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Old November 4th, 2017, 07:08 PM   #15041
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The left cariageway is the original single cariageway road, you can see the mature trees on the picture. They simply added the right cariageway and changed the lines.
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Old November 6th, 2017, 08:19 PM   #15042
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Rotterdamsebaan, The Hague

The cutting head of the tunnel boring machine for the Victory Boogie-Woogie Tunnel in The Hague.


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Old November 6th, 2017, 09:33 PM   #15043
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N31 Harlingen

The below-grade N31 through Harlingen will open to traffic tomorrow morning. It appears that it will open with one lane each way. No more waiting for the drawbridge!


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Old November 7th, 2017, 04:17 PM   #15044
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N31 Harlingen II

Some more photos of the new N31 in Harlingen.


JDR_2524 Asfalteren by N31 Harlingen, on Flickr


JDR_2540 Asfalteren by N31 Harlingen, on Flickr


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Old November 7th, 2017, 05:03 PM   #15045
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what's the yellow paint for?
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Old November 7th, 2017, 05:05 PM   #15046
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Traffic uses only one carriageway for now, so there is opposing traffic. And it is still a construction zone. The yellow lines accentuate that fact. It's uncommon though.
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Old November 7th, 2017, 08:36 PM   #15047
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There was a long-time rumor that yellow paint supposedly is easier to remove and that's why they use it as temporary lane markings at construction zones. But it's simply because it stands out more. They often use some kind of thermoplast which they can remove with high pressure water.
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Old November 7th, 2017, 08:46 PM   #15048
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It looks more like Harlingen, Texas
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Old November 7th, 2017, 08:54 PM   #15049
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There are several types of road markings;

* thermoplast: most common on high-volume roads. Very visible, drains water, very durable (7-10 years). Also expensive and cannot be removed without damaging the road surface. Not commonly used for temporary configurations.
* tape markings. Common in construction zones. Very reflective, but not very durable, may become loose. Can be removed without damage to road surface.
* drip paint: very reflective, fairly durable, but not commonly used in the Netherlands compared to e.g. Poland.
* paint: various forms exist. Reflectivity not the best. Best suited for low-speed, low volume roads, or temporary lane markings. Often used when the final wearing course is not yet applied. Poor durability (1-2 years at best).
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Old November 7th, 2017, 08:58 PM   #15050
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Better do this way instead of how some places do it (permanent marking that then requires black paint over )
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Old November 8th, 2017, 03:29 PM   #15051
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A24 Blankenburg Tunnel, Rotterdam

The DBFM contract to construct the A24 and Blankenburg Tunnel west of Rotterdam has been conditionally awarded to a consortium lead by Ballast Nedam on 20 July 2017. The losing consortium led by BAM lodged a complaint about it.

The losing consortium made an offer with a net value of € 536 million, which is considerably lower than the € 577.5 million offer by the winning consortium. However, contracts are not awarded based on price, but on 'best value procurement'. The Ballast Nedam offer had a better construction plan, because they planned to use only two immersed segments. This resulted in a higher score for risk management, and ultimately won them the contract.

Today the judge issued a verdict, dismissing the complaint by BAM. They could go into a further appeal but this is uncommon in the Netherlands. Losing consortia rarely win these cases.
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Old November 8th, 2017, 04:45 PM   #15052
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The country needs more competition for big infrastructure project instead of the usual 3/4 that dominate the whole thing.
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These large complex contracts with a value of € 500 million - € 1 billion usually attract only 3 or 4 competitors.

Only a few large construction companies able to handle the design work for such complex projects and being able to finance them upfront are in the market for such projects.

They are planning to award the A27 expansion into two contracts for that reason. It is seen as too big to handle if it would be a single contract worth € 1 billion+ with 4 complex bridge replacements.

Usually only Dutch construction companies win these large DBFM contracts. The foreign involvement is usually a partner, subcontractor or the finance section of the contract. For example Vinci is involved at the Rijnland Route project near Leiden. But this is an exception.
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Old November 8th, 2017, 08:18 PM   #15054
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A27 at Breda:


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Old November 8th, 2017, 10:07 PM   #15055
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This Dutch page contains a video with the current situation on the N31 Harlingen.
http://www.lc.nl/friesland/Nieuwe-N3...-22642439.html
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Old November 9th, 2017, 04:52 PM   #15056
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N366 / N391 Ter Apel

A new interchange is being built at the N366 / N391 roundabout near the town of Ter Apel. It is located right on the border of Groningen and Drenthe provinces.



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Old November 9th, 2017, 05:20 PM   #15057
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N300 Buitenring Parkstad Limburg

Two new sections of the regional expressway around Heerlen open to traffic soon.

10 November: a 2.4 km section around Brunssum (N276 to N274).
17 November: a 3.0 km section near Kerkrade (Gaiazoo to Avantis roundabout)

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Old November 13th, 2017, 10:48 AM   #15058
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Police speed traps catch 50% more motorists this summer

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This summer, 550,000 people were fined for speeding after being caught in a police speed trap – a rise of nearly 50% on 2016, the AD said on Monday.

Much of the police effort focused on notorious parts of the highway network, including the A13 between Rotterdam and The Hague, the A4, A6, A7 and the N302, a provincial road which crosses Flevoland province.

‘We’ve had various problems over the past two years, as well as software issues, but we are now operating at full strength,’ national police force spokesman Egbert-Jan van Hasselt told the AD.

One reason so many people drive too fast is that modern cars are quiet and ‘you hardly notice how fast you are driving,’ Van Hasselt said. ‘It’s very easy to go 10 kph over the speed limit.’
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They say how going 10 km/h over the limit can be very dangerous in school zones, streets, etc. And where are they installing all those speed traps? On the motorway, the safest road type there is!

It's just a money grab, they attempt to justify it under the name of 'safety' but I doubt if they really believe in that themselves. The vast majority of speeding tickets are for very small offenses, mostly on motorways.
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N300 Buitenring Parkstad Limburg

This video was taken just prior to opening the new expressway around Brunssum. It's a short section, just over 2 kilometers. This portion is also signed as N300, so that'll be the number for the entire 26 kilometer expressway around Heerlen.

Previously, N300 was only a 5 kilometer road between N281 and Kerkrade, along the German border.

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