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Old June 28th, 2011, 04:25 PM   #841
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Wow, Vejdirektoratet is on a roll! It seems like the Netherlands and Denmark are the only two countries in northwestern Europe with a lot of road projects these days. Progress has stalled significantly in Germany, Ireland and France, not to mention Belgium and the United Kingdom where not much has happened in the last 2 decades.
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Old June 28th, 2011, 04:29 PM   #842
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Wow, Vejdirektoratet is on a roll! It seems like the Netherlands and Denmark are the only two countries in northwestern Europe with a lot of road projects these days. Progress has stalled significantly in Germany, Ireland and France, not to mention Belgium and the United Kingdom where not much has happened in the last 2 decades.
Sweden isn't too bad either, considering our population density.
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Old June 28th, 2011, 06:13 PM   #843
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Worth pointing out that while Ireland's pace has slowed down, it built its network very quickly, with the 'interurbans' all being finished in the last 18 months, and most of the work done in the last few years - when you open 75% of your planned network in 2 years, the pace is going to slow down!

There's not much left of the planned network to actually build - M/N11 from Dublin down to halfway between Enniscorthy and Wexford (but with a gap or two in motorway status - I think it comes out at 2 schemes), Gort to Tuam and Limerick to Cork. The last one being the only one that's actually needed urgently, and others are nice-to-haves with not massive flows of traffic (but then a lot of the current network is quiet anyway). There's still tons of little projects on more minor roads too, but they got held back for the big projects and now due to the debt and lack of demand for lots of new housing which was the driving force behind many of them.

The UK has done a ton of motorway widening in the last few years - the M25 has had billions poured into widening it since the year 2000, and the M1, M6 and M62 have had large scale widening projects planned, with at least some parts coming into fruition, Scotland has had a boom in motorways this year, what with the M80 phase 1 opening in Feb, M74 opening today, M80 phase 2 finishing in the Autumn and M8 completion given the green light. Upgrades to the A/M90 route are planned - a couple of billionaire projects there. So it's not like not much has happened, it's just that not much that wasn't widening or in Scotland has happened.
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Old June 28th, 2011, 07:27 PM   #844
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Nikolaj's link doesn't work!
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Old June 29th, 2011, 11:28 AM   #845
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Nikolaj's link doesn't work!
We try again:

http://www.vejdirektoratet.dk/Hent/3...ort379_net.pdf

http://www.vejdirektoratet.dk/Hent/3...9_del2_net.pdf

The second one gives the best overview. The other one is very text heavy.
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Old July 1st, 2011, 03:59 PM   #846
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4 new 130 km/h highway stretches from newyear.:

•Midtjyske motorvej. Det drejer sig om strækningen fra Skanderborg søerne frem til motorvejskryds Århus Syd (M60, fra km 151 til 165)

•Esbjergsmotorvejen. Strækningen er tæt ved Esbjerg havn (M52, fra km 286 til 292)

•Vestmotorvejen. Her er der tale om strækningen fra den østlige tilslutning til Slagelse og frem til det sted, hvor der ikke længere er nødspor på Vestmotorvejen (M20, fra km 86 til 97)

•Nordjyske motorvej. Strækningen går fra Sønderup, hvor rute 13 fra Viborg tilsluttes motorvejen, frem til Dall i den sydlige udkant af Aalborg (M70, fra km 261,7 til 284)

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Old July 1st, 2011, 04:05 PM   #847
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Nice.

What I noticed this year (I think it was E20 / Vestmotorvejen) that the median guardrail was lacking every now and then, and they installed a brief 90 km/h speed limit. Any reason why?
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Old July 1st, 2011, 04:32 PM   #848
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There are some small gaps on E47 / Sydmotorvejen as well, but there is no decrease to 90 km/h. Just before the gaps, there are signs reading "Autovaern mangler" (No median guardrail). These gaps are probably there to facilitate emergency vehicle mobility, or am I wrong?
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Old July 1st, 2011, 05:16 PM   #849
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Nice.

What I noticed this year (I think it was E20 / Vestmotorvejen) that the median guardrail was lacking every now and then, and they installed a brief 90 km/h speed limit. Any reason why?
The four stretches I mention above, will all have new and safer guardrails, before newyear. That´s why the speedlimit is not raised now.

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Old July 2nd, 2011, 12:04 AM   #850
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From BBC

"Denmark, one of the Schengen states, is to re-impose controls on its frontiers with Germany and Sweden within weeks, amid pressure from the right."

The Danish Parliament approved the bill today, but no one seems to be able to explain what this will actually mean at the border. Is this just customs inspections or actual border checks (passports/id)? If it's the latter it certainly seems like a violation of both Schengen and the Nordic passport union?

Again, if it's only customs inspections maybe this whole thing is a bit exaggerated in the press: Sweden has had customs inspections at the Oresund bridge for years... and the Swedish Customs Service has more people employed in the province of Scania alone than their Danish counterpart has in the whole country.
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I think the wild-west stories about the border checks are somewhat exaggerated, I've read the Danish customs will employ 30 people along the German border. I mean, how much can you check with 30 people at a dozen border crossings 24/7? This hardly exceeds the regular "random" checks every country is still allowed to do.
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Old July 2nd, 2011, 08:46 AM   #852
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"Denmark, one of the Schengen states, is to re-impose controls on its frontiers with Germany and Sweden within weeks, amid pressure from the right."

