Noorderbrug route a flexible connection

  • Client Municipality of Maastricht
  • Country The Netherlands
  • Location Maastricht
  • Status Delivered

Noorderbrug route contributes to flexible connection with city and hinterland The construction of the A2 motorway tunnel in Maastricht also brought the connecting Noorderbrug route into focus. To prevent traffic moving towards the city and hinterland at this location from becoming congested, new road infrastructure was constructed here. The Noorderbrug was spectacularly renovated and relocated.

The abutment of the new bridge was moved north as part of the Noorderbrug route. Only two weeks’ time was provided for demolishing the 200-metre bridge deck. Following consultation with local residents it was decided to as much as possible concentrate any hindrance under the motto 'brief but intense'. Using large screw jacks, the new 10,000 tonne bridge deck, including pillars, was pushed into place, centimetre by centimetre, over a distance of 25 metres. This spectacular push-in operation attracted a great deal of attention.

With the construction of the Noorderbrug route, the accessibility to Maastricht and its surroundings has increased


Part of the road runs through the old Belvédère industrial area. Through a smart approach to demolishing civil works and keeping any structures worth preserving, a new exciting urban district with homes and old industrial heritage was created: the Sphinx Quarter.

The Noorderbrug route and the King Willem Alexander Tunnel

The Noorderbrug route starts at the location where traffic connects to the King Willem Alexander Tunnel and is part of the Maastricht Belvédère programme. In the past a motorway with traffic lights and junctions ran right through the city in a north-south direction, which caused a great deal of traffic congestion and inconvenience. The Noorderbrug, which controls east-west traffic, led to the overcrowded Statensingel avenue around Maastricht's city centre.

To prevent traffic problems from shifting to this area after the construction of the new tunnel, the Noorderbrug route was redesigned. The objective was to relieve the avenues and to enable traffic to circulate more freely from the A2 motorway to Maastricht West and Belgium. The largest challenge was the fact that the bridge provides a crucial connection across the Meuse River and consequently could only be closed for the shortest possible period of time. Time and traffic control were of the essence and the work was performed under very tight deadlines.

Smooth traffic circulation The approach used for the Noorderbrug route involved replacing junctions and traffic lights with new interchanges, and relocating the abutment on the western Meuse River bank. This provides for better traffic circulation and relieves the busy Maastricht inner city avenues. This was accomplished by partially demolishing and renovating the bridge and by relocating the city centre riverbank abutment further north. Due to a special connection constructed as part of the Noorderbrug route, traffic from and to Belgium now has an excellent connection with the A2 motorway.

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