening of four lane N356 between Drachten and Dokkum
* 28 November: opening of twinned N279 between 's-Hertogenbosch and Veghel
* 15-16 December: full opening of the four tube, double-deck King Willem Alexander Tunnel (A2) in Maastricht
* 23 December: new four-lane roads N451 and N457 open around A12-A20 interchange at Gouda

Photo: construction on A1 at Muiderberg.


Photo: A9 Gaasperdam Tunnel construction in Amsterdam.
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Old January 1st, 2017, 09:46 PM   #14156
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Today de VID has posted its annual "file top 50 over 2016"



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Old January 1st, 2017, 10:02 PM   #14157
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A4 is really a disaster by design. This clearly shows that the 2+1 layout doesn't work.

Before the 2014 expansion (when it had just 2x2 lanes), the amount of 'kilometer minutes' was almost as much as this.

Also note how the top 4 is radically more congested than the rest of the the top 10 / top 20.

Though overall congestion levels are lower, compare to 2010: http://www.vid.nl/top50.2010.html Back then there were 22 spots with more than 100,000 km-minutes, in 2016 there were only 7.
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Old January 2nd, 2017, 08:58 PM   #14158
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Aquaduct Drachtsterweg, Leeuwarden

A late December photo of the under construction 'aquaduct' at the Drachtsterweg in the northern city of Leeuwarden.

The project is way behind schedule. They had problems with the soil conditions, apparently similar to the N302 project in North Holland: same soil problems - same contractor - same legal disputes.

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Old January 4th, 2017, 01:42 PM   #14159
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The Dordrecht police arrested a man for driving 170 km/h in a 50 zone. He was driving on the Laan der Verenigde Naties, which is a divided four lane road with frequent traffic lights. Police was unable to revoke his license, because his license was already revoked. He has to appear in court.

Usually they will also impound the car, but that wasn't mentioned in the press release. Maybe it was not his own car.

In such cases there is no fixed fine. The fine will be decided by a judge, based on his priors. Cases with speeding of more than 70 km/h over the limit are rare. In this case, it was 120 over the speed limit.
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Old January 4th, 2017, 02:38 PM   #14160
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Though that 50km/h there could (and should...) easily be 70km/h, 170km/h is utterly retarded.
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