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Old January 12th, 2018, 08:09 PM   #15181
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Zeeland tunnels

The Westerschelde Tunnel operator released traffic volume data for 2017.

A grand total of 7,184,988 vehicles passed through the tolled Westerschelde / Western Scheldt Tunnel, that is an average of 19,685 vehicles per day. The busiest day of the year was 24 May 2017, the day before Ascension Day, when 27,143 vehicles passed through the tunnel.

The Sluiskil Tunnel is not tolled and carried 5,962,970 vehicles in 2017, an average of 16,337 per day.

Some toll data;
* there are 54,539 T-tag subscribers. They use a transponder and get a discount.
* there are 83,141 T-tag transponders in circulation
* 36% of T-tag subscribers live north of the tunnel, 41.4% live south and the remainder outside of the region.
* 18% of drivers paid cash.
* 1,284,330 trips were made by frequent users (more than 150 trips per year).
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Old January 13th, 2018, 04:59 PM   #15182
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Today there was an open day at the construction sites of the Rotterdamsebaan. This is the new entrance road into The Hague for the traffic coming from Rotterdam via the A13 and A4. The main part of this new road will be in the Victory Boogie Woogie Tunnel, named after the painting from Mondriaan which can be seen in the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague.

The open day was to commemorate the start of drilling the tunnel. The TBM was completely on show on the ramp of the tunnel.


IMG_4471 by Momo1435, on Flickr


The TBM is called Catharina Amalia, after our now 14 year old crown princess.


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The front of the TBM


IMG_4513 by Momo1435, on Flickr


2 tunnels will be drilled, when the 1st one is completed the TBM will be pushed back to start again. The Cutting shield will be transported over ground back to the start portal.


IMG_4508 by Momo1435, on Flickr


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The are already many tunnel parts on the site.


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Old January 13th, 2018, 07:34 PM   #15183
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Naming a several-ton rock-eating machine after a princess feels somewhat indelicate...
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Old January 13th, 2018, 08:09 PM   #15184
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The TBM was first used for the Sluiskil Tunnel in Zeeland province. It was refurbished at Herrenknecht in Germany.
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Old January 13th, 2018, 08:24 PM   #15185
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TBMs are usually named after women. Crossrail in London had Elizabeth, Victoria, Ada, Phyllis, Jessica, Ellie, Sofia and Mary (named after the Queen, a former Queen, the first computer programmer, the London cartographer, the Olympian, the Paralympian, an engineer's wife and another engineer's wife).

As are Cunard cruise liners - the most recent two Queen consorts of Great Britain (Mary and Elizabeth) both were very willing to launch the largest ocean liner then ever built, with said vessel bearing their name. As did the current Queen regnant for the second and third boats called 'Queen Elizabeth'.

Oh, and, in 2014, the Brits had a diminuative octogenarian woman smash a bottle of whisky on the side of a 65,000 tonnes (the second-largest non-US warship) aircraft carrier that both the ship, and the class of ship, were named after her.

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Old January 14th, 2018, 04:35 AM   #15186
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LOL, I too tought a teenage girl won't love being compared to a huge ass heavy machine
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Old January 15th, 2018, 12:26 PM   #15187
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A27 Utrecht - Hilversum

I took some photos of the A27 expansion project yesterday.

Over the course of 1.5 years, both A27 and A1 are expanded. A27 is being widened from four to six lanes, with space for a future eight lanes.

They provided additional capacity already from the start of construction. They had two choices during construction;
* 90 km/h on six narrow lanes
* 120 km/h on four wider lanes

Traffic modeling showed that 90 km/h with six narrow lanes would reduce congestion, so they implemented that. This section of A27 carries 88,000 - 100,000 vehicles per day.


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Old January 17th, 2018, 12:52 PM   #15188
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renovation

The minister of transport launced a programme today to renovate and replace infrastructure in the coming years.

The so-called 'renovatie en vervanging' is a separate budget item and currently amounts to € 150 million per year. This will be raised to € 350 million per year from 2020. R&V is considered separate from regular maintenance and is mostly allocated to bridges and tunnels.

Most projects consist of a large-scale renovation (duration between 1 and 3 years) that will extend the service life by another 30 years. Replacement is mostly limited to movable portions of bridges, not the replacement of entire structures like you see in Germany, though some bridges will be replaced as part of a motorway expansion project.


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Old January 17th, 2018, 01:40 PM   #15189
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Is the Zeeland bridge in need of any serious upgrades? It's from the 1970s, isn't it?
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Old January 17th, 2018, 01:54 PM   #15190
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It was built between 1963 and 1965. I'm not aware of any issues with the bridge. It has no movable parts like the Haringvliet Bridge, where the bascule section needs replacement.
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Old January 17th, 2018, 03:11 PM   #15191
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Quote:
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It was built between 1963 and 1965. I'm not aware of any issues with the bridge. It has no movable parts like the Haringvliet Bridge, where the bascule section needs replacement.
https://www.google.nl/maps/@51.62707...8i6656!5m1!1e1
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Old January 17th, 2018, 03:12 PM   #15192
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Only a very small part. You'd never notice it driving across it but I happened to be stranded in front of it once so I remember it quite well.

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Old January 17th, 2018, 03:26 PM   #15193
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Oh man I browsed the entire bridge in Google Earth to be sure, but I missed that

But the most critical replacements of this programme are movable sections of bridges. Not only are they a weak point in the overall structure, it is also prone to malfunctions which can cause traffic congestion.

In 2016 the Giessen Bridge of A20 in Rotterdam malfunctioned and caused a six-month blockade for shipping.
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Old January 17th, 2018, 07:14 PM   #15194
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electric vehicles

This graph shows the development of electric cars in the Netherlands.

The light blue section shows the rapid development of plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles (PHEV). Large amounts of these cars were sold betwen 2013 and 2016 due to fiscal incentives for company cars. One of the top-selling PHEV was the Mitsubishi Outlander. People could drive a large SUV at almost no cost. It was found that PHEV were often not charged, so there was no environmental benefit while losing billions of euros in tax revenue. The PHEV incentives ended last year and sales plummeted. There were even more PHEV exported than sold new, so their amount actually declined after 3 years of high sales figures.

It shows how much car sales are based entirely on tax incentives. Meanwhile battery-electric vehicles (BEV) continue to grow, now topping 20,000 vehicles (0.24% of all passenger cars).

In some international comparisons, the Netherlands is shown as an example were there is a massive breakthrough in electric car sales. On Wikipedia, the Netherlands is listed for having the second-highest share of electric car sales in the world, behind Norway. However if you look at the statistics more closely, the number is distorted by the amount of PHEV.

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Today is a very stormy day in the Netherlands. Code red has been given for the middle of the country due to heavy pulling winds:

The Code Red area

A lot of truck trailers has been pulled down by the winds. In some cases the highways are completely closed to clean them.




Rijkswaterstaat demands the people to postpone their travel as soon as possible.

The public transport service of 9292 for planning bus travels etc is down at this moment. They are trying to fix the trouble.

Due to the storm there are a lot of train trajects the have been barricated or have had accidents. Due to that there is no train traffic possible between:

• Middelburg and Vlissingen
• Delft and Schiedam
• Den Bosch and Geldermalsen
• Dordrecht and Breda
• Hoofddorp and Rotterdam
• Zevenbergen and Oudenbosch
• Alphen aan den Rijn and Gouda

The Ramspolkering (one of the embankments keeping the Netherlands dry) has been closed so the water can't reach the land.
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Tired truck:
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