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Old March 30th, 2017, 03:44 PM   #14481
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N31 Harlingen

They are going to ship the tunnel segment of the new aquaduct of N31 in Harlingen into position tomorrow.

The tunnel segment was built in a temporary dock that will function as the approach to the aquaduct. The tunnel segment will then be floated into the canal. It is one of two common methods to construct an aquaduct (the other uses cofferdams with three phases)



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Old March 30th, 2017, 06:59 PM   #14482
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We had elections two weeks ago, today was the vote to declare certain things 'controversial', which means the current caretaker government cannot take further decisions on them until the next government is installed.

Several road projects were up to a vote;

* A20 Nieuwerkerk - Gouda widening
* A67/A73 Zaarderheiken interchange upgrade
* A27/A59 Hooipolder interchange upgrade
* A27 Houten - Hooipolder expansion

None of these were declared controversial, which means the current caretaker government can continue them. This is a change from 2012, after the Rutte-I cabinet collapsed a number of important projects and policies were declared controversial, which delayed them.
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Old March 31st, 2017, 12:22 PM   #14483
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Especially in the 2nd and 3rd there is not any reason to declare them controversial, not even if the transport minister turns out to be from GroenLinks

This because these projects seem to be most about safety, somewhat about capacity and not about prestige.
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Old March 31st, 2017, 01:29 PM   #14484
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I wouldn't count on that if your GroenLinks is anything like our Bündnis '90/Die Grünen. They have opposed rail and subway projects in Germany because they would create too much space on the roads for cars...
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Old March 31st, 2017, 10:31 PM   #14485
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A1 Diemen - Muiderberg

Some photos of A1 east of Amsterdam during last weekend's closure.

1. After the Diemen motorway interchange, six lanes merge into five through lanes. There is also a collector lane on the right, which is used by trucks (so they don't have to move 4 lanes over). Also, there is a two-lane reversible facility on the left. So there are 7 through lanes during rush hour.


2. bridge demolition.


3. Resurfacing six lanes wide. In the final configuration, the destinations will be swapped (three left lanes to A6, three right lanes to A1), creating an even split of lanes.



A1 is closed again this weekend, for eastbound traffic between the Muiderberg interchange (A6) and Naarden-West. This means that unlike last weekend, Amsterdam - Almere traffic will remain possible. Through traffic is detoured via A6-A27, much shorter than last weekend's Utrecht detour.

During the weekend closure, they will build the new ramp from A6 south to A1 east (Almere to Amersfoort). This is one of the less important movements within the interchange. They are also doing some works at the Naarden-West interchange, the Naarden-West interchange will remained closed until 7 April, whereas the A1 mainline will reopen Monday morning at 5 am.

Several more ramp and connector closures are planned in April. Another major mainline closure will be 28/4 - 1/5 (A1 Diemen - Muiderberg again). They planned a large number of closures to get the works completed before summer (it was planned for late 2017 originally, the contractual deadline is even 2020).
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Old April 2nd, 2017, 03:31 PM   #14486
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Terrible signage at the Heerlen regional ring road (Buitenring Parkstad Limburg):



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Old April 2nd, 2017, 08:17 PM   #14487
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Its pretty new as I can see. Still a bit weird.
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Old April 3rd, 2017, 11:34 AM   #14488
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I wouldn't count on that if your GroenLinks is anything like our Bündnis '90/Die Grünen. They have opposed rail and subway projects in Germany because they would create too much space on the roads for cars...
They're not, Holland is a very capitalist country. For example: our health care system is based on private insurance companies (rather than a state system you find elsewhere in Western Europe) and even the Greens don't want to reform it.

On cars, they've been criticized for their plans to make diesel and petrol cars almost prohibitively expensive. But they are huge supporters of electric cars. In their vision of the future: our motorway network will remain as dense as it is, except it will be populated by self-driving e-cars.

In some other countries, the Greens often oppose the car because it's A) polluting and B) a symbol of wealth which is frowned upon. In the Dutch Green party, notion B is almost completely absent.

(I'm basing all of this on the 2 years I spent working for the Green party some 10 years ago btw).
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Old April 3rd, 2017, 05:14 PM   #14489
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A6 Almere

Construction started today on the A6 expansion through Almere, from Almere-Havendreef to Almere Buiten-Oost. The first phase is a refurbishment of the existing motorway, they will resurface the motorway and apply new road markings, that way they don't have to do repairs on the motorway during the actual expansion project, when there's less space.

Also in the first phase is the construction of a temporary third lane between Almere-Havendreef and Almere Stad, there is presently a 4 > 2 lane bottleneck. The new lane will be completed on 1 May.

The overall expansion will widen A6 through Almere from 2x2 to 4x2 lanes, with a local/express configuration. It is planned to be completed by 2022, but if the other SAA expansion projects are an indication, it could be completed earlier, perhaps even by 2020.

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Old April 3rd, 2017, 09:09 PM   #14490
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Knooppunt Muiderberg

Some photos of the Muiderberg motorway interchange (A1/A6) which is currently undergoing significant reconstruction as part of the SAA € 5 billion expansion project.