The Danish Parliament approved the bill today, but no one seems to be able to explain what this will actually mean at the border. Is this just customs inspections or actual border checks (passports/id)? If it's the latter it certainly seems like a violation of both Schengen and the Nordic passport union?

Again, if it's only customs inspections maybe this whole thing is a bit exaggerated in the press: Sweden has had customs inspections at the Oresund bridge for years... and the Swedish Customs Service has more people employed in the province of Scania alone than their Danish counterpart has in the whole country.
The extra controls are only customs, but the police naturally can make controls whenever they like, just like any other country within the EU. But the media have seen it as a big thing which it naturally isn´t.

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Old July 2nd, 2011, 11:52 AM   #853
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Oh it is, because we should be 'one Europe' with no borders and anyone that disagrees is called a Nazi by our esteemed President Rumpey-Pumpey and other top Eurocrats.

Odd that we can have customs barriers, the EU being, first and foremost, a customs union. Then again, Britain has customs (not just passport control) after the Calais-Dover ferry.
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I started to work on my video backlog of Denmark.

Here's the latest:

Primærrute or Primary Route 21 into Copenhagen. It's one of the older motorways of Denmark, which is visible, it appears somewhat worn out.
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Old July 2nd, 2011, 04:26 PM   #855
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I started to work on my video backlog of Denmark.

Here's the latest:

Primærrute or Primary Route 21 into Copenhagen. It's one of the older motorways of Denmark, which is visible, it appears somewhat worn out.
Even though the roads do appear somewhat worn, I do like Danish signage and the overhead gantries. It looks simple, concise and easy to read. It appears quite different from other European countries that traditionally use the blue motorway signage. Is there any reason why Denmark uses green, but blue for the exits (as in at 1:37 in the video)?
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COPENHAGEN - Denmark on Friday approved a decision to re-establish permanent customs checkpoints at its borders, removing the last hurdle to a plan aimed at stopping crime and illegal immigration but which has been strongly criticized in Europe as violating visa-free travel rules.

The 17-member parliamentary Finance Committee announced the approval after lawmakers voted to reject an opposition motion to abandon it.

Germany and the European Union say border checkpoints violate EU rules on unrestricted travel in the Schengen zone and regulations on free movement within the bloc. In Denmark, opponents say it is a sop to nationalists, business organizations fear it will harm Danish exports and locals envision long lines of cars waiting to cross borders.

The new controls being introduced over several years include new customs buildings at crossings, lower speed limits at checkpoints and new equipment for reading license plates of passing vehicles.

Danish officials expect to have 98 additional customs offiers at crossing points. On Tuesday, about 50 of them will join the country's 142-man force at the borders with Germany and Sweden.

The government has insisted that customs checks will be random and will not include checking passports.

It has said the plan would not violate any rules and that it will work closely with the EU head office in Brussels. The EU is concerned that the plan will send out a wrong signal at a time when European nations are bickering over both borders and currency.

The finance committee that approved the decision is controlled by the centre-right government and its ally, the nationalist Danish People's Party, which had been pushing for the plan.

The opposition has vowed to make changes to the plan if it wins elections that have to be held before Nov. 12. The opposition has been leading in opinion pools in recent months.

"The plan is useless, expensive," said Anders Samuelsen, chairman of Liberal Alliance, a small centre party. "It is a waste of the taxpayers' money and a hindrance to Danish businesses."

The Schengen zone, considered one of the cornerstones of European unity, was created in 1985. Border controls were abolished and replaced by random customs and police checks. Today, it has grown to 25 nations.

When Denmark joined the Schengen zone in 1991, border barriers, control stations and uniformed officers were removed.

Source: 570news.
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Even though the roads do appear somewhat worn, I do like Danish signage and the overhead gantries. It looks simple, concise and easy to read. It appears quite different from other European countries that traditionally use the blue motorway signage. Is there any reason why Denmark uses green, but blue for the exits (as in at 1:37 in the video)?
The standard of the road you exit unto decides what the colour will be, e.g. blue if you exit unto a regular road.
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Funny that regular roads have white signage with red letters, not blue-white signs.

But it's easy to distinguish motorway to non-motorway interchanges, especially where exit density is high such as in the Copenhagen metropolitan area.
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The standard of the road you exit unto decides what the colour will be, e.g. blue if you exit unto a regular road.
That's actually very useful information by colour coding the actual exits, where you might have more complex interchanges with multiple interchanges (motorway, non-motorway and even lesser road).
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Funny that regular roads have white signage with red letters, not blue-white signs.

But it's easy to distinguish motorway to non-motorway interchanges, especially where exit density is high such as in the Copenhagen metropolitan area.
On non-motorways are all overhead signs also blue with white text.
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