The scheduled refurbishment of Kanaalstraat will also be included in this work. The impending implementation means the phased introduction of an attractive green city boulevard which provides more space for pedestrians and bikes and one lane for cars and one for buses.
The work itself will be invasive, because it also involves underground preparation. This will cause unavoidable inconvenience. We will do everything we can to keep this to a minimum. The phased approach ensures that the city centre will be accessible at all times. Visitors entering the city from the south should take either Hertogstraat/Vestdijk (purple route) or Kanaaldijk-Zuid/Kanaalstraat (orange route) depending on where the work is taking place at the time.
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We started on the Vestdijk (from the intersection 18 Septemberplein/Stationsweg) and we will end in Hertogstraat. We keep residents and businesses involved up to date with each phase about the work and the accessibility. An accessibility plan has been drawn up, with measures (also for traffic) in order to keep the centre easily accessible. You can read about those measures in the document below.
Phase 1: Vestdijk-North
Work on Phase 1 (Vestdijk-Noord) started on Monday 3 September 2018 and were finished the end of February 2019. We applied a trial road/paving surface in Phase 1. The definitive road surfacing will be placed later.
Phase 2: Heuvel
The work for phase 2 (Heuvel) started at the end of November 2018 and will last until the end of April 2019. It concerns the part Vestdijk from junction Nieuwstraat / Dommelstraat to the intersection Ten Hagestraat / Kanaalstraat. The northern part of the Vestdijk (between 18 Septemberplein and Kanaalstraat) can only be reached from the north via a strip along the work site for traffic on site (destination traffic). Parking garage Heuvelremains accessible but can only be reached from the south (Kanaalstraat or Hertogstraat). Cycle traffic remains possible in two directions, cyclists follow a detour route towards the station. A strip is always available for pedestrians, so that the shops / companies can also be reached. We will keep the Raiffeisenstraat and the Genderstraatje accessible as much as possible, as well as access to the parking facilities of ABN AMRO. We indicate diversion routes via yellow signage. In phase 2, the pavements get a temporary pavement.
The Municipal Executive has decided to remove the proposed barrier
The Municipal Executive has decided to remove the proposed barrier at the intersection of the Vestdijk and Ten Hagestraat from the design. Independent research by TNO research institute has shown that it should be possible, based on the prognosis from the NSL monitoring tool* to meet EU air quality standards without this barrier. By cleaning up the existing vehicle fleet, allowing less traffic through by reducing two lanes to one and imposing a maximum speed limit of 30 km/h, it would appear possible that the concentration of nitrogen dioxide will drop below the threshold by 2020.The Municipal Executive is further committed to a healthy and liveable pedestrian-friendly city centre and will therefore be presenting an integral Plan for Development of the City Centre, by the end of 2019. This plan names 2025 as a milestone for a pedestrian-friendly city centre, only accessible to local traffic.
Even without the barrier, the aim and design of the new Vestdijk remains the same: to realise an attractive city boulevard. The generous amount of space for pedestrians and cyclists, and the greenery, will ensure that it is a very pleasant street to be in, for residents and visitors.
Surroundings app and walk-in every first wednesday of the month
The contractor is providing an app, the 'Strabag surroundings app', which can be downloaded on mobile phone or tablet and includes contact options. There will be walk-in consulting every first Wednesday of the month, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m, in the VDMA building (Vestdijk 39a) for those with questions or who are interested in more information). Project leader Jan Josten and execution coordinator Frank Volleberg inform you with pleasure.
In the coming period, we will be informing you in a number of ways about the implementation and all that it entails. Project staff will be in touch with contractors well before work starts on Phase 1, to discuss the work and its consequences. Just before work starts in each phase, we will send a residents’ letter about the work and practical matters such as parking your car and where to place your waste container during the implementation.