1. The reversible lanes on A1 are closed, but there is expanded capacity on the main lanes compared to before. In the future there will be 2 reversible lanes, so that there are 7 lanes in the peak direction. Also, the six lanes on the right will be flipped in the future (left lanes going to A6, right lanes to A1).

Untitled by Wegenrein, on Flickr

2. A1 towards Amsterdam. They will probably resurface this before the project is completed. The 380 kV power line had to be moved for this project.

Untitled by Wegenrein, on Flickr

3. The Naarden-West exit is still closed until the end of the week. Notice the distance sign is integrated with the overhead sign, they do this when there is insufficient space to install separate distance signs on the side of the road. I think the Netherlands is one of the very few countries that do this.

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Old April 5th, 2017, 12:15 PM   #14491
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A9 Badhoevedorp

Next Monday morning, 10 April at 5 a.m., westbound A9 around Badhoevedorp opens to traffic. Minister of transportation Melanie Schultz will attend an opening ceremony at 13:45 a.m. This means the new A9 is then open to traffic in both directions.

The old A9 through the town of Badhoevedorp will be decommissioned and demolished. The most complex part of the project was not the new motorway itself, but the reconstruction of the Badhoevedorp cloverleaf, which was the first cloverleaf interchange in the Netherlands when it was first built in the 1960s.

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Old April 5th, 2017, 12:39 PM   #14492
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It started 3.5 years ago. (27 November 2013)
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A1 Ecoduct Maanschoten

A render of the Ecoduct Maanschoten across A1 west of Apeldoorn. It will also cross under the parallel railroad. The ecoduct is located at the former 'Jool-Hul' parking area.

They will install 104 beams across A1 during three night closures during the Easter weekend.

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Traffic volumes

The busiest segment of motorway in the Netherlands saw a significant traffic growth in 2016.

A4 at The Hague, between the Prins Clausplein (A12) and Ypenburg (A13) interchanges recorded an annual average daily workday traffic of 263,800. It is the first time a segment of motorway in the Netherlands carries over a quarter million vehicles per day. It is also one of the busiest motorways in Europe.

I will make a more comprehensive list of busiest motorways in a few days, it takes a while to process all the carriageway volumes into an overview. There are almost one thousand segments with traffic volume data. The raw data is provided for each carriageway, so it takes some adding up to make a full list.
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Old April 5th, 2017, 07:31 PM   #14496
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A little list of annual average daily workday traffic of recently (last 5 years) newly built sections of highway (autosnelweg).

A4 exit Dinteloord - exit Steenbergen: 29.500
A4 exit Steenbergen - exit Tholen: 39.000
A4 Kethelplein interchange (A20) - exit Delft: 72.000 (The famous Midden-Delfland section)
A5 Coenplein interchange (A10) - exit Amsterdam-Westpoort: 50.000 (Viaduct Basisweg)
A5 exit Amsterdam-Westpoort - exit IJmuiden: 52.000
A5 exit IJmuiden - Raasdorp interchange (A5) : 54.000
A74 Tiglia interchange (A73) - German border: 29.500
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What about A7 through Sneek?
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Old April 5th, 2017, 07:57 PM   #14498
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That's N7, not A7.

But that carries 26k - 32k as an annual workday average

Here's the link to the interactive map: http://onlineverkeersdata.nl/INWEVAi...r%5B%5D=VTGWR#
You do have to manually add both directions.

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Old April 6th, 2017, 10:48 PM   #14499
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busiest motorways in the Netherlands

The busiest motorway segments in the Netherlands (excluding adjacent segments):

* A4 Prins Clausplein - Ypenburg (The Hague): 263,800
* A15/A16 Ridderkerk-Noord - Ridderkerk-Zuid (Rotterdam): 243,000
* A4 De Hoek - Hoofddorp: 233,700
* A12 Utrecht-Kanaleneiland - Utrecht-Hoograven: 230,400
* A2 Utrecht-Centrum - Oudenrijn: 227,700
* A10 De Nieuwe Meer - Amsterdam-S108: 227,500
* A16 Rotterdam-Centrum - Rotterdam-Feijenoord: 226,600
* A2 Holendrecht - Abcoude: 201,700
* A27 Lunetten - Rijnsweerd (Utrecht): 198,700

There has been strong traffic growth across the board, but in particular the A2 and A12 corridors seen significant growth (5,000 - 10,000 vehicles) compared to 2014.

Thanks to keokiracer for updating most of the traffic count data.
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Old April 7th, 2017, 12:18 AM   #14500
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No problem, it was a lot of data to plough through though

In general there was pretty much consistent traffic growth across the country, except for A13 (because new A4 Midden-Delfland ) where traffic volumes plummeted by roughly 30.000, also A16 near Rotterdam saw stagnation and slight drops due to a lot of through traffic now using A4-A15 instead of A13-A20-A16 to bypass Rotterdam (A4 and A15 around Rotterdam saw increases of 25.000-40.000). Lastly A17 saw traffic volumes drop up to 10.000 due to a shift of traffic to the new A4 near my hometown. This effect was also visible on A29 with a consistent +15.000 on its full length.
Other than that it was mostly 1-2% yearly increase with A2 and A12 as notable exceptions as you mentioned. Another one that I did not see coming was A73 near Venlo, with traffic increases of >10% now peaking at just over 90.000 vehicles per workday.
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