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Old June 28th, 2016, 03:47 PM   #761
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Moose Collision on Motorway

A driver in another vehicle managed to record a collision of a passenger car and a moose. The incident took place yesterday on the inbound lanes of the road 3/E12 about 18 kilometers north of Helsinki. No severe personal injuries. The moose died.



It is easy to understand why a collision with a moose can be fatal. A full-grown male may weigh 600+ kilograms, and as the video shows, a collision may put it to fly high.
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Old July 4th, 2016, 03:47 AM   #762
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Disminued to 1+1... Widening of 3 E12 quitted, as Ring 3 3rd Phase...

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Old July 5th, 2016, 11:17 AM   #763
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A driver in another vehicle managed to record a collision of a passenger car and a moose. The incident took place yesterday on the inbound lanes of the road 3/E12 about 18 kilometers north of Helsinki. No severe personal injuries. The moose died.
Don't all Finnish motorways have wildlife fences to prevent accidents like these?
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Old July 6th, 2016, 07:53 AM   #764
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Don't all Finnish motorways have wildlife fences to prevent accidents like these?
Most of the rural sections do have. In the urban areas, they bring less value because of the high number of holes required. They even may turn harmful: The moose can find its way to between the fences, but because it is an idiot, it most probably cannot leave the road, and it will panic. A moose in panic is really dangerous.

This case happened close to Helsinki. The animal fence begins a few kilometers to the north.
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Old September 13th, 2016, 11:42 AM   #765
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7/E18 Helsinki-Karhula(Kotka)

I have published a video about a 120 km ride on 7/E18 on a nice summer evening.

The motorway replaces the old road from 1930's and 1950's. It was built in several phases beginning in mid-1970's. The 53 km section Koskenkylä-Karhula (exits 65-72) was opened to public in 2014. The final section from Hamina to Vaalimaa at the Russian border is under construction.

As you see, the rock cuttings on the newest sections are quite deep. The current policy is to get all the needed earth materials from the alignment of the road. In Finland, rock is almost always available. 5.3 million cubic meters of earth was moved during the construction, including 3.8 million cubic meters of rock.

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Old October 7th, 2016, 11:06 AM   #766
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Massive Oversize Transport

The process equipment to the bio product mill being constructed in Äänekoski were transported from Pietarsaari between Sep 24th and 29th. The transportation project is said to be the biggest special transport ever in Finland.

The shortest route has too many physical obstacles. Therefore, the selected route was about 400 km in length.

The biggest load was 9 meters wide an 10+ meters high. The convoy consisted of six trucks, ten pilot cars, two cranes and a restaurant. In addition, there were numerous people from local road agencies and electricity distributors assisting en route.









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Old October 7th, 2016, 03:30 PM   #767
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Such a transport would be impossible in the Netherlands. There would be too many trees over the road, overpasses, traffic lights and signs. Of course some of it can be removed.

Transports like these require a thorough inspection of the route.
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Old October 7th, 2016, 03:50 PM   #768
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Such a transport would be impossible in the Netherlands. There would be too many trees over the road, overpasses, traffic lights and signs. Of course some of it can be removed.

Transports like these require a thorough inspection of the route.
Planning such a transport may take a year or more.

There is a network of special transport routes in Finland covering most cities and major industrial areas. Putting portals, power lines, traffic signs etc on those routes is restricted, or the street furniture is designed for easy removal.

For example, the new exit 18 on 3/E12 to be opened in this month, created a new bridge over the motorway. The parallel old highway 130 is the special transport route, not the motorway. At the new exit, there is a roundabout at the road 130. There is a ready-made route for oversize loads through the roundabout. Only a couple of traffic signs need to be removed.
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Old October 24th, 2016, 05:11 PM   #769
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An overhead sign portal collapsed in Tampere southern interchange after a collision by a private car. No severe injuries, though it looks bad.

Story in Finnish with some images: http://www.aamulehti.fi/kotimaa/kuva...n-pahemminkin/

Strictly speaking, unlike Aamulehti says, this is not road 3 ("Kolmostie"), nor has it been for several decades. A driver coming from this direction will only join road 3 (along with 9) after the interchange.
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Old November 7th, 2016, 10:03 PM   #770
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New Exit 18 on 3/E12 to Open

The exit 18 on the road 3/E12 will open on November 18th, 2016. The exit is located about 60 kilometers to the north of Helsinki, and it will be the main access route to the industrial area currently under construction. The road construction works begun in the summer 2015.

The exit is partially paid by the company Valio, which is building a new milk processing plant. Its annual production capacity will be 120 million kilograms of milk-based snacks.

Because the regional road 130, the old road 3, runs in parallel, it has been moved to the east.



The project has their own Facebook site. It is in Finnish only, but there are 60+ interesting photos and videos available showing the progress of the work in the arctic conditions.

https://www.facebook.com/Arolammin-e...9789/timeline/
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Old November 11th, 2016, 07:40 AM   #771
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Experimenting a Synthetic Street Video

I spent some time to experiment a fully synthetic street video based on the Google Earth imagery. An Oziexplorer-created track file is converted to a KML formatted file. The show is performed by Google Earth tour function. Cyberlink Screen Recorder captures the screen to a raw MP4 footage file, and Cyberlink Powerdirector is used to compile the final video. The soundtrack music is synthetic also, created by Computoser.



