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Old March 16th, 2015, 04:34 PM   #2441
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The A601 north of Liège has been closed to all traffic for a prolonged period of time, likely due to the poor condition. It is a shortcut from E313 to E40. It was already narrowed to one lane in 2013 due to the poor condition of the road, and has been closed entirely since late 2014. Apparently there is no funding available to repair the motorway.
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Old March 16th, 2015, 04:35 PM   #2442
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Very very sad, it's only a few kilometres... They can repair it over the night if they wanted...
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Old March 16th, 2015, 05:10 PM   #2443
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I presume the road authority is also closing it to deliver the message to the regional administration that they're underfunded.
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Old March 16th, 2015, 06:02 PM   #2444
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Did walloon governance increase the budget for the motorways? Since Flanders did a lot of routes are in good condition now.
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Old March 16th, 2015, 10:08 PM   #2445
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traffic in 2014

The Traffic Center (verkeerscentrum) released a statistical report over 2014 for motorways in Flandres.

http://www.verkeerscentrum.be/verkee...en-2014-150211

There is some interesting data. Earlier traffic count reports did not include the 0h - 6h period. This report includes that.

The busiest motorway in Belgium:

* R1 Berchem - Borgerhout: 271,000 vehicles per day (all traffic)
* R1 Berchem - Borgerhout: 50,500 trucks per day

For outsiders; R1 is the Antwerp Ring Road. 271,000 vehicles on 2x5 lanes is extreme, especially when you consider the absurd amount of trucks (probably unmatched anywhere in Europe). No wonder Antwerpen is so congested.
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Old March 17th, 2015, 12:25 AM   #2446
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The Traffic Center (verkeerscentrum) released a statistical report over 2014 for motorways in Flandres.

http://www.verkeerscentrum.be/verkee...en-2014-150211

There is some interesting data. Earlier traffic count reports did not include the 0h - 6h period. This report includes that.

The busiest motorway in Belgium:

* R1 Berchem - Borgerhout: 271,000 vehicles per day (all traffic)
* R1 Berchem - Borgerhout: 50,500 trucks per day

For outsiders; R1 is the Antwerp Ring Road. 271,000 vehicles on 2x5 lanes is extreme, especially when you consider the absurd amount of trucks (probably unmatched anywhere in Europe). No wonder Antwerpen is so congested.
Everytime I drive in Belgium I have nightmares with the Antwerp Ring Road... It's slow and crowded, with some poorly designed junctions
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Old March 17th, 2015, 01:26 AM   #2447
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Everyone, from anywhere in Europe thinks the R1 is an absolute nightmare and it is. The sooner the R1 will be closed and the R11 (Antwerps uncompleted second ring) will be a full motorway the better.

The junctions are not poor designed, they are just from another era and cramped between densly build up space.

here is a time lapse taken in the early afthernoon. The delay in the video is the expected delay you are going to have at any moment during the day. Avoid the R1 from 6AM to 10AM and from 4PM to 7PM, you'll be a sitting duck.
I'm suprised it even gets this amount of traffic when everything is gridlocked every day.

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Old March 17th, 2015, 03:04 AM   #2448
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It's the old Manhattan problem... nobody drives there anymore, there's too much traffic

I thought the R1 was OK when I drove on it but... it was off peak time...
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Old March 17th, 2015, 03:05 AM   #2449
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The A601 north of Liège has been closed to all traffic for a prolonged period of time, likely due to the poor condition. It is a shortcut from E313 to E40. It was already narrowed to one lane in 2013 due to the poor condition of the road, and has been closed entirely since late 2014. Apparently there is no funding available to repair the motorway.
Those movements - E40 westbound to E313 north and E313 southbound to E40 east - can't even be made at Vottem, can they?
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Those movements - E40 westbound to E313 north and E313 southbound to E40 east - can't even be made at Vottem, can they?
It was a perfectly reasonable question....
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It was a perfectly reasonable question....
You can make all movements at vottem!
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Old March 24th, 2015, 03:03 PM   #2452
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Has that changed or is my memory wrong?
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It has been a full cloverleaf intersection since it was build. A601 was just a shortcut and actually made the traffic on the A3 flow smoother during peak hours especially in the direction of Verviers. The end/start of the E313 doesn't see much traffic, mainly trucks between the industrial parks of Liège and the port of Antwerp.
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Old May 19th, 2015, 08:48 PM   #2454
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truck toll

Belgium will introduce a truck toll on 1 April 2016. It will apply to all trucks over 3.5 tonnes, and on all roads currently covered by the 'Eurovignette'.

The system is called ViaPass: http://www.viapass.be/en/

Flemish media reported the toll rates. As usual, it is dependent on weight classes and euro norms.

A common recent model 40 ton truck will pay € 0.128 per kilometer. Which is considerably cheaper than in Germany or France, not to mention Austria or Switzerland.

The projected gross revenue for Flanders is € 310 million. However they will lower the road tax on heavy vehicles. In addition, the Eurovignette revenue will cease.

The Eurovignette is an archaic system, created in 1994 by the Benelux & Germany and later expanded to Denmark and Sweden. It was a way to tax foreign trucks (that didn't pay the domestic road taxes). Germany switched to distance-based tolls in 2003. The tolls with Eurovignette is only € 8 per day, so the Belgian truck toll will be more expensive if a foreign truck travels more than 63 km per day in Belgium (most trucks probably will).
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A major incident has shut down E19 from Breda to Antwerpen for most of the day. Several trucks crashed and caught fire. One person was killed. It will likely reopen around midnight.

Southbound traffic is detoured via A58, A4 & A12 through the Netherlands.

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Old May 20th, 2015, 07:22 PM   #2456
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and again, trucks traffic is proven to be to dense on our highways. On some stretches, like on the E313 between Lummen and Antwerp. It's an endless bumper to bumper row of trucks driving at 100km/h. How would people not expect such incidents like this.
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The per capita fatality rate among truckers is 3.5 times higher in Flanders than the Netherlands.

These busy truck corridors need to be widened to six lanes so the passing ban can be lifted, which reduces the convoys of trucks on the right lane.
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Old May 21st, 2015, 01:52 AM   #2458
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It's an endless bumper to bumper row of trucks driving at 80-90 100km/h.
Fixed it for you.
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Old May 21st, 2015, 03:00 AM   #2459
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Southbound traffic is detoured via A58, A4 & A12 through the Netherlands.
A diversion through another country, that can't happen too often.
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Old May 21st, 2015, 03:13 AM   #2460
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A diversion through another country, that can't happen too often.
Well to be fair it happened like 10 kms across the border.
But a diversion from the Klaverpolder interchange via Bergen op Zoom really isn't abnormal at all. E19 from Breda to Antwerpen is quite the 'accident-happy' highway so detours are more common than one might think.

As a matter of fact, traffic was getting detoured at 3 different points, all passing Bergen op Zoom.
From A15xA29 (Vaanplein)
From A16xA17 (Klaverpolder)
And from A58xA16 (Princeville)
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