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Old August 6th, 2017, 11:07 PM   #14781
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Rotterdamsebaan, The Hague

The Rotterdamsebaan is being constructed in The Hague as a new four lane road into the city, via a tunnel. It connects to A13 at the Ypenburg motorway interchange.

This weekend they slid a new bridge that will carry A4 to A13 traffic over the future Rotterdamsebaan.


50 meter verder verplaatsen van dek by Rotterdamsebaan, on Flickr


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Aanbrengen belijning verbindingsboog A4/A13 by Rotterdamsebaan, on Flickr
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Old August 7th, 2017, 12:00 PM   #14782
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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.
That was news to me, thanks for clearing that up!
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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.
Having read myself up a bit lately on Dutch history, I thought this was interesting. Apperantly, though, there was a ruling in 2002 of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in Den Haag that the Belgians still have the right to have this transit route. However, the financing required (and what country should pay what) seems like a more complicated matter.
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Old August 7th, 2017, 04:22 PM   #14784
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That was news to me, thanks for clearing that up!
You can find the report here: https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/ministe...andse-wegennet

The A4 border crossing has seen strong growth of truck traffic. However this is due to the completion of A4 around Steenbergen. Growth already took off before the Belgian truck toll was introduced.
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Old August 7th, 2017, 04:47 PM   #14785
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M.C. Escherakwadukt, Leeuwarden

The first carriageway of the new M.C. Escherakwadukt, or Aquaduct M.C. Escher, opened to traffic this morning in Leeuwarden. It is a canal underpass at the Drachtsterweg, a major access route into the city which being four-laned.



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Old August 8th, 2017, 03:48 AM   #14786
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I'm waiting for the M.C. Escher Knooppunt
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Old August 8th, 2017, 08:34 PM   #14787
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tunnel fire safety

A report came out today about the fire resistance of concrete in tunnels. It turns out that four tunnels built since 2008 do not conform to the fire resistance standards.

These are;

* King Willem-Alexander Tunnel (A2) in Maastricht
* Kethel Tunnel (A4) in Rotterdam
* 2nd Coen Tunnel (A10) in Amsterdam
* Salland-Twente Tunnel (N35) in Nijverdal

After several tunnel fires in the Alps in the late 1990s the tunnel safety regulations were upgraded in an EU directive. The Netherlands implemented this directive in 2006, and applied it to every tunnel over 250 m (the EU directive only included tunnels over 500 m that are part of TEN-T routes).

Testing found out that extremely intense fires (200 MW) degrade the fire resistance of concrete in tunnels too fast. The standard is 60 minutes of fire resistance, but concrete used since 2008 only held out 22 minutes. While this sounds serious, it should be noted that no such fire has ever taken place in a Dutch tunnel and such a fire is 4 times more intense than the two most notable tunnel fires in the Netherlands in 1978 and 2014 (where no fatalities occurred). The test scenario is also more intense than the 1999 Mont Blanc Tunnel fire. So it's an extremely unlikely scenario, but could theoretically happen.

Some operational procedures concerning tunnel safety were updated. The tunnels will not be closed to traffic and the tunnels will not be reconstructed. It is likely that some pre-2008 tunnels do not conform to the new standards either.
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M.C. Escherakwadukt, Leeuwarden

The M.C. Escher Aquaduct in Leeuwarden, one-way traffic into the city. The other direction will open by the end of the month. Then cyclists will also be allowed to cross through.

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Old August 11th, 2017, 10:14 PM   #14789
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While this sounds serious, it should be noted that no such fire has ever taken place in a Dutch tunnel and such a fire is 4 times more intense than the two most notable tunnel fires in the Netherlands in 1978 and 2014 (where no fatalities occurred). The test scenario is also more intense than the 1999 Mont Blanc Tunnel fire. So it's an extremely unlikely scenario, but could theoretically happen.
Well, in case a fire goes so much out of control, they can always flood the tunnel...
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M.C. Escherakwadukt, Leeuwarden

The outbound lanes of the M.C. Escher Aquaduct in Leeuwarden opened to traffic today around 6 p.m. which is 12 hours ahead of schedule.

Both directions are now in service. Cyclists will follow late august. Then the old bridge will be torn down. The entire project is planned to be completed by the end of the year.







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Old August 14th, 2017, 01:11 AM   #14791
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"Akwadukt".

