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Old July 23rd, 2017, 08:31 PM   #14761
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Old July 24th, 2017, 05:47 PM   #14762
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Buitenring Parkstad Limburg

Several sections of the regional expressway around Heerlen will open to traffic this year (indicated in green on the map below). Most notably a section from Brunssum to Landgraaf will open on 28 July.



edit: they will open the twinned N299 from Brunssum to Landgraaf with only a single lane in each direction for now.



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Old July 24th, 2017, 07:09 PM   #14763
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A79

On 31 July, the speed limit on the entire A79 from Heerlen to Maastricht will be reduced from 120 to 100 km/h.

The reason is the substandard design of the motorway. It was built with 1960s expressway design standards by the province of Limburg. After Rijkswaterstaat took over ownership in 1984, they added shoulders and upgraded it to motorway status.

However the motorway does not meet present-day design standards, especially in regard to cant and drainage. They plan to address that with a major overhaul in 2020 or 2021. Until that overhaul is completed, the speed limit will be set at 100 km/h.

A79 is not a heavily traveled motorway, with 30,000 - 40,000 vehicles per day and a fair low truck share. So the 100 km/h speed limit will be considered low when conditions are good. It's not yet known if it will be strictly enforced.
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Old July 26th, 2017, 05:53 PM   #14764
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Some brief news;

The A79 speed reduction has been criticized by local officials and the province of Limburg. They say the speed limit reduction from 120 to 100 km/h does not do the road justice, with the argument that the design deficiencies have existed for decades and the motorway does not have a higher crash rate than similar motorways. The major overhaul of A79 has been postponed several times. It appears to be an expensive project, much more demanding than just a simple overhaul. They have to redo its alignment (sloping and cant) and replace the 1970s asphalt.

Rijkswaterstaat announced that they will implement a tender recess during the summer vacation and Christmas. Tender procedures that fall into these recesses will be extended (21 days in the summer and 7 days during Christmas). They did this to get more and better quality bids. The construction sector is partially shut down during these periods.

A2 has been closed to all northbound traffic near Amsterdam since this morning and they expect the closure will last to past the morning rush hour tomorrow. The reason is a sinkhole under the motorway that occurred when a utility company was boring a pipeline under A2. They first have to stabilize the soil before they can repair the asphalt and reopen A2. Traffic impacts were relatively small due to the summer vacation. Traffic is detoured via A9.
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Old July 26th, 2017, 09:41 PM   #14765
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A2 lane closing sequence. There was one driver who managed to ignore all of this and drove through the construction zone

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Old July 27th, 2017, 08:05 PM   #14766
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Some photos of the A2 repairs at the Amstel motorway interchange (A2/A10), as of 7 p.m. this evening. They have to do a full-depth repair, first they remove the asphalt 30 cm deep and then they have to see if the foundation is also damaged by the incident. There is no ETA on reopening.



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Old July 27th, 2017, 11:24 PM   #14767
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A6/A7 Knooppunt Joure

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Old July 28th, 2017, 04:59 PM   #14768
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Rotterdamsebaan, The Hague

The Rotterdamsebaan south tunnel portal.

I find it interesting how you drive through a bridge or tunnel in a few seconds, not realizing how much work, time and money went into creating that link.


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Old July 29th, 2017, 07:14 PM   #14769
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A9 Amsterdam

A construction update of the A9 5-tube tunnel in Amsterdam:


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Old August 2nd, 2017, 11:30 AM   #14770
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A16 Rotterdam

The Council of State has rejected all appeals against the construction of the A16 extension in Rotterdam. In a lengthy verdict, all appeals were dismissed one after the other. The conclusion 'the argument fails' was noted 40 times.

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Old August 2nd, 2017, 02:38 PM   #14771
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The conclusion 'the argument fails' was noted 40 times.
Yes, it feels like it's becoming a meme because that happens at every verdict.
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Old August 3rd, 2017, 07:04 PM   #14772
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A58 Breda

Rijkswaterstaat has awarded the creation of the draft plan approval for the A58 expansion at Rijkswaterstaat to Witteveen+Bos, a major consultancy firm. They will create the draft plan approval, including the design and all environmental documentation for the project.

The plan is to expand A58 to six lanes between the St. Annabosch (A27) and Galder (A16) motorway interchanges. It is only a short section but is considered the highest priority of the A58 expansion between Eindhoven and Breda. This section carries both east-west and north-south traffic.

This portion of A58 was one of the last to be completed, it opened to traffic in 1989, relieving the old transit route through the city. Some 92,000 vehicles use this part of four lane A58 every day.

The timeline;
* draft plan approval: late 2018
* final plan approval: late 2019
* construction start: 2020
* completion: 2023*

* might be sooner. It is a straightforward project, they are usually very generous with construction schedules in the Netherlands, allowing for unforeseen delays with plan approval and/or construction without having to move up the completion deadline.

