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Old January 7th, 2017, 11:59 AM   #14181
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Haha and the pic used for the story shows a car with Belgian plates
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Old January 7th, 2017, 06:53 PM   #14182
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Lava Storm

Meet the newest addition to Rijkswaterstaat's fleet of winter service vehicles, the Lava Storm.

This vehicle has three functions, a snow plow at the front, a rotating broom under the middle and a spraying system at the back that injects high temperature anti-freezing fluids.

Its main task is to eliminate sheets of compact ice and clear porous asphalt of ice, where the Dutch motorways are more prone to. 90% of the Dutch motorway system consists of porous asphalt.

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Old January 7th, 2017, 09:03 PM   #14183
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Old January 7th, 2017, 10:54 PM   #14184
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Meet the newest addition to Rijkswaterstaat's fleet of winter service vehicles, the Lava Storm.

This vehicle has three functions, a snow plow at the front, a rotating broom under the middle and a spraying system at the back that injects high temperature anti-freezing fluids.

Its main task is to eliminate sheets of compact ice and clear porous asphalt of ice, where the Dutch motorways are more prone to. 90% of the Dutch motorway system consists of porous asphalt.

http://i.imgur.com/mKjJ4ZT.jpg
Calcium Chloride mixt with water to create an exothermic reaction that can reach 70℃.

Here a video of an Fire Storm, same machine but with an lower capacity (note in Dutch / no subtitle).

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Old January 8th, 2017, 11:10 AM   #14185
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Its main task is to eliminate sheets of compact ice and clear porous asphalt of ice, where the Dutch motorways are more prone to. 90% of the Dutch motorway system consists of porous asphalt.
This was an item in the Belgium media yesterday. They had roughly the same conditions weatherwise but only 22 accidents. We had >400.
They blamed it on the porous asphalt.

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Old January 8th, 2017, 11:13 AM   #14186
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It's a trade-off. During these conditions porous asphalt is clearly a loser. It would be interesting to do a year-round comparison, especially taking into account situations of heavy rain.
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Old January 8th, 2017, 11:57 AM   #14187
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Unusual sign at the Velsen Tunnel (A22).


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Old January 8th, 2017, 10:59 PM   #14188
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Unusual sign at the Velsen Tunnel (A22).


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Whats going on there? 1 tube is opened and they open it in rushhour direction?
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Old January 9th, 2017, 03:24 PM   #14189
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Evidently it is for exceptional situations where traffic is directed through the other tube.

But they don't allow two directions of traffic in a single tube, so one side would have to use the Wijker Tunnel.
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Old January 9th, 2017, 09:32 PM   #14190
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Waalwijk

The new A59 - N261 interchange in Waalwijk. It used to be a partial cloverleaf, but was expanded to a free-flow interchange due to the N261 grade-separation.

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Old January 10th, 2017, 10:31 AM   #14191
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It's really amazing how this turned out!!
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Old January 10th, 2017, 07:35 PM   #14192
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N211, Den Haag

The draft zoning plan for the N211 expansion near The Hague has been published.

They will widen N211 from 2x2 to 2x3 lanes and build two grade-separated interchanges with Laan van Wateringse Veld and Veilingroute (N222). This is one of the busiest provincial roads in the Netherlands, with 70,000 - 80,000 vehicles per day.

N211 is part of the ring road of The Hague and is the most important access road to the Westland area from the north. The 'Den Haag-Zuid' interchange is one of the busiest motorway exits in the Netherlands. It will not be reconstructed as part of this project, but the N211 upgrade is a portion of a larger project to expand A4 and several access routes into The Hague.

In the past, a motorway numbered A54 was planned here. It was briefly reconsidered as an alternative to the A24 Blankenburg Tunnel further south.

N211 is also part of E30, the only E-route to run across a provincial road in the Netherlands. It runs from A4 to Hoek van Holland (where the ferry to Harwich starts). Most of N211 is a low-standard road with numerous intersections, roundabouts and driveway access. Much of the Westland roads are substandard for the traffic volumes they carry.



