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Old March 6th, 2017, 10:22 PM   #14421
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A4 south of Hoofddorp in 1978.

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Old March 7th, 2017, 01:05 AM   #14422
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Was that the widest freeway segment in Netherlands at the time?
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Either that photo was taken on a Sunday afternoon, or they planned for future congestion when they built that motorway.
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Old March 7th, 2017, 02:58 PM   #14424
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A9 Amstelveen

Minister of transportation Melanie Schultz has signed the final plan approval for the A9 expansion in Amstelveen today.

The plan is to expand A9 to 2x4 lanes, and build a trench near the old town of Amstelveen, including a small 'lid' across the motorway. The original plan was to build a longer tunnel, but the municipality of Amstelveen could not come up with their share of funding.

It is considered a part of the Schiphol - Amsterdam - Almere megaproject. A problem is that its construction is scheduled simultaneously with the nearby A10 tunnel project.

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Old March 7th, 2017, 04:45 PM   #14425
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Minister of transportation Melanie Schultz has signed the final plan approval for the A9 expansion in Amstelveen today.

The plan is to expand A9 to 2x4 lanes, and build a trench near the old town of Amstelveen, including a small 'lid' across the motorway. The original plan was to build a longer tunnel, but the municipality of Amstelveen could not come up with their share of funding.

It is considered a part of the Schiphol - Amsterdam - Almere megaproject. A problem is that its construction is scheduled simultaneously with the nearby A10 tunnel project.

Are municipalities responsible for funding motorway constructions in NL?
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Old March 7th, 2017, 04:53 PM   #14426
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Are municipalities responsible for funding motorway constructions in NL?
In principle, no. However, if they want certain enhancements (such as tunneling instead of trenching in this case), they now must pay a part of it. This also applies to certain rail projects as well.

The goal of this policy is to put some of municipalities finances at stake when they lobby for expensive "add-ons" on infrastructure projects, and preventing things like "a road tunnel near and under any built-up place, anywhere" becoming a de-facto standard to be financed by the central government on all projects.
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Old March 7th, 2017, 04:57 PM   #14427
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It also prevents the national taxpayer to fund things that aren't legally necessary to build or modify infrastructure. For example if a noise barrier is sufficient, but the municipality wants a tunnel, they would have to pay some extent of the additional cost. Usually not everything, but a substantial part. I believe it was some € 100 million in the case of Amstelveen, which is a huge amount of money for a municipality, that was supposed to be funded by real estate development, but didn't materialize.
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Old March 8th, 2017, 12:09 AM   #14428
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A4 south of Hoofddorp in 1978.

A4 - left lane hogging since 1978
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Old March 8th, 2017, 12:39 AM   #14429
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I was wondering who the heck could read the name on top of the canopy - then I remembered what's just next to Hoofddorp...
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Old March 8th, 2017, 12:10 PM   #14430
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A court in Utrecht has rejected the appeals by two municipalities along A2 to raise the speed limit from 100 to 130 km/h (19-6 h). The court says there is no legal reason to lower the speed limit and that the negative effects of the higher speed limit are minimal and remains within the limits.

The concentration of NO2 (nitrogen dioxide) along the motorway is two-thirds within the so-called 'not notable increase' of 1.2 µg/m³, and one third above that, but within limits. The concentration of PM10 (particles) along the motorway increases by 0.2 µg/m³ at the greatest, and is within the limits set by law.

The noise levels also increase slightly, between 0.0 and 0.7 dB, and remains well within the limits.
The parties involved took it up to the Council of State, the highest court in the Netherlands. All appeals were dismissed again.

'the argument fails' was noted 23 times in the verdict.
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A15 Ressen - Zevenaar

The minister of transportation Melanie Schultz has signed the final plan approval for the extension of A15 east of Nijmegen / Arnhem today.

The plan is to extend A15 from its current terminus at Ressen/Bemmel across the Rhine River to A12 near Zevenaar. In addition, A12 will be expanded to six lanes between Duiven and the Oud-Dijk interchange (A18). There will be a new bridge across the Rhine River.

It is a four lane motorway that will feature open road tolling. The tolls are set at € 1.18 for a passenger car (2013 prices). It will be tolled until € 300 million is paid by users, when tolls will be scrapped, likely after a period of 25 years. This is similar to many toll schemes in Norway.

