After two years of detours, the Overcingel tunnel in Assen will finally be open to drivers on Saturday, 6 June at noon.
Translation by Traci White
Dagblad van het Noorden reports that the tunnel in front of the recently renovated train station is 380 meters long in total, of which 170 meters is underground.
Construction on the tunnel began in April 2016, which meant that the normal flow of traffic in the important thoroughfare in the city has been limited for more than two years. The detours were still efficient enough not to cause any major hindrance for road users.
The opening of the Overcingel tunnel and Stadsboulevard-Zuid marks the completion of two major infrastructure projects in Assen. One more tunnel is still pending at De Maten, but that should not pose as much of an obstacle for local traffic.
The square in front of the station above the tunnel is meant to serve as something of a red carpet into Assen: it is home to auction site Catawiki’s headquarters and will soon feature a six-meter-tall dog statue named Mannes to welcome visitors to the Drenthe city.
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