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Old December 7th, 2009, 10:41 PM   #81
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This doesn't mean relocate existing hospital, but build them in places accessible also by public transport (and also by road).
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Old December 7th, 2009, 11:29 PM   #82
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Ekhm, guise? "Roads in Iceland", not "Hospitals in New York"?
Make a pro/anti sprawl thread on Citytalk... oh wait, there is like a hundred of them :P
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Old December 8th, 2009, 01:00 AM   #83
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Sure, Iceland is big when you look at the map but what remains when you have deducted the glaciers, the lakes, the central highlands, the sandy flood plains, the modern era lava formations, the wetlands, the steep slopes and the ecologically sensitive areas? Only a tiny fraction of the land area that is actually suitable for human habitation. Land is not abundant and we have no less a reason to sensibly manage its use than do other European nations. I would very much hate to see every suitable piece of land in the southwest be consumed by sprawl but that will be the reality if the development trends of the last few decades continue in the future.
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Old December 11th, 2009, 01:30 PM   #84
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The Icelandic Road Administration has released a draft of the environmental impact report for the expansion of a 13 km section of Suđurlandsvegur to four lanes. This is the section between the towns of Hveragerđi and Selfoss but it is a part of the wider scheme to connect Reykjavík and Selfoss with a four lane road for a total distance 50 km. The section currently has a AADT of 7500 but with a large seasonal variation where traffic is much higher in summers. The projected AADT for 2030 is 15000.

This section involves four dumbbell interchanges, a side road for local access and a new crossing over the river Ölfusá. There are two options for crossing the river, one with a single bridge with a span of 190 meters and another one involving two bridges and stopping on an island in the river. The bridges of the latter option would have spans of 150 meters and 120 meters.

Sadly, it will be a while before we can fetch the shovels and start working on this. If the government has its way and manages to start collecting tolls on all the main roads around Reykjavík it might be possible to start this in 2011-2012 but if it fails to implement tolls, nothing is going to happen for many many years.

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Old December 16th, 2009, 01:42 PM   #85
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My vision for the roads of Iceland in 2030.

Blue: Dual carriageway with at least four lanes and complete grade-separation.
Orange: 2+1 road with a steel-cable barrier. Greatly reduced number of local access roads and grade-separation at the busiest intersections.
Green: Important long-distance routes. Built to a good two-lane standard with improved surface quality, road layout and safety features.
Red dotted: New road tunnels. Currently existing tunnels and tunnels currently under construction are not indicated on the map.
Pink dashed: The "Cross-Mordor Expressway". The potential of building paved roads across the central highlands has long been debated. It would greatly reduce distances between parts of the country but winter conditions would be hard to deal with. Such a road would also be controversial from an environmental perspective since it plows through pristine wilderness. I think such a road should only be built by a private entity and financed through tolls so it does not compete for funding with the other routes in the plan.
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Old December 16th, 2009, 07:57 PM   #86
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Hedinsfjardargong opening delayed
At the beginning of April, 2009, the last 40 m of the Hedinsfjardargong tunnel between Ólafsfjördur and Siglufjördur in north Iceland was blasted open. The tunnel will shorten the distance between the two towns to 15 km. Currently, residents have to choose between the 62 km road across Lágheidi mountain, which is closed in winter, and the 234 km road across Öxnadalsheidi mountain. The EUR 42 million tunnel project, undertaken by Háfell ehf. in cooperation with Czech company Metrostav, has been delayed by six months and is now scheduled to open in June, 2010. Click is/19 and visit www.metrostav.cz www.hafell.is and http://vgwww.vegagerdin.is/hedinsfjardargong.nsf. 51/09.