It is Mannerheimintie, the main street of Helsinki.
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Old November 14th, 2016, 11:38 PM   #772
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Finland's longest road tunnel at 2.3 km, Rantatunneli (literally Shore Tunnel), is being opened tonight in Tampere. It will be a part of road 12 and bypass seven formerly traffic light controlled intersections in an urban area. The old road becomes a local street, and parts of it will be demolished to create space for a new residential area.

Official English propaganda here: http://www2.liikennevirasto.fi/ranta.../#.WCotvsnvgf0
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Unfortunately, the above mentioned tunnel exceeded its capacity three times on its first day of operation and was closed for safety reasons each time.

My guess is that this record-breaking (Norwegians may laugh if they wish) tunnel in an urban area attracted a fair amount of local spectators to just drive through and back again, without any actual need for such traffic.

A part of the problem is that despite the tunnel itself being now completed, lots of connecting streets especially at and near the eastern end are still under construction.

More in Finnish in Aamulehti: http://www.aamulehti.fi/kotimaa/uutt...oksi-24070543/
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Old November 17th, 2016, 04:12 PM   #774
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Seinäjoki East Bypass Opens

Seinäjoki is a provincial center about 350 km to the north of Helsinki. The population of the city is 60,000+.

The last remaining section of the east bypass road was opened yesterday, and the bypass is signed as the road 19. The road is about 18 km in length. It is a grade separated 2+1 road with a middle barrier. Five junctions were built.





This was the last remaining place in Finland where the thru traffic of a main road is routed over the streets of a city center. As the roads 3/19/8 make one of the key national transport corridors, the share of the heavy vehicles is pretty high. That is why the bypass was on top of the local wishlist for decades.



At the north end, the bypass connects to the existing road at a stackabout in Nurmo. The section Seinäjoki-Nurmo will be renumbered to 67 to extend the current road 67 Kaskinen-Seinäjoki.
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Rantatunneli should had been built 2x3 as first planned.

Turku motorway is being widened to 2x3 from Ring II to Tuomarila interchange (though full widening up to Road 2 has been planned for decades making just the lanes narrower), but cheap capacity improving projects haven't been for some reason (one of these is Helsinki city's very car-unfriendly policies) built at all mainly after 40 years ago being postponed every year by 5 to 10 years more into the future despite some 2x2-roads being up to 90,000 ADT (Ring I, Road 45) or 60 000 (Ring II, Ring I with traffic lights, Road 4E 75 up to Järvenpää, Road 3 E 12 up to Klaukkala, Tampere ring and southern access (Road 3 E 12)...) gone on, some impovement has been done, though very little (a new interhange between Ring I and Ring II with a 2x4-section from it to Ring I)).

Seinäjoki by-pass should had been built also 2x2. All these sections will need widening in 5-10 years, and that will cost double than building a proper road in the first place.

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Max 3 Rounds

The following traffic sign was visible earlier this week for a few hours at the stackabout of the recently opened Seinäjoki bypass.



Translated: "Nurmo people: max 3 Rounds"

Nurmo and Seinäjoki are neighbours and people tell jokes about each other. Here, the project engineer lives in Seinäjoki.

It was planned to keep the sign in place for a few days, but the higher authority ordered it to be removed immediately. That area of Finland is not known for a widespread sense of humor.
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Rantatunneli should had been built 2x3 as first planned.
Rantatunneli itself is not a bottleneck even at 2x2. The connecting streets are. No matter the number of lanes, the street network can't take more traffic from 12.
On the other hand, Tampere has a good ring road. 12 should be rerouted through it anyway. Rantatunneli and Tampere-Nokia motorway (until Pitkäniemi) would then become 11. Teiskontie would become 338.
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On the other hand, Tampere has a good ring road. 12 should be rerouted through it anyway. Rantatunneli and Tampere-Nokia motorway (until Pitkäniemi) would then become 11. Teiskontie would become 338.
Well...

Nowadays people have navigators, and those send the thru-traffic of the road 12 to the ring road. In general, the road numbering schemes have less importance than earlier.

I would not make the numbering scheme more confusing than nowadays. The following charts shows the evolution from the past decades.



The current routing 3/E12 and 9/E63 over the ring road is ok, but it leads to somewhat odd kludges. It is somewhat confusing that the NW main route to Vaasa is not 3 but 65. Fortunately, the signs show Vaasa and a dotted 3. In this image, the final destination of 65 (Virrat) is not visible at all:



The current eastbound signage of the road 12 is clear and easy to understand. I do not believe that changing that route to 338 would create any value.



The signage at 12 leads the thru-traffic to the ring road (dotted 12, destination Lahti):


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I don't see how 338 would be any worse than 3495. It wouldn't need to be signposted at all, dotted 9/12 would do.
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I don't see how 338 would be any worse than 3495. It wouldn't need to be signposted at all, dotted 9/12 would do.
Well... Anything is better than the existing 3495 kludge. However, being better is not the same as being good or being worth doing.
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