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Old September 20th, 2010, 01:52 PM   #701
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A12 Rupel Tunnel

A classic Belgian fail... The two right lanes were closed in the Rupel Tunnel due to an accident. Out of the 10 or so dynamic signs, only 1 was working, and showed the wrong layout. The right 2 lanes were closed by electronic signs, yet everyone was ignoring these...

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Old September 23rd, 2010, 11:30 AM   #702
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Video from a random blog that I found.

It starts somewhere in Antwerp suburbia, then joins the ringroad in the direction of Holland (E19), then joins the A12 (direction Bergen-op-Zoom), then the exit to E34 - Knokke and eventually goes through the Tijsmanstunnel, takes the exit to Lillo and drives on the most important harbour road.

The spot where she pulls over in the end is also one of my favourite spots in Antwerp and I also love the road going there.
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Old September 23rd, 2010, 08:30 PM   #703
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In the endless Oosterweel soap in Antwerpen, they have now chosen a toll tunnel to close the R1 ring road. Initially, a bridge was preferred because of its lower cost, a tunnel would've proven € 350 million more expensive (some see this as a way too optimistic additional cost).

The new tunnel will feature 2x2 lanes, will be of cut & cover nature and will cost € 3.05 billion. The new tunnel has a preliminary completion date of January 1st, 2021, over 25 years after the initial start of procedures.
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Old September 25th, 2010, 09:44 PM   #704
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Masterplan Antwerpen:

* New 2x2 toll tunnel under the Schelde (Scheldt) River.
* New motorway A102-R11 along the east side of Antwerpen, mostly underground
* New parallel roads to E34 and E17 west of Antwerpen
* Improvement on E313
* Improvement A12 in Aartselaar
* Several new connections in the suburbs
* Improvement R1-A112 interchange on the south side of Antwerpen
* Removal of the Merksem viaduct on R1.

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Old September 25th, 2010, 11:07 PM   #705
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It's largely a big joke and also a good example of Belgian decision making:

- Side A says go for this
- Side B says no, go for this instead

= Government comes up with plan that's not appreciated by either of the sides and is just total crap.

Pic of the mentioned Merksem viaduct just for your information, not that I feel bad that it will go :

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Old September 30th, 2010, 10:23 PM   #706
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Interchange Zwijnaarde near Gent. Belgium is one of the few countries which uses full turbine interchanges.

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Old September 30th, 2010, 10:43 PM   #707
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What's the current status of A2×A13 interchange reconstruction? I completely forgot the timeline
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Old October 17th, 2010, 11:30 AM   #708
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http://www.standaard.be/artikel/deta...elid=GR130TVTE

Belgium's motorways are the unsafest in all of Europe. 15% of all traffic fatalities occured on motorways, an increase from 11% 20 years ago. 139 people were killed on Belgian motorways, against 60 people on Dutch motorways, while the Netherlands has 6 million more inhabitants - which means Belgian motorways are 3.5 times less safe than the Dutch ones.
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Old October 17th, 2010, 03:35 PM   #709
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the Netherlands has 6 million more inhabitants - which means Belgian motorways are 3.5 times less safe than the Dutch ones.
No it doesn't - it means that if you are Belgian you are, on average, 3.5 times more likely to die on the motorway than if you are Dutch, providing everyone stays within their borders.

You need to divide fatality stats by how much people travel to get a safety comparison that is legitimate.
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Old October 20th, 2010, 10:06 PM   #710
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I've recently made a video on the repaved E40

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Old October 20th, 2010, 10:22 PM   #711
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You need to divide fatality stats by how much people travel to get a safety comparison that is legitimate.
I agree, but those statistics are not always at hand, and sometimes unreliable due to different measuring methods. But I think the numbers would turn out even worse because Dutch roads are generally even busier than the Belgian ones.
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Old October 20th, 2010, 10:25 PM   #712
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I've recently made a video on the repaved E40

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Looks great, those 4 lanes. Hopefully more will be done soon, like R0 and E313. The section from Leuven to Liège isn't too good either in terms of pavement quality, but at least we can't complain about the capacity there; 40.000 vehicles on 2x3 lanes.
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Old October 21st, 2010, 08:49 PM   #713
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The cloverleaf in Lummen is finished It's now an turbine
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It's not completly finished yet, it's now completly conflict free but they still need to rebuild quite a few bridges.

@ Chris, indeed the pavement on that side is quite old and noisy, I hope they'll give it a repavement similar to the one they other side got in the past few years. The traffic signage on the Flemish side of the the freeways is good tough.

I also have a video of the E314, the freeway on which Interchange Lummen is located;Youtube

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Old October 24th, 2010, 04:38 PM   #715
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Suicide lanes stil exist. N9 near Brugge.

Strangely, MB's driver was still alive after overtaking.






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Old October 25th, 2010, 01:17 AM   #716
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How do you know that the middle lane can be used in both directions? Are there signs for it?
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Old October 25th, 2010, 11:22 AM   #717
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You take a chance, that's why it's called the suicide lane.
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How do you know that the middle lane can be used in both directions? Are there signs for it?
These road became very rare but they're still found in more rural regions.
In Belgium the law on traffic regulations enforces a "keep right at all times on every road" rule. So people know that they've to keep right on this road and can only use the middle lane for overtaking. Thus this type of road is more safe than the regular 1+1 since the middle lane knows very few traffic because it is only used for overtaking.
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E40 from Viaduc de Cheratte near Liège.

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Old October 25th, 2010, 04:29 PM   #720
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You take a chance, that's why it's called the suicide lane.
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These road became very rare but they're still found in more rural regions.
In Belgium the law on traffic regulations enforces a "keep right at all times on every road" rule. So people know that they've to keep right on this road and can only use the middle lane for overtaking. Thus this type of road is more safe than the regular 1+1 since the middle lane knows very few traffic because it is only used for overtaking.
Sounds super safe
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