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Old December 13th, 2015, 11:29 PM   #3001
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There's a "box" like this covering a railway in Barcelona, too (street view). It has windows and all and looks good from the inside, but outside it has created quite a few "dark" areas -in fact they tried to rob me in one of them a while ago. It's definitely better than when the tracks were uncovered, and putting them underground would have been prohibitely expensive, so I guess I have mixed feelings about this.
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Old December 18th, 2015, 09:25 PM   #3002
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The Bundesrat (Federal Council) has approved the widening of A1 between Luterbach (A5) and Härkingen (A2) to six lanes over a distance of 22 kilometers. The project cost is estimated at 818 million CHF. Funding has been allocated in 2014. Construction is planned to start in 2022, and will last for 6 years. The 2014 average traffic is 90,000 vehicles per day.

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Old December 19th, 2015, 09:55 AM   #3003
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Why a start so delayed?
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Old December 19th, 2015, 10:07 AM   #3004
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Why a start so delayed?
The Swiss budget process often has a long pipeline of projects that will only be funded at a later date. It is a way to placate the electorate when budget plans for infrastructure are subject to referenda challenges. Having a pipeline of projects spread all over the country gives them a sense that there will be "long term fairness" in investments, even if right now there isn't a project u/c in a specific canton/area.

They have similar stuff for other things coordinated by the federal government such as railways.
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Old December 19th, 2015, 11:04 AM   #3005
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In addition to that, it is also likely that they have to go through the procedures yet. Although this is a fairly straight-forward widening project. It's a symmetric widening from the center outward. The spatial impact is not that great, but they need to replace every single bridge, which also explains the high cost of 818 million CHF for 22 kilometers, which is 37 million CHF / € 34 million per kilometer. There are no tunnels in this segment though.
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Old January 27th, 2016, 10:15 PM   #3006
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Biaschinna viaduct, A2

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Old January 27th, 2016, 10:27 PM   #3007
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Driving in the night you can't see this from the motorway
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Old January 30th, 2016, 09:07 PM   #3008
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Plan to improve the A1/A1 branch/A9 interchange. 10 years of work for 1.2 billion (of which 510 million already approved, for the red and orange parts in the map below).

Three new junctions will be built near Lausanne: Ecublens, Blécherette and Chavannes.

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Old February 4th, 2016, 11:21 PM   #3009
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A new project for a Grimsel railway tunnel has been presented today. It is not a road tunnel, but would likely have a car shuttle like other long rail tunnels.

Today the Grimsel and the nearby pass roads are closed in winter, leaving the section of Alps between the Lötschberg tunnels and the Seelisberg road tunnel on Lake Lucerne without any connection between the two sides of the mountains.

More details in the railway forum: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=2319
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Old February 5th, 2016, 02:17 PM   #3010
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In point of fact, there is a blatant lack of an all-year round proper road connection between Canton of Valais and North/East of it. A national road or main road would be welcomed.

Regrettably, there is only one viable road connection for the moment: A9 motorway going on its western extremity through Canton of Vaud; making a huge detour for inhabitants going to Middle and Eastern Switzerland!

Definitely, a proper road tunnel and access route should be built between Canton of Valais and Bern
and/or Uri/Ticino.

P.S.: I do not consider Lötschberg and Furka tunnels as "viable road connection", as they are only shuttle services operating at large intervals - as large as only once per hour - and aren't available 24 hours - per example, only from 07h till 19h - plus you have to pay a private company to use them - up to 33 CHF one-way for a single car.
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Old February 5th, 2016, 02:22 PM   #3011
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How much would it cost to "cover" (with snow sheds aka semi-tunnels/open-tunnels) the route over the Grimsel pass? It is a rather high-quality road as mountain passes go, wide and with acceptable curves. What about a short road tunnel under the Grimsel pass, avoiding the most exposed sectors?
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Old February 5th, 2016, 03:23 PM   #3012
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One of the key features of those passes is the amazing scenery. That would be reduced to near-zero if they decide to cover it all. H21 is also covered for extended length across the Great St. Bernard Pass. Of course, you can't always avoid that due to avalanches, but for tourist purposes it's much better if it is covered as little as safely possible.
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Old February 28th, 2016, 02:15 PM   #3013
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The second Gotthard road tunnel seems to have been accepted in today's referendum, although there aren't the definitive results yet.
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Old February 28th, 2016, 02:20 PM   #3014
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The second Gotthard road tunnel seems to have been accepted in today's referendum, although there aren't the definitive results yet.
Second as in one-lane-per-tube (with possibility of temporary closure and diversion from one tube to other for maintenance) or as in widening to 2x2 with same cap on truck traffic?
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Old February 28th, 2016, 02:23 PM   #3015
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Which new motorways are currently under construction?
Which new motorways will be opened next?

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Old February 28th, 2016, 02:28 PM   #3016
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Old February 28th, 2016, 02:30 PM   #3017
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It will (would?) be built as a full two lane tunnel, but officially only one lane will be used. But nobody think this will respected (the federal government doesn't respect the Alpen Initiative either, although it's a law so it should respect it in theory). The second lane would be used as shoulder only, as otherwise there would be 17 km without shoulder. Al in all, I think a compromise will be found, with shoulder running on peak days, the second lane closed on low traffic days, and a formal limit on the number of trucks (which will in reality not be enforced). This because according to polls Swiss citizens still approve the Alpen Initiative.
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Old February 28th, 2016, 02:37 PM   #3018
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If Switzerland wanted to enforce the cap on truck transalpine traffic, would it even have the rail capacity, right now, to shift this traffic to freight rail? Would it have with the new Gotthard tunnel operating from Dec. this year?

I'm under the impression only a fully new freight railway from Chiasso to Basel with a branch to Schaffenhausen via Zürich would accomplish this.

I also think the mass adoption of electrical cars over next 20 years will reduce the pollution complaints about car traffic in the valleys and part of the noise complaints as well.
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Old February 28th, 2016, 03:17 PM   #3019
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I am so happy that the second Gotthard road tunnel was accepted !

Oh happy day, oh happy day, when the second tube is on the way!

Finally, that day arrived!

Thank you Swiss people

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Old February 28th, 2016, 04:13 PM   #3020
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Results are not final yet, but with the current state, no single canton has rejected the second tube

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