Rijkswaterstaat

Extremely thick fog where the A4 highway joins the N11, 30 December 2019
Jan 1 '20 07:23

Extremely thick fog that caused many problems on Dutch roads throughout New Year's Eve is still present in large parts of the Netherlands. Meteorological institute KNMI currently has a code yellow warning in place for the entire country except Zeeland, warning that visibility may be reduced to less than 200 meters in some places. 

"Dangerous driving conditions due to poor visibility," KNMI warned. Road users are advised to drive slowly and keep a safe following distance. "Follow weather reports and warnings."

Police blocking the A9 at the Akersloot offramp in Alkmaar to force protesting farmers off the highway, 18 December 2019
Dec 18 '19 09:34

Protesting farmers are causing quite a bit of traffic chaos in Netherlands on Wednesday morning. At Alkmaar, a group of around 80 tractors climbed onto the A9 highway towards Amsterdam - against the orders of the police. 

Carrots for Sinterklaas' horse
Dec 5 '19 11:50

This evening is Pakjesavond in the Netherlands - the evening on which Sinterklaas delivers his gifts. As a result, evening rush hour is expected to start earlier and be busier than usual, as many people leave work earlier than normal to get home on time, travelers association ANWB and public works department Rijkswaterstaat warn.

Fog covers Borneokade in Amsterdam Oost, 5 December 2019
Dec 5 '19 08:33

Commuters throughout the Netherlands can expect thick fog along the roadways Thursday morning, and the reduced visibility was likely to cause problems throughout the morning at Eindhoven Airport. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for the whole country except Zeeland and the Wadden Islands, with visibility falling below 200 meters in some places.

Bicycle accident
Nov 14 '19 09:17

In the past three years there were over 60 thousand traffic accidents at intersections in the Netherlands. A total of 476 of these accidents proved fatal, and people were injured in nearly 16 thousand accidents, reports RTL Nieuws. The broadcaster conducted its own analysis of police and Rijkswaterstaat data of over 250 thousand road accidents in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

The A20 was jammed up near Spaanse Polder in Rotterdam towards Gouda, at the A13 junction. Nov. 5, 2019
Nov 5 '19 08:17

The roads across the Netherlands were jammed up more than usual just before the Tuesday morning rush hour was underway. There were local reports of fog in several parts of the country, as well as rain and scattered showers in several provinces.

A rough rush hour was likely on the roads both Tuesday morning and at the end of the workday, according to infrastructure agency Rijkswaterstaat.

Traffic piles up on the A13 at Delft as construction vehicles head to The Hague to protest against the government's policy on nitrogen emissions and PFAS, 30 Oct 2019
Oct 30 '19 16:00

A large protest by construction workers on the Malieveld in The Hague has come to an end and protesters have started to leave the city. The police made several arrests during the protest, but will only announce the actual number of arrests at the end of the day. Travelers' association ANWB expects a busy evening rush hour, especially around The Hague, as the protesters and their construction vehicles head home. 

Five vehicle crash on the A73 near Nijmegen
Oct 22 '19 12:07

One person was killed and six people were hurt in an accident on the A73 highway near Nijmegen on Tuesday. At least three people were taken to hospital by ambulance.

The first ambulance was dispatched to the scene just before 9:45 a.m., followed by a trauma team by helicopter a few minutes later. A total of five paramedic teams were sent out, excluding the trauma helicopter. The situation was elevated to a GRIP 1 at 10:03 a.m. - which means that a commanding officer from one of the emergency services took command of the entire scene for all responding agencies. 

Tractors moving at a snail’s pace in all lanes of the A12 moving from Utrecht towards Den Haag, 16 Oct 2019
Oct 16 '19 12:10

Public works department Rijkswaterstaat closed the A12 highway from Utrecht to Den Haag at Nootdorp at the request of the police. The highway is overcrowded with farmers on tractors heading towards The Hague for a demonstration. Rijkswaterstaat advises motorists to avoid the highways around The Hague region.

Farmers protest on Malieveld in The Hague, 1 October 2019
Oct 16 '19 07:35

Hundreds of farmers have taken to the streets on their tractors in another protest against nitrogen measures. They will start their protest in De Bilt, near the national institute for public health and environment RIVM, and then move on to The Hague around midday. Traffic is already piling up, with 346 kilometers of traffic jams reported by 7:15 a.m., according to the ANWB.

The Galecopper Bridge over the Amsterdam Rijnkanaal on the A12 in Utrecht
Sep 27 '19 07:33

Road works on the Galecopper Bridge will cause traffic problems on the A12 around Utrecht for the coming month, Rijkswaterstaat expects. The work on the bridge started on Thursday night and means that fewer lanes are open on the A12 towards Arnhem. Traffic jams started piling up early on Friday morning, according to travelers' association ANWB.

Just before 7:00 a.m. the ANWB reported the first traffic jams related to these road works. Traffic was piling up on the A12 from Harmelen and on the A2 from Nieuwegein.

