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 separate lanes for cars and 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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Phase 1 - Vestdijk - North
Work on Phase 1 (Vestdijk-Noord) started on Monday 3 September and is scheduled to last until the end of November. It concerns the northern part of the Vestdijk, from the 18 Septemberplein/Stationsweg intersection to the Nieuwstraat/Dommelstraat intersection. We will be closing this section off completely to through traffic. A lane for pedestrians will always be available. During the work there will also be a broad lane for cyclists (in both directions) on which goods transport and emergency services are permitted but cyclists have right of way (from north to south). The Heuvel parking garage will only be accessible from the south (Kanaalstraat or Hertogstraat). We will keep the Annahof as accessible as possible. Diversions will be indicated on yellow signs. We will be applying a trial road/paving surface in Phase 1, and the definitive road surfacing will take place a year later. More information can be found in the phase cards below.
Phase 2: Heuvel
The work for Phase 2 (Heuvel) will start mid-October and is scheduled to finish early in February 2019. It concerns the part of the Vestdijk which runs from the Nieuwstraat/Dommelstraat intersection to the crossing at Ten Hagestraat/Kanaalstraat. This section will also be completely closed to bus and through traffic. We will facilitate pedestrians, cyclists, goods transport and emergency services in the same way as in Phase 1, keeping Raffaisenstraat and Genderstraatje as accessible as possible, and also the entrance to ABN AMRO's parking facilities. Diversions will be indicated on yellow signs. In Phase 2, the pavements will be given a temporary surface. The Heuvel parking garage will remain accessible (just as in Phase 1) but only from the south side (Kanaalstraat or Hertogstraat).
New municipal executive wants alternative to barrier
The new municipal executive indicated in the coalition agreement that it intends to propose an alternative to the initial suggestion of a barrier. An independent external agency is carrying out a study to that end. Safeguarding air quality below EU norms is a must. The result of the study is due to be presented in October. A decision based on the result will be taken after that.
Surroundings app and weekly Wednesday walk-in
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 a weekly Wednesday walk-in consulting hour from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. starting, 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.