Rijkswaterstaat

Mar 27 '17 18:07

Commuters trying to navigate the Amsterdam area were advised to allow for plenty of extra time if using the highways on Monday evening after a fire in a Schiphol Tunnel passageway led to the closure of both the tunnel and the southbound A4 motorway towards Den Haag. Drivers were told to divert to the congested A2 to Utrecht, and then take the A12 road west as an alternative, adding 30 to 40 kilometers to the drive home.

There were no reported injuries in the fire, but the fire did damage safety systems in the tunnel. 

Mar 22 '17 15:35

Plans for a , can not count on support from Dutch public works department Rijkswaterstaat or Minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen of Infrastructure and Environment, ANP reports.

A badgers' burrow
Mar 20 '17 14:55

Dutch public works department Rijkswaterstaat sent a badger expert to Utrecht's Amelisweerd to investigate reports of a badger's burrow found in the forest. Should there indeed be a burrow in the forest with badgers, a protected species, living there, it could affect the expansion of the A27 highway, NU.nl reports. 

Wind sock
Feb 23 '17 07:36

A massive storm is set to hit the Netherlands this afternoon, bringing with it winds of up to 130 kilometers per hour. The windy weather is expected to cause problems with all forms of transport in the country, from motor traffic to planes.

Icy road
Jan 6 '17 07:33

Friday is turning out to be a cold day for the Netherlands, with afternoon temperatures expected to range between freezing and -2 degrees. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow weather warning, warning motorists to be careful of slick, icy roads across the country.

The icy weather will continue on through Saturday. The western parts of the country will have some snow on Friday night, and it will spread to the eastern parts of the country during the night. The conditions on the roads is expected to be worse on Saturday morning. 

Icy road
Jan 3 '17 13:55

Icy roads caused numerous accidents across the Netherlands on Tuesday morning, despite a warning from meteorological institute KNMI for drivers to slow down and keep safe following distances. The code yellow weather warning affected the entire country except for the Wadden islands.

According to traffic information service VID, there were "various" accidents on the A58 highway near Heinkenszand due to icy, slippery roads. There were also accidents on the A16 near Breda Noord, on the A9 towards Alkaar near Badhoevendorp and on the A2 near Utrecht.

Sep 5 '16 11:10

Despite temperatures in the mid- to high-20's expected for this week, the Netherlands is already preparing roadway crews to deal with heavy snow this winter

Aug 22 '16 07:42

People traveling the A1 to Amsterdam on Monday morning can expect extra traffic. Work on the railway bridge over the highway at Muiderberg will continue until 3:00 p.m. on Monday

Jun 8 '16 15:00

The first part of the new A9 near Badhoevedorp is opening at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, according to the Rijkswaterstaat. The part opening is a new A9 connection at the Raasdorp junction to the A4 in the direction of Amsterdam.

Feb 25 '16 08:16

Motorists across the Netherlands can expect a difficult morning rush hour on Thursday. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for slickness on the roads for the entire country.

Jan 13 '16 12:05

Five sperm whales died on a Texel beach on Wednesday morning after washing ashore on Tuesday,

Jan 7 '16 07:37

Thursday morning is again starting out with icy roads in the northern provinces of the Netherlands, with a code red warning in effect for Drenthe, Friesland and Groningen until 11:00 a.m. For the rest of the country there were predictions of fog and limited visibility. But so far the traffic problems seem to be at a minimum.

Jan 6 '16 08:21

Icy roads are causing havoc with the traffic in the northern half of the Netherlands. There is a 41 kilometer traffic jam on the A28 between Zwolle and Hoogeveen, where several accidents happened on Wednesday morning, according to traffic information service VID. The ANWB reports that traffic is standing still in both directions.

Jan 5 '16 13:40

The ice covered roads in the northern parts of the Netherlands caused dozens of car accidents so far.

Jan 4 '16 08:23

Large parts of the provinces Friesland, Groningen and Drenthe are covered in about 1 to 2 centimeters of snow. Motorists are warned to be careful of slick roads.

Nov 5 '15 15:00

An Ajax match and two sold out concerts in the Heineken Music Hall and Ziggo Dome is expected to cause an extreme amount of traffic around the Amsterdam Arena tonight, traffic service VID warns

Sep 8 '15 15:43

On Monday Rijkswaterstaat recovered the "Ghost Ship" De Trintel, which has been lying on the IJsselmeer, next to the Noordemeer dike by Rutten since May. The ship was transported to a Rijkswaterstaat terrain in Lelystad on Tuesday from where it will be auctioned.

Aug 19 '15 08:54

The average speed check zone on the A2 highway between Utrecht and Amsterdam accounted for 31 percent of all issued speeding fines in the Netherlands last year, with 48 million euros of fines collected from there. A total of 989 thousand people received a speeding fine on that stretch of highway.

Aug 10 '15 09:51

The Drechttunnel on the A16 towards Rotterdam has been closed down after a truck lost its load of Fristi. The yogurt drink is now covering the tunnel floor. The truck driver was driving under the influence of alcohol and fell asleep behind the wheel

Aug 3 '15 13:53

The swimming ban in the North Sea between Wassenaar and Scheveningen has resulted in traffic jams towards the Zeeland coast. The swimming ban was implemented due to the presence of sea sparkle. According to the RIjkswaterstaat, there is no sea sparkle along the Zeeland coast, and many sunbathers are now heading there

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Aug 3 '15 12:02

The Rijkswaterstaat has identified the red substance floating in the North Sea between Wassenaar and Scheveningen as Noctiluca scintillans, more commonly known as sea sparkle. People are still advised not to swim in the North Sea today.

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Aug 3 '15 08:38

Visitors to beaches between Scheveningen and Wassenaar were not allowed into the ocean on Sunday due to a red substance floating on the water. The Coast Guard hoisted the yellow flag in the area and the police ordered people out of the water after the reddish-brown slimy slurry was discovered. The police are calling it a "pest algae"

Jul 8 '15 15:43

Angry residents along the route of the A4 highway at Steenbergen have erected a giant penis statue in protest against the highway. They hope that this gesture will finally draw Infrastructure Minister Melanie Schultz van Heagen's attention to their complaints that the highway was not built according to the rules.

Jul 8 '15 08:33

Utrecht has issued 4,812 fines to motorists driving in the environmental zone in the city center with too old cars - diesel cars manufactured be for 2001.

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