With agreements now reached between the regional authorities and the government, the Zuidasdok project in Amsterdam has been given the definitive go-ahead. The revamp of the Amsterdam Zuid railway station is already underway, and now a start can be made on the reconstruction of traffic intersection De Nieuwe Meer. The TriAX consortium was recently provisionally awarded the contract for its construction. Architectural studio ZJA, Team V Architectuur and BoschSlabbers landscape architects are responsible for the design of both the highway infrastructure and the new Amsterdam Zuid station.
Green light for Zuidasdok!
The Amsterdam regional transport authority, the Amsterdam and Haarlemmermeer municipalities, the province of North Holland, the NS, KLM and the Royal Schiphol Group have reached agreements with central government concerning better accessibility for the Amsterdam Metropolitan Region. Funding is now available for all parts of the Zuidasdok project, including the work on Amsterdam Zuid station, the tunnel under the A10 Zuid, the broadening of the highway from four to six lanes in each direction and the separation of local and through traffic.
Bas Symons (project architect at ZJA) says that ‘Green permeates the whole design. From the revamped Amsterdam Zuid station you will soon look out over a mass of greenery. All the extra lanes, structural works, tunnels and tunnel mouths, crash barriers, signage and noise reduction screens have been designed as a single integrated project, in which the incorporation and design of green features softens the otherwise hard infrastructure. So the A10 Zuid will soon become a highway that makes a coherent impression and, like the station, has front sides and no back. A green corridor in a lively and liveable city.’
Reconstruction of De Nieuwe Meer intersection
The work on the De Nieuwe Meer intersection is part of the Zuidasdok project and forms the starting point for a major modernization of the southern ring road. To enable the separation of traffic flows and the increase in the number of lanes, a new fly-over will be built from the A10 Zuid to the A4 and fourteen overpasses will be renovated or rebuilt. Noise barriers will separate the lanes, which will have quieter asphalt. The Schinkelbrug will gain three additional moveable bridges, the most southerly of which will carry a new cycle path across the water. To make room for the future motorway tunnel, the northern S108 exit will be moved.
Space for better and safer traffic flows
Consortium TriAX, which consists of Heijmans, Dura Vermeer and Besix, is expected to be able to start widening the road early next year. According to the current planning, all the elements of the reconstruction of the De Nieuwe Meer intersection will be fully in use by 2031 at the latest. Meanwhile the tendering process for the building of the motorway tunnels is in preparation, because at the heart of the Zuidas the A10 Zuid will be underground. Adaptation of the southern Amsterdam Ring Road will end with the reconstruction of the Amstel intersection.