This project launches the construction of a tunnel for the A2/E25 highway which runs through the centre of Maastricht. A 400 m section the overall tunnel will be realised within this action after the preparatory works are completed. These include the setting up the building site, deviation of the technical infrastructure, demolishment of parts of housing estates and construction of a temporary road for the A2. It builds on a predecessor project funded by the TEN-T programme which studied the feasibility and planning of this project.
The construction of the city tunnel includes several objectives:
- New economic and social developments by resolving an important bottleneck and reducing travel time
- Improvement to the quality of life in the city by reducing both air and noise pollution and increased traffic safety at the same time
- Improvement of the multimodal connections in the region, including the ports and the airports of Maastricht and Liege.
The action is part of a global project with investments of up to €1 billion, including a €690 million forecasted share from the Dutch government. The remaining share is planned to be mostly covered from private sources. The global project entails the construction of the entire tunnel, its connection to other highways and the urban re-development of the space gained from putting the highway underground.
State of progress on 31 December 2011:
The project is progressing: demolition works and traffic system connection measures as well as the trench are ongoing.
Read the September 2012 detailed update on the works!
Total project cost covered by this Decision:
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European Commission press release on this project, 2 December 2009
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Member States involved:
Start date: May 2009
End date: June 2012
Beneficiary & Implementing body:
City of Maastricht
European Commission, DG MOVE