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Old April 24th, 2011, 11:22 PM   #781
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Old April 25th, 2011, 01:17 AM   #782
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Old April 27th, 2011, 06:49 PM   #783
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I'm back from Denmark. Of interest is the catenary lighting you can see everywhere in and around København. Because it's all very rusty it has a great 1960's atmosphere.

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Old April 27th, 2011, 07:02 PM   #784
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Construction of the Kliplev Motorway Interchange. The new Sønderborg Motorway will start here at E45, and run east towards Sønderborg. Opening in 2012.

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Old April 27th, 2011, 07:15 PM   #785
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Frederikssund Motorway

The Frederikssundmotorvejen is currently U/C between Motorring 3 and Motorring 4 in the western København Metropolitan Area. The western part is mainly the reconfiguration of the existing Jyllingevej. New interchanges will be constructed at the Nordre Ringvej and Motorring 3.

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Old April 27th, 2011, 08:04 PM   #786
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E20 Great Belt Bridge

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The Storebæltsbroen or Great Belt Bridge is a 19 kilometer long fixed link between the islands of Fyn and Sjælland in Denmark. The bridge carries 4 lanes of the E20 motorway and the tolls are € 31 or 220 DKK each way.

The clearance below the deck is a staggering 65 meters and the pylons are 254 meters tall, taller than any other building in Denmark.
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Old April 27th, 2011, 08:27 PM   #787
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Pfff!
U beat me.. I took today almost the same pics at Frederisksundmotorvejen. I will take a look this weekend if i have something new to add.
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Old April 27th, 2011, 08:58 PM   #788
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Thanks for the pictures! Looking forward to the rest of your exploits.

I really like Danish motorway signage - very simple but effective. What a contrast to the mess that are Austrian signs.
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Old April 27th, 2011, 11:54 PM   #789
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First video!

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Old April 28th, 2011, 03:11 AM   #790
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I'm back from Denmark. Of interest is the catenary lighting you can see everywhere in and around København. Because it's all very rusty it has a great 1960's atmosphere.

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More and more of them are changed to new ones in the areas around København. But Denmark never had catenary lighting as much as Netherlands and the UK. And I had never seen SOX-lights in Denmark like they have very much in the Netherlands and the UK.
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Old April 28th, 2011, 11:56 PM   #791
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Nice pictures ChrisZwolle
I have been many times in Denmark, like very much to drive there. They have generally much better standard of highways and the streets than Norway. I can`t understand how they can afford it and Norway not. It makes me so angry....!!!
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Old April 29th, 2011, 12:27 AM   #792
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Nice pictures ChrisZwolle
I have been many times in Denmark, like very much to drive there. They have generally much better standard of highways and the streets than Norway. I can`t understand how they can afford it and Norway not. It makes me so angry....!!!
Many people lives in a small area in Denmark. Very few people live in a big area in Norway.
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Old April 29th, 2011, 08:49 AM   #793
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Only eastern Sjælland is densely populated. This is also the only place where six-lane motorways can be found (apart from the Lillebælt Bridge). However, E45 needs six-laning. Especially the section between Århus and Kolding has a huge amount of truck traffic.
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Old April 29th, 2011, 10:42 AM   #794
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New video: Motorring 3 of Copenhagen. This bypass was recently widened to 2x3 lanes and it looks very good. Also seen is the new interchange with the Frederikssunds Motorway.

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Old April 29th, 2011, 06:57 PM   #795
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E47 Køge - Rødbyhavn

This photo set follows E47 southbound from the Køge-Vest interchange with E20 to the southern terminus at Rødbyhavn. The motorway runs across the islands of Sjælland, Falster and Lolland. There are two major engineering objects; a large bridge and a tunnel that connects the three islands. The speed limit is mostly 130 km/h, but the southern section across Lolland is mostly limited at 110 km/h because shoulders are absent here. Traffic volumes are very low, especially south of Vordingborg. This set follows about 120 kilometers of motorway.

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Old April 30th, 2011, 02:25 PM   #796
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Are there speed cameras in Denmark? I have never seen one on my travels. Most people don't seem to speed anyway, even the 130 km/h limit on motorways is not reached by most traffic.

Another interesting observation I made in Denmark is the way traffic lights work. For instance, I noticed two types of left turns; protected and unprotected left turns. Protected left turns have their own phase with no conflicts. These left turns are usually separated from the other directions by a small traffic island. This is most common on important intersections on multi-lane urban boulevards.

