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Old July 15th, 2016, 07:24 PM   #2741
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IIRC, there is a caveat to this strategy - the national motorway company's debt does not count towards public debt, despite being wholly owned by the government, only if it obtains most of its revenue "on the market" (through tolls) and not through public financing, such as taxes. I remember this was a factor in the decision-making process when the vignette system in Slovenia was being modified, since vignettes are not considered tolls but more of a road tax.
Aha ok, so considering that in Belgium the motorways are only financed by the government that rule cannot apply. This would also explain why the EC refused thefinancing of the Oosterweel connection in Antwerpen to be excluded from public debt.

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Old July 15th, 2016, 11:10 PM   #2742
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The E17 border crossing into France is still jammed with 30+ minutes delay at 10 pm, due to border controls. These border controls where in place before the attack in Nice occurred.

The best option to enter France appears to be E429/E42 at this time. The E19 border crossing is also jammed. However, many GPSs opt for E17 as this is the shortest route from Antwerpen to Paris (signage indicates to use E403 via Tournai).

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Old July 18th, 2016, 07:24 PM   #2743
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At one point traffic jams at the border reached around 20km in length...
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Old July 19th, 2016, 09:32 AM   #2744
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Does anyone know by what percentage the daily number of vehicles is decreased in these summer holiday days in comparison with a 'normal' day outside the holiday period on the most heavily congested parts of the Belgian road network, such as the ring of Brussels or Antwerpen? Hourly data would probably even be a better index.

I am asking this question because sometimes I have an impression that there are not that much less cars but the fact that these few percent mean that you fall bellow the point of saturation it changes everything.
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Old July 20th, 2016, 03:51 PM   #2745
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Aha ok, so considering that in Belgium the motorways are only financed by the government that rule cannot apply. This would also explain why the EC refused thefinancing of the Oosterweel connection in Antwerpen to be excluded from public debt.

Thanks to all of you for the explanation!
I've managed to find more clarification on this matter: for the company not to be considered part of the state sector, the government must not provide (directly or indirectly) over 50% of the company's revenue or guarantee for the company's debt in excess of 50% of the value of the company's assets. Sorry for the OT.
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Old July 24th, 2016, 09:29 PM   #2746
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Old August 17th, 2016, 11:13 AM   #2747
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E42

They recently expanded the Verlaine rest area near Huy on E42. They also expanded the motorway to six lanes.



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Nearly the entire E42 from Mons to Liège has been widened to six lanes, except for a 10 km stretch between Daussoulx (E411) and Andenne.
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Old August 18th, 2016, 08:05 PM   #2748
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They recently expanded the Verlaine rest area near Huy on E42. They also expanded the motorway to six lanes.



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Nearly the entire E42 from Mons to Liège has been widened to six lanes, except for a 10 km stretch between Daussoulx (E411) and Andenne.
It should be expanded as well according to the Plan Route.
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Old August 19th, 2016, 01:33 AM   #2749
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They recently expanded the Verlaine rest area near Huy on E42. They also expanded the motorway to six lanes.
I like how they kept the eighties(?)-style architecture and modernized it.











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On Streetview you can see the BEFORE and AFTER. Huge difference!
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Old August 19th, 2016, 01:46 AM   #2750
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So the Walloon government didn't have money for 10 km of highway near Liège but found money to lay out a new rest area and and extra lane on the E42?

Nice job btw. I like how both Wallonia and Flanders are chosing cast concrete barriers again .
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Old August 21st, 2016, 04:11 PM   #2751
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So the Walloon government didn't have money for 10 km of highway near Liège but found money to lay out a new rest area and and extra lane on the E42?

Nice job btw. I like how both Wallonia and Flanders are chosing cast concrete barriers again .
As said before the 10km are going to be extended in the future (within the Plan Route).

The concrete divider is more and more common, indeed.
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Old August 21st, 2016, 04:14 PM   #2752
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As said before the 10km are going to be extended in the future (within the Plan Route).

The concrete divider is more and more common, indeed.
I was actually referring to the closed A601
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Old August 22nd, 2016, 01:24 AM   #2753
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I was actually referring to the closed A601
Yeah, strange way of decision-making.
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Old August 22nd, 2016, 12:09 PM   #2754
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Extension works of the Brussels R0 will start in 2019.(in Dutch)



Here is the website:http://www.werkenaandering.be/

and a map where you can chose wich part of the ring to view in detail:
http://www.werkenaandering.be/overzicht/

The main thing will be that local traffic will be isolated for a large part from throughout traffic. Today local and throughout traffic mixes a lot.

New situation will be that feeder lanes will tae the traffic from the exits and only come back together at an intersection.


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Old August 23rd, 2016, 12:37 PM   #2755
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The extention works of the N5 near Couvin are now clearly visable on Google Earth. They are upgrading the road from a 1+1 to a 2+2 with speed limit of 90 or 120km/h
Just across the broder you can see that France is upgrading route N51 to (semi??) highway standard towards Charleville-Mézières. With that this missing link will be largly overcome.
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Old August 23rd, 2016, 02:30 PM   #2756
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Just across the broder you can see that France is upgrading route N51 to (semi??) highway standard towards Charleville-Mézières. With that this missing link will be largly overcome.
It will be a free "autoroute", the A304. See Wikipedia for more information.
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Old August 24th, 2016, 09:42 PM   #2757
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Today started a 2 month renovation of the E25 between Cheratte and the NL-border:

http://febetra.be/fr/2016/08/belgie-...-e25-cheratte/

There is also a big viaduct renovation nearby ("Viaduc de Cheratte" that supposedly ends this year).
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speed limits

The default speed limit on the regional roads (gewestwegen) in Flanders will go down to 70 km/h next year. These are mostly the N-roads. 90 km/h will only be permitted on a few key roads that are better suited for them. 120 km/h will continue to apply to four-lane divided N-roads if not otherwise indicated.

So the speed limit outside city limits will be 70 km/h unless posted at 90. They have to remove 16,000 70 km/h signs.

There is not yet a definitive list of roads where 90 km/h will remain the speed limit.

Flanders has extensive ribbon development, nearly all roads are lined with houses, so 70 km/h is more appropriate as the default speed limit. The article doesn't say anything about Wallonia.

http://www.demorgen.be/binnenland/sn...uur-b6fee462c/
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Old August 25th, 2016, 08:42 PM   #2759
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The default speed limit on the regional roads (gewestwegen) in Flanders will go down to 70 km/h next year. These are mostly the N-roads. 90 km/h will only be permitted on a few key roads that are better suited for them. 120 km/h will continue to apply to four-lane divided N-roads if not otherwise indicated.

So the speed limit outside city limits will be 70 km/h unless posted at 90. They have to remove 16,000 70 km/h signs.

There is not yet a definitive list of roads where 90 km/h will remain the speed limit.

Flanders has extensive ribbon development, nearly all roads are lined with houses, so 70 km/h is more appropriate as the default speed limit. The article doesn't say anything about Wallonia.

http://www.demorgen.be/binnenland/sn...uur-b6fee462c/
So will they signpost "regional speed limit" at every point of regional internal border?

I wish some EU legislation was passed to prevent sub-national entities from setting different 'default' traffic regulations (be it parking, use of daylights, default speed etc).
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Old August 25th, 2016, 09:41 PM   #2760
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I wish some EU legislation was passed to prevent sub-national entities from setting different 'default' traffic regulations (be it parking, use of daylights, default speed etc).
Not going to happen - the EU likes strong sub-national regions as it makes the national entities weaker and nations states are basically Hitler.
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