Grontmij To Design New A11 Highway
Grontmij has signed an agreement with the Via Brugge consortium to carry out the A11 study commission in Belgium. The A11 project is one of the six “missing links” in the Flemish road network and is presently the biggest DBFM project (Design, Build, Finance and Maintain) for roads in Flanders.
Grontmij will be carrying out the entire study commission for principal Via Brugge. This complex interdisciplinary commission will involve all disciplines: design of highways and subordinate roads, sewage planning, civiel structures, geotechnology, mobility & traffic, environmental aspects, licences. Grontmij will dedicate 35 full-time staff to the assignment over the course of two years. The architectural design is by Zwarts & Jansma (works of art) and by Bureau Bas Smets (landscaping).
The A11 commission is the latest in a series of highway and road-related project wins. In May, Grontmij was awarded to design a major road-improvement scheme on the A63 in Hull in the United Kingdom. Grontmij is also involved in the multi-year A2 highway development in and around the city of Maastricht in the Netherlands. Last year, Grontmij and partner Witteveen+Bos were awarded the prestigious “Oosterweel connection” commission, which completes Antwerp’s ring road. Country Managing Director Erwin Malcorps says: “Grontmij has a pivotal role in developing the major traffic arteries in Belgium.”
New highway for the Brugges region
The A11 is a new highway for motor vehicles, comprising two lanes in each direction between the N31 (Blauwe Toren) in Bruges and the N49 in Knokke-Heist and covering a total distance of 12 km. Including all subordinate roads and cycling paths, 55 km of new road infrastructure will be built. The new motor vehicle highway will improve the connection between Zeebrugge harbour and the hinterlands. Separating port traffic from local traffic will also enhance traffic safety and improve quality of life in the region.
The Flemish Government has opted to address the A11 project integrally. Traffic-related, ecological, landscaping and planning aspects receive full consideration in the specifications for the main road. This integral approach implies among other things taking any necessary environmental measures, inserting the main road into the landscape, qualitative solutions for junctions and adjustments to the subordinate road network. A complete new grid of cycling paths will ensure safe cycling from and to the harbour and between the polder villages.
About Via Brugge
The Via Brugge consortium comprises the firms Jan DE NUL, Algemene Aannemingen VAN LAERE, ASWEBO, ACLAGRO, Franki Construct and DG Infra+.