70 meter tunnel under a highway in a weekend

Construction workers that actually work? What is this

This is in the Netherlands. The sign in the forefront briefly shows "nog 10 km" which in this context means "only 10 more km to go". Also, the company working here is Boskalis, who are renowned internationally for their quality and speed.

And just fyi: this type of work is not exceptional here. This is normal, as it would noticeably cripple our economy if part of a highway were closed for more than a weekend. A lot of traffic would have to divert, which in a small but industrious and densely populated country would cause a lot of jams on the larger central highways, and thus would delay transport of goods and people's commute.

De A4 en de A13, nietwaar? (Edit: ik bedoel hier de files, niet de gif.)

Not Australians that's for damn sure.

No shit, this is a 12-18 month job and would cost hundreds of millions in Australia.


This definitely nowhere near Chicago. These fucking clowns have been working for 2+ years on a fucking overpass/merge lane and it's STILL not done. Anyone who has traveled the I-90/I-294 toll plaza knows what I'm talking about.

Meanwhile, workers in China can replace an entire 10 lane overpass in a single weekend.

Timelapses are always satisfying

That's incredible. Here in the States, particularly my state and the Midwest in general, construction is it's own season. It never completely closes roads usually, but it can for sure slow them way down.

Dutch signage means it could be either the Netherlands or Belgium. Actual roadwork being done means it's definitely not Belgium.

Ha! more like 3-4 Years...

the fact that the road is never completely closed is what makes it take so long.

It's in the Netherlands IIRC.

This time lapse leaves out some vital information

I have no idea how the tunnel was moving into place. I have to assume it learned to crawl on its own.

Once the rain starts the street on top just magically appears.

I can't speak for number 1 but I know it rains asphalt in the Netherlands so that's where the road came from

From Boston here, have you heard the tale of our glorious big dig? Or how it's still raining concrete slabs years after it "finished"

High quality and speed are also expensive. We’ve caught this bug in America that government should be done as cheaply as possible. We’re getting what we aren’t paying for.

Living in Northern NJ/NYC area, I feel your pain.

This is like a project in Spokane, only it takes them 3 years.

*laughs in Michigan*

Missouri here. Your construction ends at some point? Do tell.

California checking in here. Just took five years to add an extra lane to one of the biggest freeways through town


30 years? You still have buildings from the ancients that arnt finished.

Can't speak for other countries, but, if this were Canada, job would've taken at least 6 months then be delayed to a year

yeah but it starts off cheap and then the contracting companies throw out "well we ran into this unforeseen issue so that'll be an extra $5 million and 8 months" crap.

there was a whole new neighborhood constructed in a spot that used to be nothing but open fields on my way to work (I live in Southern California). took them at least a year from making it a 4 lane, 2-way road to an 8 lane, 2-way road... and they had to tear up the new road 3/4 of the way in to put down whatever they had missed or decided to add.

totally sucked going down the road. it would take be 2-3 minutes to drive a 2-3 mile stretch. during construction, it was anywhere from 15-20 minutes. now, it's at least a 5 minute drive. the fuck, civil engineers.

Not Americans either. This would take months if they even decided to do anything at all.

ITT: In my insert country here it would've taken 3 years lol!

I've never driven in Belgium myself, but I've been on a bus through the country. It wasn't a smooth ride.

Incidentally, here's a link. I was right, it was in the Netherlands.

It can’t be the NC DOT because there aren’t 8 guys randomly leaning against a truck while one guy runs a piece of equipment. No lie not far from where I live they were widening an interstate which began when I was a junior in high school. Flash forward about 17 years later it was finally finished. It was about a 5 mile stretch. 17 fucking years. And it’s not like it’s the mountains or difficult terrain.

Welcome to Illinois, every road is a toll road, all roads are under construction, and none of this will ever end. We'd tax the air if we could.

Nature is weird

Weirdly happy to know South Africa isn't the only place suffering from the 2-month-project-becomes-3-year-project syndrome...what's happening in that there gif is a myth and mystery to this country

Ever heard of Italy? We have projects still "under construction" even after 30 years

The Netherlands are great with this sort of road constructions. :)

Cleveland, I-90, checking in. It takes months to years to fix bridges here. Our current construction has killed my commute time but should be done in August. ...allegedly.

Hah, how cute. Here in New York they opened Phase 1 of the Second Avenue Subway last year. For reference, it was first planned back in 1929, and the first construction on it was started in the 1970s.

Bring their asses to I-35, please!

In Germany it would take 20 years to plan, 10 years to build and then they would notice that the ground is unstable and start over.

I don’t know who Hydraulic Jack is, but he’s amazing

Especially Quebec, this would take 5-10 years to accomplish..

San Antonio at the intersection of 35 and 410.

They routinely close it every 6 months or so to do absolutely nothing.

Or Canada

Best part is a reference to a state is not required

It’s crazy how God just do that

This is an extreme case (located here) but I experienced something similar coming home yesterday. 

It was here but in the time between Google taking the picture and now the Dutch side has redone the asphalt while the Belgian side is the same.

is an extreme case (located here) but I experienced something similar coming home yesterday.

