Local Heart, Global Soul

July 24, 2010

The Dutch: Streets ahead in some things…

Filed under: The Hague,THE NETHERLANDS — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Any regular readers of this blog know that I enjoy looking at rather ordinary things…

Todays photos and comment are because I like the Dutch approach to roadworks. (In this instance anyway).

This street is having a cable laid under the footpath, so they need to dig a hole under the footpath.

In other countries where footpaths are mostly covered in asphalt, there are usually a series of crazy strips and isolated holes that have been filled in from roadworks like this, invariably there is subsidence between the various patches, rough edges and cracks that form, invariably it looks haphazard and messy too.

Instead of patches of mis-matched asphalt, all they have to do here is to remove a narrow strip of paving stones, dig the hole, lay the cable and then relay the paver’s afterwards.

Voila,  the pavement is restored and looks just like before… I know I probably need more of a life, but I think this is cool.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)


  1. From someone who lives in the states where the ‘footpaths’ or sidewalks as we call them, are covered in either asphalt or concrete, I think this idea is GENIUS. 🙂

    Comment by milkayphoto — July 31, 2010 @ 2:23 am | Reply

  2. I agree with milkayphoto – GENIUS idea!

    Comment by Carrie — August 1, 2010 @ 6:07 pm | Reply

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