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Old January 10th, 2017, 09:40 PM   #14193
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praatpaal

Starting 1 July, the network of SOS phones along the Dutch national road network will be decommissioned and dismantled. These SOS phones were known as a 'praatpaal' (talk pole) and connected stranded motorists to the ANWB hotline. The ANWB hotline will still be operational, but cannot be accessed through the SOS phones anymore. The technology was rendered obsolete with cell phones and car communication systems.

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Old January 13th, 2017, 08:13 PM   #14194
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A28 Zeist

An April 2013 aerial photo of the noise barrier at Zeist.


Photo by: Rijkswaterstaat / Your Captain Luchtfotografie


This portion of A28 has a long history, it was one of the most important segments, but the last one to be opened to traffic due to noise concerns.

The alignment of A28 around Zeist was approved in 1963. At the same time, the municipality of Zeist also approved the construction of tower blocks in the same area, between 1965 and 1973. Construction of A28 started in 1969, around the same time as the tower blocks.

It would eventually take 15 years to open the motorway. When the motorway was being built, there were no laws concerning road or rail noise. Motorways were typically built without any noise barriers until the 1970s. The opening of the motorway was much delayed, the motorway was already nearly completed in the early 1970s, but the opening was postponed to comply with the new law on traffic noise, which was adopted in 1979.

A typical 5-6 meter tall noise barrier wasn't sufficient to comply with noise regulations, so they had to build an extensive noise barrier which is called a 'luifel' (awning). It was completed in 1985. A28 was then opened in a few phases in 1985-1986, 17 years after construction started.

A28 has been widened from four to six lanes in 2012. They added an additional noise barrier on top of the awning.


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Old January 13th, 2017, 08:17 PM   #14195
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Had they stopped construction altogether as in the A4 Delfland, or did they finish paving, markings and just kept the highway closed until they fixed the noise situation?
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This is the Vollenhoven Tunnel in 1971, on the other end of the noise barrier. So yes, they finished the motorway, but didn't open it until 15 years later.

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Old January 14th, 2017, 12:30 AM   #14197
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That noise barrier in Zeist is one of the most pointless things I've ever seen...
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Old January 14th, 2017, 11:33 AM   #14198
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car purchase tax

The car purchase tax (BPM) increased by € 50 million to € 1.5 billion in 2016, BNR reports. Although the car sales were lower than 2015, the average tax revenue went up by € 700 on each new car. The average BPM for a new car was € 3,928 in 2016.

BPM is a CO2 based tax, to be added to the net value of a new car. VAT also has to be paid on a new car. So a € 20,000 car with an average CO2 emission will cost some € 8000 in taxes.

The BPM revenue is expected to increase significantly in 2017. Except for battery electric vehicles, the company car tax rate will go up substantially, creating a more level playing field. This means that people will choose their next company car by heart instead of solely for financial reasons, which is expected to boost sales of larger cars. As company cars account for two-thirds of the new car sales, BPM revenue will go up accordingly.

BPM tax revenue over the years:

2002: € 2.894.000.000
2003: € 2.956.000.000
2004: € 3.039.000.000
2005: € 3.328.000.000
2006: € 3.422.000.000
2007: € 3.389.000.000
2008: € 3.541.000.000
2009: € 2.361.000.000
2010: € 1.923.000.000
2011: € 2.054.000.000
2012: € 1.831.000.000
2013: € 1.134.000.000
2014: € 1.122.000.000
2015: € 1.462.000.000
2016: € 1.505.000.000
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Old January 14th, 2017, 12:55 PM   #14199
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Now I can see why very few people buy new cars in NL... these taxes are absurd!
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Old January 14th, 2017, 01:37 PM   #14200
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VAT exists in every other EU country as well so it's not really fair to group it together with an additional car purchase tax.

An average €4,000 car tax probably equals to about 15-20% of the price of an average car? That's not too bad compared to Denmark, for example, where the car purchase tax is over 100%.
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