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
Work started on Phase 2 (Heuvel) at the end of November 2018 and is now more or less finished. Until the end of May 2019, we will be working on the pavement on the Vestdijk (Pullman Hotel side), from Kanaalstraat up to Dommelstraat. While this work is being carried out, car and bike traffic can travel in both directions on the Vestdijk. There is always a lane available for pedestrians, so that shops and businesses remain accessible. The pavements will be given a temporary paving in Phase 2. We will be replacing this temporary paving with the definitive paving in consultations with those parties involved.
Fase 3A - Kanaalstraat
Work in Phase 3A (Kanaalstraat) started on 23 April. Until the end of May, this work will take place on the stretch of the Vestdijk between Tramstraat and Nachtegaallaan/Bleekstraat (Phase 3A1). At the same time, work will also be carried out on the pavement on the Vestdijk (on the side of the Pullman Hotel), from Kanaalstraat up to Dommelstraat.
Kanaalstraat will remain accessible from De Lage Landen (DLL) up to and including Tramstraat and DLL parking facilities will remain accessible from the Vestdijk side. Mignot and Blockplein will remain accessible by way of a temporary entrance and exit from the Vestdijk side. Two-way traffic for vehicles and bikes is possible on the Vestdijk. There is also always a lane available for pedestrians so that shops and businesses remain accessible. Yellow signs will indicate diversions.
You can read more about the current work and diversions in the letter to residents.
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.