Road works at the Julianaplein intersection on Groningen’s ring road are currently in phase four (out of 6). A temporary bridge is being built above the Noord-Willemskanaal, connecting to the N7 and the A28, and the traffic conjunction as it was has been completely dismantled at this point.
According to the GIC, the “operation Julianaplein” roadworks began on 11 February, and are currently scheduled to be completed on 9 May. The new conjunction will have a T-shaped intersection.
Removal of soundproofing walls began last week, and two passageways have been removed as well: one at the A28 (near the Gyas rowing club) and one at the Maaslaan.
Changes are also on the way further up the road, at the Vrijheidsplein near the Martiniplaza performance venue.
The road surface has been broken down for removal, and underground cables are also being extracted for removal through the end of March. Starting around the 21st of March and continuing through mid-April, sheet piling will be driven into the ground in the area near the Leonardo Hotel.
The junction is also an important infrastructure point, where traffic to and from Drachten can reach the western section of the ring road, but its current layout is infamous for traffic jams. The new layout will no longer be an intersection: traffic traveling from each direction will have its own dedicated lanes with a flyover.