Ice slows down Dafne Schippers(brug)

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The good news is that they are going to fix the skidding problems that have cursed the Dafne Schippersbrug in Utrecht during cold weather.

The bad news is that it will be closed for two weeks whilst they do this by putting in underfloor heating which will prevent slips and falls in freezing temperatures. The bridge will be closed largely during the autumn holidays.

Last year, during its first winter the bridge over the Amsterdam Rijnkanaal between Oog in Al and Leidsche Rijn, saw many cyclists enduring slipperiness during frosty spells, especially on the smooth parts of the road made up by the stripes on the road surface. The stripes unfortunately freeze due to a combination of cold, wind direction and humidity. This is irritating as the road surface itself is, according to research tactile enough to allow problem free cycling. Experts are not sure if. spreading the road with salt makes sense on the freezing parts and so it has now been decided to electrically heat the bridge on the affected parts.

The work on this under road heating starts on Thursday 18 October and should be finished on 5 November. There are, of course, diversion routes indicated by the municipality.

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Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins is Welsh and lives in England. He is a writer. A Europhile and Remainer, he is a regular visitor to Utrecht and has set his crime novel series in the city.

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