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Old March 29th, 2017, 04:26 PM   #801
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A new high bridge at Jännevirta on Highway 9 (east of Kuopio).


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Old March 29th, 2017, 09:21 PM   #802
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A new high bridge at Jännevirta on Highway 9
That long-awaited new bridge removes a severe bottleneck from the road and waterway network. The road crosses the Saimaa inland deep-water waterway network of 770 kilometers. As the vertical clearance of the current bridge is 1.4 meters only from the highwater, it is opened about 500 times during the summer boating season.

The current bridge dates back to 1951, and it has exceeded its lifetime. Two years ago, two support structures collapsed. They were repaired, but lower speed and weight limits were introduced.

The width of the waterway at the bridge is 11.8 meters only, thus making the operations extremely challenging:





The new bridge will be compatible to Saimax class vessels with its vertical clearance of 24.5 meters. The main span will be 120 meters, and the width of the waterway at the maximum vertical clearance will be about 70 meters. The total length of the new bridge will be 577 meters.
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Old April 18th, 2017, 02:09 PM   #803
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Helsinki's new mayor Jan Vapaavuori considers it awkward that the city's center hasn't got a proper tunnel network for main directions and the 2005 Red-Green-buried Central Tunnel (3+3 expwy under the center) is still not built.

Now Greens lost all their vicemayor-posts and the old axis of National Coalition and SDP will take at last power again. According to the mayor that includes major infrastructural investments, such as the newly included metro to Vuosaari harbor and to Jakomäki-Hakunila, the tunnel network and the tunnels connecting Road 100 to 1, 4/E75 (upgrading to 4+4 on that one) and Hermanni harbor road, and that tunnel will lead to another leading to the central one, which means an expressway network thru downtown in the nearby years, hopefully.

The mayor stated that there are no "boulevards", or noisy streets which Greens wanted to convert motorways into with help from now not elected green-NClists, if a proper motorway does not run underneath it. Hurray!
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Old April 19th, 2017, 12:14 AM   #804
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Helsinki's new mayor Jan Vapaavuori considers it awkward that the city's center hasn't got a proper tunnel network for main directions and the 2005 Red-Green-buried Central Tunnel (3+3 expwy under the center) is still not built.

Now Greens lost all their vicemayor-posts and the old axis of National Coalition and SDP will take at last power again. According to the mayor that includes major infrastructural investments, such as the newly included metro to Vuosaari harbor and to Jakomäki-Hakunila, the tunnel network and the tunnels connecting Road 100 to 1, 4/E75 (upgrading to 4+4 on that one) and Hermanni harbor road, and that tunnel will lead to another leading to the central one, which means an expressway network thru downtown in the nearby years, hopefully.

The mayor stated that there are no "boulevards", or noisy streets which Greens wanted to convert motorways into with help from now not elected green-NClists, if a proper motorway does not run underneath it. Hurray!
This piece of "information" is useless without a source. Please refer to it.
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Old April 19th, 2017, 02:45 PM   #806
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124 meter long steel beams have been assembled at the site of the bridge at Jännevirta (Highway 9).


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Old April 23rd, 2017, 06:09 PM   #807
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This piece of "information" is useless without a source. Please refer to it.
This looks like another of RV's delusional motorway fantasies that we regularly get in this thread. The following link has the actual election results in Helsinki - Greens gained 1.7%, SDP lost 3%. Why would the city suddenly start building a tunnel network for cars? Beats me.

https://vaalit.yle.fi/results/kv2017...unicipality/91
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Old April 24th, 2017, 10:41 PM   #808
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Now Greens lost all their vicemayor-posts and the old axis of National Coalition and SDP will take at last power again.
Do you intentionally mislead people, or are you simply living in alternative reality?



http://yle.fi/uutiset/osasto/news/ne...d_time/9578023
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Old April 25th, 2017, 03:37 AM   #809
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just curious but... why would such graphic be produced in English?
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Old April 25th, 2017, 09:37 AM   #810
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just curious but... why would such graphic be produced in English?
In civilized countries, this kind of information is often made public in other languages than the official ones, too, if the potential audience is non-minor.
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Old April 26th, 2017, 08:05 AM   #811
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English is known widely in many European countries - most of the educated population in Western Europe is fluent in English - which means these graphics are easy to create as the people making them are likely fluent. The advantage of making them is as stated above, much easier for international interests to understand.

From personal experience it is very easy to get by in western / Northern Europe knowing only English. Almost everybody has at least a basic understanding of English, and a large enough proportion knows it that you seem to rarely have issues.
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Wholly offtopic, but...

