Road works on the southern portion of the ring road in Groningen are expected to take two years longer to complete than originally anticipated.
Translation by Traci White
The Groninger Internet Courant reports that the new ring road was set to be completed by 2021, but that has now been pushed back to at least 2023.
A portion of the ring road will be closed off for five weeks this summer in an effort to prevent further delays. Between 20 July and 24 August, the section of the motorway heading in the direction of Hoogezand will be closed between the Julianaplein and the Europaweg. Traffic will be redirected to nearby detours.
Combinatie Herepoort, the consortium carrying out the construction operation, will use the five-week closure to dig out the construction pit for the newly lowered section of the road. Sheet piling will be installed on the southern side of the road.
A temporary road between the Julianaplein and the Europaweg will be open to traffic on the north side of the motor way starting on 8 July. Traffic travelling on the A7/N7 from Hoogezand toward Drachten and Assen will have to use two narrowed lanes for the foreseeable future.
Noise disturbance for residents
A high-frequency pile driver will be used to put the sheet piling in place, which is meant to keep the noise and vibrations to a minimum. The sheet piling will be installed during the day, but the nuisance could last as late at 11 p.m. The summer closure could be extended to six weeks if necessary. Impacted residents will receive a letter about the planned roadworks and will be invited to information sessions on 3 and 4 July.