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Old April 20th, 2016, 12:34 PM   #3641
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The new Førrestjørn intersection on E134, Haugesund:

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Old April 20th, 2016, 01:46 PM   #3642
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The new Førrestjørn intersection on E134, Haugesund:

Bus ramps and entry ramps intersecting. Is this the standard design in Norway?
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Old April 20th, 2016, 01:58 PM   #3643
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Don't think so, they're usually placed on ramps. I don't think that solution looks safe, people won't be looking for traffic on the bus ramps most of the time creating some dangerous situations.
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Old April 20th, 2016, 02:58 PM   #3644
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Don't think so, they're usually placed on ramps. I don't think that solution looks safe, people won't be looking for traffic on the bus ramps most of the time creating some dangerous situations.
This is just another example of a poorly designed junction - there are plenty of those in Norway!
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Old April 20th, 2016, 06:46 PM   #3645
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Don't think so, they're usually placed on ramps. I don't think that solution looks safe, people won't be looking for traffic on the bus ramps most of the time creating some dangerous situations.
The buses have to yield to traffic from the right, so it's on them.

I agree that it looks poorly designed though. The ramp on the right has a very tight curve (not unusual in Norway).
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Old April 21st, 2016, 12:34 AM   #3646
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Well, there is one lane less for bus passengers to cross (compared to a bus stop placed between exit and entry ramps as it often is at least in Finland), and still standing buses shouldn't slow down entering traffic. Also, the bus stop can be used by both buses going along the main road and by those entering it.

Still a very unusual solution, though.
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Old April 21st, 2016, 09:31 AM   #3647
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Well, there is one lane less for bus passengers to cross (compared to a bus stop placed between exit and entry ramps as it often is at least in Finland), and still standing buses shouldn't slow down entering traffic. Also, the bus stop can be used by both buses going along the main road and by those entering it.

Still a very unusual solution, though.
The Finnish standard setup at the separate bus ramps at the urban motorways is to arrange the pedestrian access through an underpass without any crossings, like here:

https://www.google.fi/maps/@60.16622.../data=!3m1!1e3

At rural parclos, there typically is an access road between the ramps like here:

https://www.google.fi/maps/@60.82267.../data=!3m1!1e3

That design has a pedestrian crossing at the other end of the ramp where speeds are low.

The design of the junction in Haugesund is somewhat scary. Everything will most probably go smoothly if everyone obeys the rules. But if the buses tend to enter such ramps at full speed (like in Finland), the crossing point might turn pretty dangerous.
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Old April 22nd, 2016, 08:24 AM   #3648
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Maybe there could be a request button for passengers and a light signal for bus drivers. When not requested, the buses would go along the main road and not use the ramp at all; and when needed, they would slow down for the stop anyway.

Even if a system like this were not planned, it wouldn't be too expensive to add later on.
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Old April 28th, 2016, 06:51 PM   #3649
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Video of Fv. 63 been cleared of snow these days. Even though they are clearing the pass of snow now the road will have to remain closed for 2-3 more weeks due to the avalanche hazard in the Trollstigen section.

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Old April 28th, 2016, 07:55 PM   #3650
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Saltstraumen is the strongest tidal current in the world. It's located southeast of Bodø and a bridge was built across it in 1978.

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Old May 2nd, 2016, 02:12 AM   #3651
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Bus ramps and entry ramps intersecting. Is this the standard design in Norway?
Not sure it is common, but a version of it was also built at e-18 outside of Oslo:

https://www.google.no/maps/@59.83794...7i13312!8i6656

Few busses seems to actually use though.
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Old May 2nd, 2016, 10:02 AM   #3652
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Not sure it is common, but a version of it was also built at e-18 outside of Oslo:

https://www.google.no/maps/@59.83794...7i13312!8i6656

Few busses seems to actually use though.
The extra access road exiting sharp left at the middle of the ramp looks scary. Hopefully, there is not much traffic to that side road.

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Not sure it is common, but a version of it was also built at e-18 outside of Oslo:

https://www.google.no/maps/@59.83794...7i13312!8i6656

Few busses seems to actually use though.
Yes, it seems to be poorly designed for busses. Most choose to ride the left lane, then crossing two lanes to get to the bus stop shortly after. An accident waiting to happen.
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Old May 4th, 2016, 01:16 PM   #3654
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Hmmm, I cannot access vegvesen.no and autopass.no anymore. They only work through some proxies.

edit: their IT infrastructure is under attack, resulting in less accessibility from abroad. http://www.vegvesen.no/trafikkinform...ra-utlandet-en

It's been this way for a couple of days now.

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Old May 5th, 2016, 04:00 PM   #3655
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Saltstraumen is the strongest tidal current in the world. It's located southeast of Bodø and a bridge was built across it in 1978.

Saltstraumen is the fastest, and is, as seen by the picture, also easy accessible by car. However, the volume flow rate of Moskstraumen further west, the original Maelstrom, is order of magnitudes larger. It earned worldwide fame through works by eg. Jules Verne (Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea), Edgar Allan Poe ("A Descent into the Maelström") and Herman Melville (Moby Dick) .

Moskstraumen /"the Maelstrom"

The difference between low and high tide is significant in central to northern Norway, hence due to all the fjords, narrow straits, islands, and islets, there are countless tidal currents, but not all are as dramatic as Saltstraumen and Moskstraumen. They all tend to attract a lot of fish and hence birdlife, though.

Straumen in Central Norway
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Old May 5th, 2016, 04:33 PM   #3656
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The extra access road exiting sharp left at the middle of the ramp looks scary. Hopefully, there is not much traffic to that side road.
Judging from Street view it looks like there is only one destination, a bomb shelter converted into a motorbike club.

https://www.google.no/maps/@59.83642...7i13312!8i6656
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Norway could use this to generate tidal wave electricity
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Norway could use this to generate tidal wave electricity
They do. http://www.renewableenergyfocus.com/...ned-in-norway/
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Dolmsund Bridge

The new Dolmsund Bridge (County Road 714 on Hitra, northwest of Trondheim) will open to traffic on 3 June. With a 190 meter main span, it is one of the longer bridges of this type.

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Folgefonna Tunnel

The Folgefonna Tunnel near Odda becomes toll free, starting 15 June. It is the third longest road tunnel in Norway at 11.1 kilometers. It opened to traffic in 2001, so the toll collection lasted for 15 years.

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