Unprotected left-turns seem widespread, and you will have to await traffic in the other directions that passes straight through the intersection. Another thing I noticed is that right turns and cyclist/pedestrian crossings are usually also not conflict-free. If you make a right-turn, you will notice the pedestrian/cyclist traffic light will go green 2 - 3 seconds earlier, after which you can turn right. However, you must still yield to cyclists/pedestrian going straight ahead.

Comparing this to the Netherlands, I must say I'm very pleased with the Danish system. Although it may seem somewhat less safe, the Netherlands is overprotective, with almost no conflicts. Left, right, ahead, cyclists, pedestrians, etc all have their conflict-free phases. This adds significantly to the whole cycle phase duration of a signaled intersection. In Denmark you usually do not have to wait more than 1 or 2 phases at intersections, while in the Netherlands it's common to have to wait 3 or 4 phases.
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People don't even reach the speed limit in Denmark?! !
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Old April 30th, 2011, 04:02 PM   #798
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Are there speed cameras in Denmark? I have never seen one on my travels. Most people don't seem to speed anyway, even the 130 km/h limit on motorways is not reached by most traffic.

Another interesting observation I made in Denmark is the way traffic lights work. For instance, I noticed two types of left turns; protected and unprotected left turns. Protected left turns have their own phase with no conflicts. These left turns are usually separated from the other directions by a small traffic island. This is most common on important intersections on multi-lane urban boulevards.

Unprotected left-turns seem widespread, and you will have to await traffic in the other directions that passes straight through the intersection. Another thing I noticed is that right turns and cyclist/pedestrian crossings are usually also not conflict-free. If you make a right-turn, you will notice the pedestrian/cyclist traffic light will go green 2 - 3 seconds earlier, after which you can turn right. However, you must still yield to cyclists/pedestrian going straight ahead.

Comparing this to the Netherlands, I must say I'm very pleased with the Danish system. Although it may seem somewhat less safe, the Netherlands is overprotective, with almost no conflicts. Left, right, ahead, cyclists, pedestrians, etc all have their conflict-free phases. This adds significantly to the whole cycle phase duration of a signaled intersection. In Denmark you usually do not have to wait more than 1 or 2 phases at intersections, while in the Netherlands it's common to have to wait 3 or 4 phases.
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Old April 30th, 2011, 07:16 PM   #799
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I found out something interesting. Out of all motorway sections of E20 (Esbjerg - København), either end of the Storebælt Strait were the first to be constructed, both in 1957. In both cases, there wouldn't be a complete motorway until into the 1980's. The Storebælt Bridge wasn't completed until 1998, no less than 41 years after the first motorway connections on either side were constructed.

Is there a particular reason for this? Was the Great Belt Bridge (Storebælt) already planned in the 1950's? Or were these early sections just places where traffic could queue before the ferry at peak days?

It's interesting, because these seemingly low-importance sections (at that time) were opened only one year after the first motorway in Denmark.

I visualized it here:
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I found out something interesting. Out of all motorway sections of E20 (Esbjerg - København), either end of the Storebælt Strait were the first to be constructed, both in 1957. In both cases, there wouldn't be a complete motorway until into the 1980's. The Storebælt Bridge wasn't completed until 1998, no less than 41 years after the first motorway connections on either side were constructed.

Is there a particular reason for this? Was the Great Belt Bridge (Storebælt) already planned in the 1950's? Or were these early sections just places where traffic could queue before the ferry at peak days?

It's interesting, because these seemingly low-importance sections (at that time) were opened only one year after the first motorway in Denmark.
Chris you know, as early as in the fifties a steel bridge was planned, but at that time it would ruin the afterwar Denmark. During the sixties and seventies, a lot of different plans was discussed, but again other major infrastructure projects came first.

A lot of problems influenced the construction, the Great Belt is a major traffic route from the intire Baltic region, so the hight of the bridge was very important, and thats one of the reasons, we could not build it in the fifties. At that time, it would have had a clearence of only 30-40 meters.

Today, the excisting clearence hight of approx 65m is allready a problem to the huge newbuildings from the Baltic area. The next major project, the "Fehmarn Sund Tunnel", build by Denmark, will offcourse not have the same problems, unless the ships has a severe and unnatural draft.!

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