Starting on Monday, 3 June, construction works will begin on and in the vicinity of the Zernike campus and will continue over the summer.
Translation by Traci White
The Groninger Internet Courant reports that getting around on campus will be a bit of a challenge in the coming months. During the summer break from the academic year, the bike paths along the Zernikelaan will be upgraded: between the 3rd and 21st of June, the cycling path on the Zernikelaan at the Aletta Jacobs building will be closed, but the building itself will still be accessible. Cyclists can take a detour route along the Crematoriumlaan and the Selwerd park.
Due to plans to expand the heating grid, from the 3rd of June through the end of August, the section Jaagpad between the Pleiadenlaan and Professor Uilkensweg along the Reitdiep will be closed. The Blauwbrugje, which connects Zernike and Paddepoel to the Reitdiep neighbourhood, will also be inaccessible over the summer. Detours will be posted on signs in English and Dutch.
The ring road will also be impacted by the construction works. The off ramp from the northern section of the ring road to the Zernike Campus/Paddepoel will be less accessible, and traffic will be redirected to de Hoogte exit.
The summer plans are one phase in a makeover of the Zernike campus. The municipality of Groningen, the Hanze University of Applied Sciences and the University of Groningen are cooperating to increase the amount of green space on the campus and with make it safer and more appealing for students, staff and business people. The plans should be completed by the end of 2021.
In recent months, several city restaurants have opened new locations at Zernike, including Wadapartja and Broodje Ben. FLFL should also be opening its doors soon. The Zernike campus is also home to a range of bio-tech, energy and digital start ups and other companies, which are located north of the academic and research facilities.