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Old March 19th, 2017, 08:13 PM   #14461
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It's a heritage railway with limited services during the summer.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stoomtrein_Goes_-_Borsele
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Old March 20th, 2017, 03:06 AM   #14462
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@bogdymol That's the reason there is a 'kluifrotonde' and not 2 regular roundabouts. 2 regular roundabouts gridlock a lot easier than a kluifrotonde.

And that last scenario can be applied to any railway crossing ever.
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Old March 20th, 2017, 06:13 PM   #14463
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Just read some environmental organization has been successful in blocking / postponing the widening of the A27 because a family of badgers lives too close to the construction area... Great.
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Old March 20th, 2017, 06:17 PM   #14464
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Just read some environmental organization has been successful in blocking / postponing the widening of the A27 because a family of badgers lives too close to the construction area... Great.
I don't know where you read that, but scrap it as a source. A 'family' (only one confirmed sighting) of badgers was spotted somewhere near where the widening is planned. Nothing else is known at this point.
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Old March 20th, 2017, 07:00 PM   #14465
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Just read some environmental organization has been successful in blocking / postponing the widening of the A27 because a family of badgers lives too close to the construction area... Great.
Stop reading fake news. Here's a better article.

Key points:
1) Rijkswaterstaat prepared for this, they knew there were badgers in the area.
2) It might slow things down a little, but it probably won't.
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Old March 22nd, 2017, 05:42 PM   #14466
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Buitenring Parkstad Limburg

The 26 kilometer long regional expressway around Heerlen, known as the Buitenring Parkstad Limburg in Dutch, will likely be completed ahead of schedule.

They had to acquire over 1000 parcels of land, from over 300 landowners. They managed to acquire all but one parcel without having to employ eminent domain. This means the project can be completed earlier than expected, how much sooner is yet unclear, they will make up a new schedule before summer. The original completion was planned for 2021.

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Old March 25th, 2017, 12:25 AM   #14467
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A1 Muiderberg

Eastbound A1 is closed this weekend at the Muiderberg motorway interchange (A1/A6), just east of Amsterdam. It's one of many weekend closures to have the motorway expansion project completed even more ahead of schedule.

This weekend they are removing remnants of the old railway bridge over A1. They also build a new ramp from A6 to A1 east.

Eastbound traffic has to use a significant detour, the posted detour runs via the south side of Utrecht (A2+A12+A27), because it is policy to redirect traffic via alternate motorways, and not other roads because they lack sufficient capacity. The local road to Muiden is also closed to prevent the 100,000 vehicles per day of eastbound traffic from attempting to go through there, which obviously doesn't fit.

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Old March 25th, 2017, 02:53 PM   #14468
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They are using the A1 closure between Diemen and Muiderberg to resurface the motorway six lanes wide.

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Old March 25th, 2017, 08:10 PM   #14469
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The A1 closure leads to significant traffic congestion on A9 and N236. The official detour is all the way around Utrecht, which in particular for Amsterdam - Almere traffic is over an hour longer (which would otherwise just be 15 minutes or so).

So people are 'smart' and try the provincial road network - to no avail. N236 is completely jammed all day, which gridlocks the local road system around it. The traffic impact is fairly localized though, it's not like the whole regional road network is jammed.

A1 is planned to be closed until Monday morning 5 a.m. However last weekend they finished a day earlier than planned.

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Old March 25th, 2017, 09:21 PM   #14470
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Amsterdam metro area is an incredibly hard place to get to or away from using secondary roads. I did such attempts years ago, mostly for fun, the quality and capacity of secondary roads is lacking, they could never cope with a fraction of highway flows. The only passable secondary access is westward, because of the port. The secondary road to Utrecht is pretty bad.
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Old March 25th, 2017, 10:01 PM   #14471
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Most secondary roads (provincial and municipal roads) cannot carry much more than 15,000 vehicles per day, whereas most of the motorways to and from Amsterdam carry very high traffic volumes;

* A1 Amsterdam - Muiderberg: 140,000 - 190,000 vehicles per day
* A2 Amsterdam - Utrecht: 170,000 - 200,000 vehicles per day
* A4 Amsterdam - Burgerveen: 190,000 - 230,000 vehicles per day
* A8 Amsterdam - Zaandam: 130,000 vehicles per day

So you can see it makes sense to detour traffic via alternate motorways, not secondary roads since they will simply come to a complete gridlock (as is evidenced on N236, reportedly people left their cars and walked).

A4 was built in the 1930s, A1 and A2 were built in the 1950s, so there never was a high-standard road network from Amsterdam because the motorways were built at the onset of the mass motorisation. The Netherlands never developed a decent 'route national' or 'bundesstrasse' equivalent in the western part of the country. These routes between major cities were immediately built as motorways from the 1930s.

There were only 139,000 cars in the Netherlands in 1950 (A4 was open to traffic), it grew to 522,000 by 1960 (A1 and A2 were also open to traffic by that time) and it then escalated significantly to 2.4 million cars by 1970.
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Old March 25th, 2017, 10:59 PM   #14472
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Demolition works at the Muiderberg motorway interchange (A1/A6) today. They are tearing down one of the old viaducts.

Rijkswaterstaat noted that even on a less busy weekend, eastbound A1 still carries some 6,000 vehicles per hour, stressing the need to use alternate motorways, not provincial roads like N236 which normally carries that amount of traffic in a whole day.

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Old March 26th, 2017, 06:49 PM   #14473
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Two photos of A1 by Dutchroadmovies:


Nieuwe A1 by dutchroadmovies, on Flickr

The new Betlem Bridge, it is the A9 bypass (A1 to A9 across the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal).

Betlembrug by dutchroadmovies, on Flickr
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A6/A7 Knooppunt Joure

The new Joure motorway interchange (A6/A7) in Friesland province.


Het hele project op 1 foto by Fotosite Knooppunt Joure, on Flickr

This will be the new location of the interchange with direct connectors.

Ten westen van Joure komt een ongelijkvloerse kruising van en naar Sneek met fly-overs by Fotosite Knooppunt Joure, on Flickr

A new exit to Joure is being constructed near the current roundabout.

Dit jaar nog nemen we afscheid van het Knooppunt bij Joure wat in 1973 is geopend by Fotosite Knooppunt Joure, on Flickr
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A fire in the Schiphol Tunnel has damaged one of the service tubes, which means all safety equipment is not operational. The tunnel is closed, which causes significant traffic congestion in the region. It could be closed until after the evening rush tomorrow. The tunnel carries almost 180,000 vehicles per day.

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Poor N201

It is a good time to remember the importance of A5 as well.
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Buitenring Parkstad Limburg

A helicopter view of the entire 'Buitenring Parkstad Limburg', one of the largest provincial road projects in the Netherlands. The video follows the expressway clockwise on the map below.



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Will this affect somehow the survival of N281 as a controlled-access expressway?
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An interesting set of turbo roundabouts at the new A58 exit at Goes (Zeeland province).
New exit is going to look like this:



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N34 Exloo

A new interchange opened to traffic on Monday along N34 at Exloo. It is a diamond interchange that replaced an at-grade intersection. It is part of a programme to replace all remaining intersections with interchanges.

N34 is a two-lane, 100 km/h express road. It connects Emmen with Groningen. There are also plans to expand N34 south of Emmen to 2x2 lanes.

The construction of the new interchange lasted for 10 months.

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