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Old August 4th, 2017, 12:03 AM   #14773
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Are there plans for the rest of the A58 towards Eindhoven.. It's always, and I mean always busy.
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Old August 6th, 2017, 12:58 PM   #14775
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Are there plans for the rest of the A58 towards Eindhoven.. It's always, and I mean always busy.
Yes, there are plans called 'Innnova58': https://www.innova58.nl/

So far these plans only include the A58 at Breda and Tilburg - Eindhoven. There do not seem to be plans for Breda - Tilburg. Ideally the entire corridor should be six-laned.

Though I believe the section at Breda (between A16 and A27) would better be eight-laned as current traffic volumes are already at 92,000 vehicles per day and the truck share is quite high.
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Old August 6th, 2017, 01:09 PM   #14776
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Irritatingly for the people of Brabant, parts of the solution are not in their province and they have little control over them.

What will help is when the Germans finally upgrade their part of the railway line that connects to the Betuweroute. More freight will go from Rotterdam to Germany by train.

But the trains and trucks from Antwerp represent the bulk of freight travel through Brabant, if I remember correctly, and getting rid of them would require either the reopening of the Iron Rhine or an Antwerpian connection to the Betuweroute (provided you'd be able to convince the Belgians that's a good idea).

It also probably wouldn't hurt for the ports of Vlissingen en Moerdijk to have better connections to the Betuweroute.

If you get all of that done, at least you'd be able to get rid of a significant number of trucks that, for Brabant, are only annoying without any benefits. Then it's just a matter of upgrading the roads to meet the requirements of local traffic.
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But the trains and trucks from Antwerp represent the bulk of freight travel through Brabant, if I remember correctly, and getting rid of them would require either the reopening of the Iron Rhine

What was the reason for the closure?
According to wiki it happend only in 1991
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What was the reason for the closure?
According to wiki it happend only in 1991
Its slow decline began during the first World War when Holland closed the route to safeguard its neutrality. Germany subsequently built the Montzenroute which to this day serves as an important freight corridor for the port of Antwerp.

After the war, Belgium preferred to use the Montzenroute because they could avoid having to cross the territory of a third country (Holland) with all the paperwork that entailed. As Belgium was still a centralized state at the time, it served an additional purpose of improving connections between Antwerp and Ličge (and further onward to Germany). Ličge's position on the banks of the Meuse made (and makes) it an important transport hub in its own right, especially Southwards towards Northeastern France.

The stronger link to Ličge essentially gave Antwerp a 2nd connection to France besides the Scheldt river which flows from Antwerp towards Lille and surroundings. The Meuse flows down to Verdun and (roughly) Nancy.

Meanwhile, in Holland, the railway connections between Eindhoven and Maastricht were upgraded and often rerouted so parts of the Iron Rhine were abandoned for passenger transport altogether.

So basically, the Belgians preferred to avoid it in the 1920s and '30s and stopped using it altogether in the '40s and '50s. There continued to be some cross-border freight traffic between Holland and Germany, but only sporadically.

In the 1980s, maintenance works on the tunnels of the Montzenroute meant a modest increase in traffic over the Iron Rhine. But when those works were completed in 1991, the Belgians quickly switched back to using the Montzenroute and the Dutch decided to close the Iron Rhine completely in 1992.

An interesting side note is that Holland and Germany tried to persuade the Belgians to use the Iron Rhine instead of the Montzenroute in 1954, even organizing a trilateral conference in Roermond. But the Belgians wouldn't hear of it. They feared an extra border check and possible duty fees.

In the last two decades or so, Belgium has decentralized and the Flemish have felt an urge for a 2nd link between Antwerp and Germany that avoids Walloon territory. So they requested to reopen the Iron Rhine. There are two problems with this idea: the Dutch part of the route is now a nature reserve area and the Iron Rhine Treaty on which the Belgians base their 'right of passage' over Dutch soil expired in 1972.
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Irritatingly for the people of Brabant, parts of the solution are not in their province and they have little control over them.

But the trains and trucks from Antwerp represent the bulk of freight travel through Brabant...

If you get all of that done, at least you'd be able to get rid of a significant number of trucks that, for Brabant, are only annoying without any benefits. Then it's just a matter of upgrading the roads to meet the requirements of local traffic.
Wait... the trucks from Antwerpen take the E34 to Eindhoven and beyond (A21 in Belgium, A67 in NL, A40 in Germany). Why to make a detour via Breda and Tilburg?
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Allegedly to avoid the truck toll in Belgium, but a recent Rijkswaterstaat study found no evidence of increased truck traffic that avoids Belgian E34 by taking Dutch A58.
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