Chris, do you have any info on the Maastricht-bridge replacement? What I can find it looks cool, but can you explain/show the bigger scope?
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Chris, do you have any info on the Maastricht-bridge replacement? What I can find it looks cool, but can you explain/show the bigger scope?
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A major project in the city of Maastricht besides the A2 tunnel is the reconstruction of the road infrastructure in the northwestern quadrant of the city. The Northern Bridge (Dutch: Noorderbrug), built in 1984, will remain at the current location, but the approach on the west side will be moved north. The bridge corridor will also be widened to six lanes. They will also build a new road towards Lanaken (Belgium).

The goal is to relieve two streets which form a part of the city ring road (Statensingel & Hertogsingel). The project cost is € 168 million, the works last from 2015 to 2017.



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Heerlen inner ring road

The city of Heerlen is part of a conurbation of cities and towns in Southern Limburg.

The regional road network lacks a decent hierarchy, with high traffic volumes on residential streets due to the lack of high-standard roads. This is the reason why the regional ring expressway is being constructed.

The inner ring road of Heerlen is now numbered as S100. S-routes are stadsroutes or City Routes. Several large cities in the Netherlands have them (Amsterdam, Almere, The Hague, Rotterdam) to make navigation easier. It also makes it easier to identify major routes in urban areas. Since the Netherlands does not have a lot of four lane urban arterials in cities, these S-routes make it easier to identify important routes even if they don't look like one.



The red line shows the actual S100. The other S-numbers is conjecture by a member of the Dutch Wegenforum. The blue line shows the under construction ring expressway.

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Old August 14th, 2017, 04:50 PM   #14794
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Since Netherlands sits below sea level, what is the thickness of dutch roads/motorway from the subbase, roadbase and binder and wearing surface. What is the duration before replacing them
How the dutch ensure the roads doesn't settle down or bumpy and stay flat
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Much of Western Netherlands needs to build their roads on embankments which need to settle before the road itself can be constructed. If a natural settling is used, it may take up to two years for the embankment to settle. However there are techniques to speed up that process to a few months, but it is more expensive.

Some roads have extensive piling which carries them across the soupy soil.
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I have never quite understood the S-system in NL. In Amsterdam all exits are marked with an S-number but I didn't know they actually indicate a main road leading into the city. It is totally unclear where the S-road begins and ends and therefor not quite useful to follow.

https://www.iamsterdam.com/en/plan-y...l-car/s-routes
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I have never quite understood the S-system in NL. In Amsterdam all exits are marked with an S-number but I didn't know they actually indicate a main road leading into the city. It is totally unclear where the S-road begins and ends and therefor not quite useful to follow.
Most (but not all) S-roads start at the S100 inner city circular road, and extend to at least the A10 motorway, many further away even to the A9 motorway. Some S-roads are branches of other S-roads that start at S100.

The S-numbers have been used as a form of exit numbering on A10 in the past, but nowadays the A10 has the usual exit numbering (1-18).
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Statistics Netherlands (CBS) published today that environmental tax revenue in 2016 amounted to € 25.3 billion. Motoring taxes amounted to € 15.3 billion.

The car tax revenue by source;

* fuel excise duty: € 8.1 billion
* road tax: € 5.6 billion
* new car registration tax: € 1.6 billion

It is unclear if the excise duty figure includes VAT. The Netherlands charges VAT over both the product and the excise duty. At 21%, that would mean another € 1.7 billion of tax revenue.

To compare; the infrastructure fund amounted to € 5.8 billion in 2016, of which € 2 billion was spent on roads. The 12 provinces combined spend another estimated € 800 million on roads.

A portion of the road tax is levied by the provinces. How much you pay in road tax depends on the province you live in, but the differences are fairly small. The 'road tax' is technically a car ownership tax.
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Old August 14th, 2017, 11:20 PM   #14799
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Statistics Netherlands (CBS) published today that environmental tax revenue in 2016 amounted to € 25.3 billion. Motoring taxes amounted to € 15.3 billion.

The car tax revenue by source;

* fuel excise duty: € 8.1 billion
* road tax: € 5.6 billion
* new car registration tax: € 1.6 billion

It is unclear if the excise duty figure includes VAT. The Netherlands charges VAT over both the product and the excise duty. At 21%, that would mean another € 1.7 billion of tax revenue.

To compare; the infrastructure fund amounted to € 5.8 billion in 2016, of which € 2 billion was spent on roads. The 12 provinces combined spend another estimated € 800 million on roads.

A portion of the road tax is levied by the provinces. How much you pay in road tax depends on the province you live in, but the differences are fairly small. The 'road tax' is technically a car ownership tax.
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Car driving is indeed a cashcow. The other side of the coin is that we have IMHO the best infrastructure in Europe, as well as a good social security system. Good life has a price tag.
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