Construction will likely start in 2019.

This plan approval is the final plan approval signed by Melanie Schultz, the elections are in one week and she is not available for a third term as minister of Infrastructure & Environment. She served as minister from 2010 to 2017 and has signed over 35 plan approvals of major motorway projects, the most of any minister in recent decades.

Over the past year or so, plan approvals have been signed for major multi-billion projects like A12/A27 at Utrecht, A16 Rotterdam and A24 Rotterdam. There are currently no other projects in an advanced stage of procedures, so there likely won't be any new plan approvals until 2019 or so, also depending on the outcome of the March 15 elections.

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Old March 8th, 2017, 06:10 PM   #14432
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[NL] The Netherlands | road infrastructure • autosnelwegen

New highway to be built to connect A15 to A12, to connect the A15 (southern side of port of Rotterdam) to Germany (close the last gap and make an intersection just before the Dutch-German border). It should be ready by 2023. More info in Dutch language: https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/actueel...land-verbinden
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Old March 9th, 2017, 02:56 PM   #14433
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A6/A7 Knooppunt Joure

Aerial photography of the new Joure motorway interchange.


Een mooi overzicht van het oude en nieuwe tracé by Fotosite Knooppunt Joure, on Flickr


Ten westen van Joure komt een ongelijkvloerse kruising van en naar Sneek, met fly-overs by Fotosite Knooppunt Joure, on Flickr
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Old March 10th, 2017, 08:29 PM   #14434
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Unusual sign on N764 in Kampen.


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Old March 10th, 2017, 08:51 PM   #14435
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N764 Molenbrug, Kampen

I took a bike trip to the city of Kampen today, a 40 kilometer trip on both banks of the IJssel River. I took some photos of the Molenbrug or Mill Bridge, it's part of provincial road N764 and is the southernmost of three IJssel River crossings at Kampen.

It is a concrete cable-stayed bridge with a 194 meter main span, so it's a fairly small cable-stayed bridge. It opened to traffic in 1983 to relieve the old bridge at the city center. It then became part of N50 until 2003, when the Eilandbrug or Island Bridge north of Kampen opened to traffic. It carries mostly local traffic since, in particular traffic bound for the adjacent town of IJsselmuiden.

East bank of the IJssel River.

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The span was really bouncing up and down when trucks passed. It didn't feel so comfortable, but you don't notice it unless you're standing on it. You don't notice it when driving across (even on a bicycle).

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West bank of the IJssel River.

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A1 Diemen

Overnight paving on A1 seems to have been delayed, there is currently only single lane traffic (on a motorway where 4 lanes in each direction is not a luxury). They plan to open a second lane by 1 p.m.



These paving works are to connect westbound A1 with westbound A9, which will open Monday morning.

There are three major workzones on A1 and A9 this weekend;

* At the Muiderberg interchange (A1/A6), westbound traffic will shift 180 meters to the north on a new alignment.
* At the Diemen interchange (A1/A9), A9-bound traffic will shift to the new Betlem Bridge.
* On A9 through Amsterdam-Zuidoost (southeast), the carriageway through the tunnel workzone will be taken out of traffic, as a compensation, the other carriageway has been expanded past weekend and this weekend.
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N323 Prince Willem-Alexander Bridge

Some nice photos of the Prince Willem-Alexander Bridge across the Waal River near Tiel.

It is a concrete cable-stayed bridge with a 270 meter main span, one of the longest in the Netherlands. It is the only major bridge of this type in the Netherlands. It was built in 1974 and was initially a toll road. Due to the toll charge and competition from the A50 bridge from 1976, the traffic volumes were initially very low, with 2,500 vehicles on 2x2 lanes. The toll collection ended in 1996, traffic volumes have grown significantly over the years, presently almost 25,000 vehicles per day use the bridge.


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Old March 12th, 2017, 09:54 PM   #14438
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Still no chance that this will one day be a Oss-Tiel-A30 (Barneveld) motorway? Wasnn't that the reason for this bridge to be build on this scale. The short autoweg section goes from no place to no place.
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A1 Diemen

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Old March 13th, 2017, 01:09 AM   #14440
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hooray for triple-lane exits

I was so sad when they re-striped the 401 W / 427 S in Toronto to only two...
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