It was here but in the time between Google taking the picture and now the Dutch side has redone the asphalt while the Belgian side is the same.

Meanwhile, workers in China can replace an entire 10 lane overpass in a single weekend.

Single party rule can be surprisingly efficient.

They are replacing a bridge in a couple of towns over that is just on the outside of town. It has been closed for 3 weeks and they aren't sure when they will reopen.

This bridge is maybe a 15 feet long and only one lane each way.

Right wing in the Netherlands basically is Bernie Sanders in America

We have the same BS in the Netherlands, just not when it comes to vital infrastructure. The economy relies to much on the road network here. If the contracting company takes more time than they claim beforehand, they can expect a fuckishly high fine for hurting the economy.

Impossible, socialism has caused the collapse of Dutch society a long time ago.


Been working on a 17 mile north south freeway since 2001 here, to be completed 2029. The idea was first proposed in 1946.

No. Stuff like environmental impact assessments are all done before final engineering, let alone construction. To a significant degree, it's things like carefully closing lanes and putting up signage both so that drivers are less likely to get into an accident and so that the construction workers are reasonably safe. Or things like testing the concrete that was poured in place so you don't get stuff like the pedestrian overpass that fell onto occupied cars in Florida earlier this year.

It generally takes a good deal more time to build stuff safely and carefully compared with slamming stuff into place and having some percent of those projects fail in fatal ways during construction or later.

Then the municipal government would have debated (again) whether it was worth doing, delaying things further.

In order to speed up construction in The Netherlands (where this gif is from), the government issues a cost to the construction company for every day (hour?) that the road is closed or only has a few lanes access. I don't know about other countries but this really puts a high incentive on short closure periods.

You mean anywhere on 35 in TX? 35 in DFW has been under construction for 10+ years.

Miami, FL checking in:

I was born here. The turnpike has had construction work being done since i can remember. Construction on the turnpike hasnt been finished yet. I am now 23. Ive given up hope

There is this construction job happening outside my local Coles right now, and it's taking forever. They're just adding these wooden bench/planter combination boxes outside but it's been more than 2 months so far.

Today I walked past, and saw one of the tradies texting, another fiddling with the radio and the third kind of arbitrarily banging with a hammer.

Ahh. So that might be the issue.

Judging by the quality of the roads and safety rails, and the fact the latter are even there, I say this is the NL.

There’s a stretch oh highway that’s been under construction for almost 20 years now.

Very large hydraulic jacks with wheels lift it up, and move it on a track into place. If they're good enough for moving entire buildings, they can move some concrete.

And then start to fall apart after 10 months.

I should really move somewhere else.

Well, we are loyal to our ancestry

, most impressive

It took 1.5 years for them to upgrade a 30 ft bridge over railroad near my house. At least they made the side super fancy with these paver stones that face the fucking woods for some reason

And now those fucks closed off two lines of 88 and one more on 290 near the medical district..... insane

Is it really studies and bureaucracy slowing things down once the construction actually begins?

From my first visit to The Netherlands to me living here now, the speed of construction workers never stops amazing me.

Compared to Dutch roads it is definitely bad. I would say that Dutch roads are the best in Europe.

Well... I wouldn't necessarily call it work. I'm well aware of my union break rights.

Milwaukee has a pretty good history of getting roadwork done quickly...well, at least in comparison to Chicago (not saying much)

When they (mke) did the 94 interchange downtown about 10 years ago, it was done under budget, and ahead of schedule.

The Netherlands, A12 highway near Ede iirc.

The Netherlands has a right wing government.

Seeing as the road is drivable, I'd say the Netherlands

But you are not a Jedi yet

It's true, I'm sure they blow past the regulations, studies and bureaucracy. Which is a great thing, we're often crippled by it. But I have to figure another factor is safety & labor laws. Try and do the same with union workers from Chicago.

Ah, pothole season

good old patch, fix the other side, then patch the first side again.

Huh? That was realtime.

But surely our roads will get fixed once we fully defund MODoT, break up all the unions, reduce fuel tax to $0, and pray to end abortion.

If it was Chicago it's be August...2020!


But worth it in my opinion. I remember the before, and this is better.

ain't LA for sure

You are thinking of Hawaii

Clearly not pennyslvania

No doubt, but speaking as a Dutchie, we have no choice. The country's economy, in a large part, is based on transport. Being one of the main logistics hubs for western Europe, we can't afford to close even one of the densely packed roads for more than a weekend. Last year, traffic jams alone cost us more than 1.2 billion euro's.

In addition. Dutchies pay for this quality (speed and smoothness) big time. Owning and driving a car here is quite a bit more expensive than in the US and other countries. Our neighbouring nation of Belgium has way cheaper cars, which is reflected in their infrastructure quality.

Long story short. Roads are brilliant here, but we pay for it.

Belgian here. I can assure you, that's not Belgium.

Wow. Was the tunnel on rails? That's pretty amazing alright.

Wow, that’s impressive!

Am I the only one hearing the Tetris theme in show motion?