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Old March 26th, 2012, 11:46 AM   #1861
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It will take some time before we'll see the dozers starting on this project... We still have some very active protest comitees not willing to support this project but proposing their own alternative...
What kind of alternatives? Doing nothing? Public transport? Widening the current Ring with a new Kennedytunnel?

(That last one probably not, that would cost way more than the Lange Wapper)
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Old March 26th, 2012, 05:34 PM   #1862
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Nice E40 video. The section east of Leuven would've been awesome if the pavement was better. Quantity-wise, it's one of the best motorways in Belgium. Six lanes and only 40.000 - 50.000 vehicles per day.
The section east of Leuven (east of Tienen to be specific) is Wallonian and I don't know what their plans are considering renovation. I suspect they're still looking for funding and are dealing with the worst parts around Luik first.
I do know that since the portion between Brussels and Heverlee has been renovated only a small percentage of the E40 in Flemish-Brabant is below the "Good to Very Good" classification and the local department of Roads and Traffic plans to renovate those last sections as well.
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Old March 26th, 2012, 06:54 PM   #1863
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The old conrete part starts well before the E40 crosses border with Wallonia. It's just in a bad shape , Flemish and Wallonian side.
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Old March 26th, 2012, 06:58 PM   #1864
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The old conrete part starts well before the E40 crosses border with Wallonia. It's just in a bad shape , Flemish and Wallonian side.
Indeed. The E40 east of Leuven is a disgrace. In Wallonia Ónd Flanders.
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Old March 26th, 2012, 07:05 PM   #1865
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The bad part starts at Tienen and that's still quite a distance east of Leuven and as far as I can remember that first part of concrete is still in a fairly good state, just noisy like on the E314 before the renovation.
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Old March 26th, 2012, 07:17 PM   #1866
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Ok, maybe it's 'fairly good', but I think old concrete highways should't exist anymore. Period. No excuse.

Btw, are there any plans to renovate the E314 after Halen (into Limburg)? That must be one of the worst Flemish highways...
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Old March 26th, 2012, 07:55 PM   #1867
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You're right when you say that they shouldn't exist anymore but the techniques these highways were built with are quite remarkable the least. The concrete was cast in one continuous section so teams were working on the road day and night, al the way from Brussels to Luik. This technique avoids the often seen problem on secondary roads, sagging concrete slabs.
For example the E40 or A3 as it was called back then, was built in the 70's. They repeated this "one section technique" to build the E314 from Holsbeek to Limburg, that road was opened in 1986. The concrete used on the E40 didn't look older than that of the E314. Just to proove that altough it is old, it's not bad. They still use it in combination with a more silent concrete mixture to build our new freeways.

Considering Limburg, I don't know. They have been renovating sections but never more than 5 km in one piece. It is indeed a disgrace, especially when you cross the border comming from Flemish-Brabant. This weekend they have been constructing a new road service before, on and after the Lummen Interchange.
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Old March 26th, 2012, 09:39 PM   #1868
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Indeed. The E40 east of Leuven is a disgrace. In Wallonia Ónd Flanders.
Not true... From Leuven to Tienen, the road is mostly in good to exellent condition. The old concrete section starts juft after exit Tienen... And even this isn't very bad at all, it's only very noisy.
And I was glad to see that the section just before and at interchange Loncin was renewed, before that, this section was a real disaster...
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Old March 27th, 2012, 08:26 PM   #1869
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Happy Spring 2012! (picture taken on 26/03/2012)





For your convience, the picture I took in 2011 on 26/03


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Old March 28th, 2012, 11:21 PM   #1870
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Why are people keep saying that drivers are bad in Belgium?
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Old March 28th, 2012, 11:52 PM   #1871
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Probably because they appear so (subjective) and the Belgian traffic fatalities are much higher than surrounding countries (objective).
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Old March 29th, 2012, 12:13 AM   #1872
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Traffic safety increased to a massive extent over the last decade and logically fatalities dropped drastically in the same amount of time. Much of the image of the "unsafe Belgian traffic" is thanks to subjective feelings of our northern and eastern neighbours.
Objectively, traffic here probably reflects the way Belgians are. A "healthy way of putting regulations aside" with respect and manners towards others.
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Old March 29th, 2012, 11:46 AM   #1873
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Yep, we are just a bit slacky on the rules. But I like it that way. Otherwise things would be boring anyway...
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Old March 31st, 2012, 09:13 AM   #1874
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The E40 was closed down this week because a driver hit an LPG tank at a service station.

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Old March 31st, 2012, 09:21 AM   #1875
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Nice photo. You can see the single-span overpass, nowadays they don't build those as much.
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Old March 31st, 2012, 10:49 AM   #1876
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Nice picture!

The track narrows as the barrier bends quite a bit inside (shoulder). Not really to be called safe, i guess.
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Old March 31st, 2012, 10:51 AM   #1877
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True, stylistically they're very appealing and we still have alot of them over here but whenever one of them is hit they're lost because it's a single construction. That's why new overpasses are always build with a central supportive construction. They're cheaper as well to build


They use more steel for the new ones




Where in old ones like these more concrete was needed


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Old April 11th, 2012, 04:04 PM   #1878
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N31 Brugge

Two new tunnels opened to traffic today in Brugge. Flemish minister Hilde Crevits inaugurated the two tunnels in the N31 expressway that bypasses the city of Brugge.

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Old April 11th, 2012, 05:56 PM   #1879
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they worked pretty fast.


Dec: 21 it looked like this:
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EÚn maand na de update van Daviedoff een kleine update van de rotonde Koning Albert I-Laan en N31. (Foto's: 20 december)

Genomen vanaf de fietsersbrug - Tillegemstraat


De brug in kwestie, helaas door het herfstweer oogt het wat (extra) triestig, wel een mooie brug en een mooi en veilig geheel van alles!




Iets meer in detail






Momenteel
Na de betonwerken van de resterende tunneldelen moet er nog wegenisbeton aangelegd worden en dan kan na de ingebruikname van de pompinstallaties het verkeer van de N31 doorheen de tunnel (dit is voorzien in het voorjaar van 2012). Momenteel is men volop bezig aan de constructie van het tweede brugdek zodat ook de rotonde kan worden vervolledigd.

Fase 4: bouwen fietsersbrug
- autoverkeer op nieuw kruispunt mogelijk
- fietsverkeer via Chartreuseweg en Rijselstraat
- onderbrekingen voor plaatsing brug op precies af te spreken tijdstippen

Fase 5: afwerking – groen
- kruispunt zal opnieuw in gebruik zijn voor alle verkeer.
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Old April 11th, 2012, 06:04 PM   #1880
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And this is the new part of the R4 around Ghent:








I love this place now. The 4 types of Belgian roads in one pic.

Crossing R4 "Schansakker"



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