New section of A15 motorway near Arnhem-Nijmegen will connect Rotterdam with Germany
The national government and the Province of Gelderland plan to extend the A15 motorway by twelve kilometres in the direction of the A12 motorway. This will create a new connection between the Port of Rotterdam and Germany. The extension will also improve the flow of traffic in the Arnhem-Nijmegen region.
Minister Schultz van Haegen (Infrastructure and the Environment) announced today in Duiven that she has signed the Planning Procedure Order for the exact route and integration of the new road. The Minister also announced that the future junction of the A12/A15 motorways will be named the De Liemers interchange. De Liemers is the name of the region through which the new road will run.
Minister Schultz: ‘We are creating an important new connection within the Dutch road network. The A15 motorway is a national transport corridor that is vitally important for the transport of goods between the Port of Rotterdam and the European hinterland. The road currently dead-ends in a pasture. For the economy of the Netherlands, it is important for traffic to be able to travel directly to Germany. The new connection between the current A15 motorway and the A12 motorway will also help to alleviate traffic on the surrounding road network and ensure improved accessibility in the region.’
The Planning Procedure Order for the A12/A15 Ressen-Oudbroeken (ViA15) project has been realised in close collaboration with the Province of Gelderland, the municipalities involved, and district water boards. In the Planning Procedure Order, considerable attention has been given to the integration of the road and to the improvement of traffic flow on the underlying road network. A part of the plan is to construct a “lid” on the below-grade position of the A15 extension near the hamlet of De Helhoek.
Conny Bieze, member of the Provincial Executive of Gelderland: ‘The extension of the A15 motorway will have a positive effect on the accessibility and the economy of the Arnhem-Nijmegen region. But the construction of a new road also has consequences for people that live in the area. So, working with the region, we have invested considerable energy in improving the project, in terms of both the integration of the road into its surrounding environment, and enhancing the quality of life and accessibility in the region. I am happy about the measures that we have been able to realise by working together.’
From the Ressen junction, the A15 will be extended to the A12 motorway between Duiven and Zevenaar. Lanes will be added to the A12 between Westervoort and the Oud-Dijk junction, and the A15 motorway between the junctions of Valburg and Ressen will be widened. The entire project, including measures on the underlying road network, will cost approximately 860 million euros. The Province of Gelderland will contribute some 400 million euros. Approximately one-third of the construction costs will be paid from toll fees. The toll charges will be temporary and will cease as soon as the necessary amount is raised. Construction is expected to begin in 2019. The new road will open to traffic in the 2021-2023 period.
Now that the route for the A15 motorway extension has been established, Minister Schultz has completed preparations for all large road projects that will alleviate heavy traffic on the road network within the foreseeable future. She has already issued the Planning Procedure Orders for a new road to the Port of Rotterdam (Blankenburg connection), the widening of the A27 motorway at Utrecht, the new road between the A13 and A16 motorways, and the widening of the A10 motorway next to the Zuidas in Amsterdam.