Finnish is one of the hardest languages to learn due to its distinctive, wholly unusual grammar and vocabulary, only maybe Chinese is harder. And it isn't helped by the fact that Finns are good at English, they don't like hearing bad Finnish, and will switch to English immediately if you try.

So English has become a sort of de facto second language in Finland. It makes sense to produce important information in English, because you generally do want immigrants and various other foreigners to be aware of local matters, or even better, actively participate in them.
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Old April 26th, 2017, 08:08 PM   #813
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Wholly offtopic, but...

Finnish is one of the hardest languages to learn due to its distinctive, wholly unusual grammar and vocabulary, only maybe Chinese is harder. And it isn't helped by the fact that Finns are good at English, they don't like hearing bad Finnish, and will switch to English immediately if you try.
There are various opinions on the difficulty to learn Finnish. Yes, the typical opinions are "impossible" and "extremely difficult". However, some people say that the grammar is complex but systematic. Perhaps those people having a linguistics background learn new languages more easily.

The whole concept (grammar, vocabulary, sex-neutrality, conjugation and postpositions instead of prepositions, vowel-intensity, no articles, pretty long words, etc) is different from the big languages. Despite its complexity, the grammar lacks quite important things like the future tense.

The conjugation might be a nightmare to the foreigners. For example, the plural may be expressed in some words by adding a single "e" or "i" somewhere in the middle of the word: "ovi" (door), "oven" (genitive single), "ovien" (genitive plural) or "risti" (cross), "ristin" (genitive single), "ristien" (genitive plural).

The "official" dictionary lists 49 different conjugation schemes for nominals (nouns, adjectives, numerals, pronouns) and 26 ones for verbs. In addition, many words have a second conjugation dimension, something what is called Stufenwechsel in German, the gradation. There are 13 schemes of those. For example, the word "jalka" (leg, foot) has the conjugation scheme 9D (9 as the primary scheme and D for the gradation):

jalka-jalan-jalkaa-jalkaan (four selected cases, single)
jalat-jalkojen(,jalkain)-jalkoja-jalkoihin (plural)

The Harry Potter index tells something about how the language is written: A 600-page Harry Potter book in English may be 800 pages in Finnish when the layouts are similar.
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Old May 24th, 2017, 12:13 PM   #814
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Hybrid Ferry on Parainen-Nauvo Route

A new ferry will begin her traffic on the Parainen-Neuvo route in June. The route on the road 180 is the busiest ferry route in Finland, and heavily loaded especially during the weekends.

https://www.google.fi/maps/@60.22223...7i13312!8i6656

The ferry is a diesel-electric hybrid one. It is expected to run 98% of the driving time on electricity. The crossing time is 9 minutes and the charging time is 6 minutes while loading and unloading.

The ferry was built in Gdynia, Poland, and it was towed to Finland last week.





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The ferry is a diesel-electric hybrid one. It is expected to run 98% of the driving time on electricity. The crossing time is 9 minutes and the charging time is 6 minutes while loading and unloading.
What's the diesel engine for then? Can't it goes 100% electric like a Norwegian one?

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What's the diesel engine for then? Can't it goes 100% electric like a Norwegian one?

As the text tells, an extra boost may be needed in challenging ice conditions.

Of course, an option to sail on diesel provides with an extra flexibility in case a need to move the ferry elsewhere.
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Old May 31st, 2017, 01:42 PM   #817
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370 Special Transport Departures

A new wind power park is under construction close to the town of Kristiinankaupunki at the Finnish west coast. A total of 34 power stations will be installed by the summer 2018.

The parts will be transported about 150 kilometers from the port of Vaasa. About 370 special transports are needed to carry the parts. The longest ones will be about 65 meters in length. The trip from the port to the power park takes about three hours, mostly on the backbone road 8/E8.
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Interesting developments.

Probably should not stick my nose into this, but both the ferry service above and the windmills are placed in the few remaining enclaves with Swedish speaking majority, or what? Is the norm in Finland still to use the Finnish names in English?
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Interesting developments.

Probably should not stick my nose into this, but both the ferry service above and the windmills are placed in the few remaining enclaves with Swedish speaking majority, or what? Is the norm in Finland still to use the Finnish names in English?
Yes, they are, and no, it's not the norm.

Since neither Kristinestad nor Pargas has an established name in the English language, the names used in the local majority language should be used when referring to those in a conversation in English.
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Yes, they are, and no, it's not the norm.

Since neither Kristinestad nor Pargas has an established name in the English language, the names used in the local majority language should be used when referring to those in a conversation in English.
I do not believe there is such a norm. It would lead to a confusion in many cases. In this particular case, the question around the local language politics is fully irrelevant.

Vaasa, BTW, is not Swedish majority.
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