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Old January 12th, 2012, 07:56 PM   #1801
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True, some railwaycrossings are quite outdated and sometimes dangerous. There's a major improvement compared to lets say 30 years ago but that's just because the roads themselves have become more safe. Ofcourse like in the examples you gave, it's not always possible or even realistic to build a tunnel/overpass.
Unfortunately maintenance of the railroad crossings is still in hands of the infrastructural division of the NMBS and they're not always known for their excellent management...
I'm sorry, but nor is your highways agency.
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Old January 12th, 2012, 08:49 PM   #1802
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http://www.knack.be/nieuws/belgie/st...0029547276.htm

The percentage of motorways considered as in "very poor condition" in Flanders has risen to 14.1% of all Flemish motorways. Most of them are in Antwerpen and West Flanders provinces. At the same time, the percentage of motorways in "good condition" has risen to 53.1%, it's the first time since 2004 that at least half of the Flemish motorways were considered to be in good condition.
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Old January 12th, 2012, 09:47 PM   #1803
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I'm sorry, but nor is your highways agency.

I'm sorry to hear that you're still continueing your campain of pointless hatred.
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Old January 12th, 2012, 11:08 PM   #1804
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I'm sorry to hear that you're still continueing your campain of pointless hatred.
No hatred dude, it's the truth.

Oh sorry, that's your line....
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Old January 12th, 2012, 11:29 PM   #1805
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Sure. Coming from Gent, on the E17, you approach the Antwerp Orbital as you may know. Keep right (and in lane) you head towards Breda, Liege and Brussels. (majority of traffic) Exit LEFT and you head towards Rotterdam and Antwerp Docks. This exit LEFT is primarily used by freight traffic.

Now, who's bright idea was it to build an exit LEFT on such a busy junction.
As you can see here, this left exit will be history in a few years:

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Old January 12th, 2012, 11:41 PM   #1806
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That looks very impressive indeed. When will they start the works?
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Old January 13th, 2012, 12:06 AM   #1807
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That looks very impressive indeed. When will they start the works?
Well that's an open question, because it's still a hot (political) issue in Flanders.
It's part of the "Masterplan 2020", which includes a 3th Schelde crossing.
But as for all large constructions over here, I wouldn't be too surprised delays will push this into a 2025 interchange.

So "a few years" may be overly optimistic
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Old January 13th, 2012, 12:55 AM   #1808
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Was it part of the Lange Wapper (Oosterweel) project?
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Old January 13th, 2012, 11:06 AM   #1809
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There hasn't been any new motorway in 12 years in Belgium, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed this one will actually happen. It's needed badly.
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Old January 13th, 2012, 02:44 PM   #1810
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Does anyone know how long does at-grade railway crossing gates sound and start to go down before a trains comes in Belgium?

I think there should be some sort of EU-wide regulation on this, here in Netherlands it is 30-35 seconds and sometimes I've seen Belgian drivers "racing" the gates, which is extremely dangerous to do so because of the short time and fast gate closing (less than 12 seconds between first beeps and complete descent movement).
Railway crossings are usually controlled only by railways, and their opening/closure today* is often linked to the signaling system (so trains aren't allowed to pass if the level crossing is opened, and the closure time depends on how efficient the rail signaling system is).

*there were independent level crossing in the past, closed manually following a printed timetable or telephone calls by station masters and unlinked to signaling system, but they should have disappeared from everywhere in Europe
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Old January 13th, 2012, 08:51 PM   #1811
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Finally crossing Antwerp will be faster and more secure ! At least from this side ...
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Old January 15th, 2012, 11:07 PM   #1812
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A12 Brussel - Antwerpen:
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Old January 16th, 2012, 04:32 PM   #1813
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Very nice vid! I hope they start to work soon on that upgrade though.
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Old January 21st, 2012, 08:39 PM   #1814
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The final viaduct of a never built freeway near Varsenare in Flanders has been demolished today. It was built in 1976 for a freeway which was supposed to become the A18 from Jabbeke to the internation industrial port of Zeebrugge. Another unused bridge has already been put down last year. The total cost of the demolition project is expected to be € 1 million







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Old January 22nd, 2012, 04:48 PM   #1815
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The location of this bridge and the already demolished bridge: http://maps.google.be/?ll=51.2044,3....w&z=17&vpsrc=6

EDIT: indeed, it's "demolished", not "destroyed".
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Old January 22nd, 2012, 08:07 PM   #1816
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I would rather use "demolished", destroyed makes it sound as if an earthquake took it down. That would have been alot cheaper for all of us :p
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Old January 22nd, 2012, 10:09 PM   #1817
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Why not build a short highway on the area then, even if incomplete?
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Old January 22nd, 2012, 10:26 PM   #1818
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The nearby N31 is currently already being converted to a motorway / expressway. I hope it gets motorway status, it would be the first new motorway kilometers in Belgium in over a decade.
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Old January 22nd, 2012, 11:22 PM   #1819
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Isn't that an expressway allready? I don't think it will get a motorway status. Why would it? They would have to build a by-pass around Lissewege wich will lead to the construction of several nav bridges and expropriation of several homes, companies,....

To make a long story short. I won't happen, because in Belgium everything is everywhere and that makes everything more expensive.
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Old January 23rd, 2012, 12:01 AM   #1820
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From what I've heard the intention is to connect it to the future AX

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The nearby N31 is currently already being converted to a motorway / expressway. I hope it gets motorway status, it would be the first new motorway kilometers in Belgium in over a decade.
It might get a freewaystatus or a status comparable to the N74. So a freeway-that-cannot-be-named-as-such. Considering the freeway km's, I don't think it has been more than a decay. The N49/AX/E34 has gotten a bit longer last year but I know what you mean with "new", new as in such "there was nothing there before it". I hope the Antwerpen 2020 masterplan will bring us new hope.
Nevertheless the focus of the Flemish government on improving the network lies in the construction of missing links and reconversion of "black spots" rather than just widening existing freeways.
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