Afsluitdjik
Aug 20 '19 17:50

The Afsluitdijk is officially closed to cyclists for the next three years. In the coming years, the dyke will be reinforced and its locks and pumps will be renovated, NOS reports.

The closure of the bicycle path on the Afsluitdijk, which runs between Den Over in Noord-Holland to Zurich in Friesland, was originally scheduled for April 1st. But after protest, public works department Rijkswaterstaat decided to postpone the closure. Sunday was the last day on which cyclists could use the bike path for the time being.

An NS train waiting on the tracks (Photo: TahR78/Wikipedia)
Jul 23 '19 08:12

With extremely hot weather expected in the coming days, rail manager ProRail and public works department Rijkswaterstaat are taking extra measures to ensure that traffic flows as smoothly as possible. Temperatures above 35 degrees are expected, which can cause problems on both the road and the tracks. A number of events are also taking measures, NOS and NU.nl report.

A Rijkswaterstaat vehicle at the scene of an accident
Jul 18 '19 10:10

The general director of Dutch public works department Rijkswaterstaat is very concerned about the increasing aggression road users are showing road inspectors. Three-quarters of road inspectors are confronted with verbal abuse or rude hand gestures almost every day, and so far this year there's been 11 reports of physical violence against road inspectors, general director Michele Blom said to De Telegraaf.

May 30 '19 07:57

Where a nationwide public transit strike only resulted in somewhat busier-than-usual evening rush hour on Tuesday, the prospect of a long weekend caused the busiest evening rush hour of the year on Wednesday. According to travelers' association ANWB, at its peak there were over 1 thousand kilometers of traffic jams on Dutch roads on Wednesday evening, NU.nl reports.

Bikers in the Amsterdam IJTunnel
May 28 '19 16:06

As a national one-day public transit strike was almost halfway finished in the Netherlands, traffic was already beginning to pile up on highways in the Netherlands from 3 p.m. on Tuesday. Drivers jammed up nearly 450 kilometers of highways by 4:45 p.m., up from roughly 300 kilometers of traffic jams 40 minutes earlier, according to travelers' association ANWB.

Matrix signs on the A10 ring road in Amsterdam
Apr 25 '19 07:36

Dutch public works department Rijkswaterstaat is investigating whether there is a connection between three fatal accidents this past week, in which a total of nine people were killed. In all three cases, the cars collided with so-called matrix signs. Rijkswaterstaat will investigate whether these road signs played a role in the cause of the accidents, AD reports.

Ambulance
Apr 22 '19 07:50

Four people were killed in a one-sided accident on the A1 near Deventer on Monday morning. The highway is currently closed in the direction Hengelo to Apeldoorn, public works department Rijkswaterstaat said on Twitter.

The car crashed into a matrix sign and caught fire, according to NU.nl. Emergency services responded to the scene in large numbers.

The cause of the accident is not yet known. The police are investigating.

Apr 18 '19 08:29

Motorists can expect busy roads in the Netherlands on Thursday afternoon and evening. As the long Easter weekend starts, traffic jams will be longer and start earlier, public works department Rijkswaterstaat expects. The first traffic jams are expected to start forming around 2:00 p.m., NU.nl reports.

Kornwerderzand island on the IJsselmeer
Apr 5 '19 14:35

While perhaps more commonly known for floods than droughts, The Netherlands is allocating seven million euros to combat excessively dry seasons in the country. The money will be used to build larger water reservoirs in sandy areas, to monitor levels of evaporation, and to reduce the impact of salinization on drinking water production, the government announced on Friday.

Sea lock at IJmuiden
Mar 28 '19 13:50

The Netherlands' tunnels, bridges, locks and flood defenses are not sufficiently protected against cyber attacks, the Court of Audit concluded in a report published on Thursday. The Court advises the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management to make cyber security on these essential parts of Dutch infrastructure a priority. 

MS Edelweiss
Mar 20 '19 08:23

A cruise ship collided with a cargo ship, loaded with cars, on the Waal river near Nijmegen at around 4:00 a.m. on Wednesday. The passengers were all shaken, but unharmed, according to local safety office Veiligheidsregio Gelderland-Zuid. Public works service Rijkswaterstaat and the fire department evacuated the cruise ship, ANP reports. 

Cora van Nieuwenhuizen
Mar 13 '19 08:04

Dutch public works department Rijkswaterstaat suspended an employee on suspicion of large-scale fraud. According to Minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen of Infrastructure and Water Management, the employee is suspected of submitting false invoices since 2014, involving an amount of at least 1.7 million euros, NOS reports.

Rijkswaterstaat reported the incident to the police, who launched an investigation. The police suspect that others may also be involved in the fraud. The home of the employee was searched. So far no arrests were made.

Containers in the port of Rotterdam
Mar 12 '19 13:20

The Port of Rotterdam Authority is setting up five additional parking areas in preparation for a no-deal Brexit. These "buffer parking locations" have space for 700 trucks, for the event that carriers do not have their customs documents in order for maritime transport to the United Kingdom, NU.nl reports.

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