From http://www.tunnelbuilder.com/
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Old December 16th, 2009, 09:21 PM   #87
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The opening date for the tunnels has been pushed back again since this report. September 30th 2010 is the new target date.
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Old February 21st, 2010, 08:56 PM   #88
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http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gelbe_Autobahn



Keflavík - Reykjavík

Translation:
In Iceland, there are no highway signs, but there are some Dual carriageway. By 2008, there were a total of 16 km, all close to Reykjavík. The end of 2008 has opened a further 28 km long motorway-like road that leads from Keflavík to Reykjavík.
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Old April 15th, 2010, 10:13 PM   #89
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How are things going with the recent volcanic activity on the nearby road network? I have read that there was the intention to demolish some bridges in order to leave the flooded water to pass without damaging at least the foundations of the bridges so they might be reconstructed easier.
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Old April 16th, 2010, 05:36 AM   #90
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How are things going with the recent volcanic activity on the nearby road network? I have read that there was the intention to demolish some bridges in order to leave the flooded water to pass without damaging at least the foundations of the bridges so they might be reconstructed easier.
The flash flooding caused by the eruption would simply wash the bridges away anyway, due to the sheer volume of water. It's happened before. It just means everyone will have to drive on the unaffected part of the "Ring Road" (Insert a few Icelandic swear words here)
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Old April 17th, 2010, 03:04 PM   #91
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How are things going with the recent volcanic activity on the nearby road network? I have read that there was the intention to demolish some bridges in order to leave the flooded water to pass without damaging at least the foundations of the bridges so they might be reconstructed easier.
When the eruption started, the road was torn up in some places to make the flood water pass more easily so it wouldn't damage the bridge. This has worked so far. The bridge has now survived several flash floods over the last few days but much of the surround roads have been washed away. Fixing the road can be done cheaply and quickly as soon as this is over, losing the bridge would be much more expensive.
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Old April 17th, 2010, 06:14 PM   #92
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So the authorities had an idea of how the water would flow as the glacier melted then I take it. But yeah, rebuilding the road is far easier than replacing the bridge.
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Old April 17th, 2010, 06:48 PM   #93
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I believe there are yearly floods in this area in springtime anyhow.
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Old April 17th, 2010, 08:29 PM   #94
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I believe there are yearly floods in this area in springtime anyhow.
There are higher water levels in springtime of course, but rarely threatening to roads and bridges. Flash floods from volcanic eruptions under glaciers are much more severe.
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Old April 17th, 2010, 11:26 PM   #95
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this is the 2x2 highway around Reykjavik. There are several intersections on two levels.

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Old April 18th, 2010, 01:41 AM   #96
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There are higher water levels in springtime of course, but rarely threatening to roads and bridges. Flash floods from volcanic eruptions under glaciers are much more severe.
Exactly. The flooding in the spring is taken into account as best as possible. The volcanic eruptions take that planning and fire it out the proverbial window.
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Old April 18th, 2010, 03:26 PM   #97
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What are the fees for over speeding?

Those roads look perfect for ultra fast driving especially those empty highways.

What is the fee in euro if I drive 140 - 160 - 180 km/h there?

How many policeman around?
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Old April 18th, 2010, 03:56 PM   #98
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140 km/h a fine of 130,000 ISK (€759) and one month suspension of drivers license
160 km/h a fine of 150,000 ISK (€875) and three months suspension of drivers license
180 km/h a criminal charge will be brought, a court mandated fine of at least 200,000 ISK (€1,167) and a suspension of drivers license for 6 months or more.

Chance of getting caught: Decreasing the further you get away from Reykjavík but still far too high to risk it IMHO.
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140 km/h a fine of 130,000 ISK (€759) and one month suspension of drivers license
160 km/h a fine of 150,000 ISK (€875) and three months suspension of drivers license
180 km/h a criminal charge will be brought, a court mandated fine of at least 200,000 ISK (€1,167) and a suspension of drivers license for 6 months or more.

Chance of getting caught: Decreasing the further you get away from Reykjavík but still far too high to risk it IMHO.
Omg, i quit this idea

In Latvia if you get caught in 140 km/h fee is more like 200 euro and no suspension of driving license. I better drive here. Cops accept bribes widely here.

But I guess I could just say I have no money and throw penalty check into trash at home as foreigner because no administrative process can get you abroad, only serious crime.
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Old April 18th, 2010, 11:01 PM   #100
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140 km/h a fine of 130,000 ISK (€759) and one month suspension of drivers license
160 km/h a fine of 150,000 ISK (€875) and three months suspension of drivers license
180 km/h a criminal charge will be brought, a court mandated fine of at least 200,000 ISK (€1,167) and a suspension of drivers license for 6 months or more.

Chance of getting caught: Decreasing the further you get away from Reykjavík but still far too high to risk it IMHO.


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