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Over 10,000 people sign petition against bridge closure in the Netherlands

Traffic is scheduled to be heavily restricted on the Haringvliet bridge in the Netherlands from 9 August. A one-lane system and a 50 km/h speed restriction are to be introduced for 2 years time. However, more than 10,000 people have signed a petition against the partial closure.

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The 5-km-long Haringvliet bridge is part of the Dutch Delta Works, the largest inland water locks in Europe. The bridge in the A29 is also an important connection between South Holland, Zeeland and North Brabant.

Due to the scheduled reconstruction works that are expected to take 2 years, traffic will be diverted to one lane in both directions from 9 August and the maximum speed will be reduced from 100 km/h to 50.

However, more than 10,000 people think that the consequences of the partial closure are unacceptable for road users, and have signed a petition addressed the Dutch the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management.

People are asking the authority to find an alternative so that the current capacity for road traffic could be maintained and no lanes would have to be closed.

The transportation association Transport en Logistiek Nederland (TLN) also find the restrictions painful; it says that the long-term closure of lanes will cost the transport sector at least 53 million euros.

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