The impetus for accessibility
The new A2-tunnel in Maastricht East has improved the north-south directional flow of traffic in our city. The Noorderbrug route project dovetails with this enhancement and creates an improved flow of Meuse-crossing traffic in the northern part of the city. This includes a faster connection with Lanaken and Smeermaas in Belgium and a good connection with the road network in Maastricht West. To achieve this, on the north side of the city centre an entirely new traffic structure has been built between 2015 and 2018.
The Noorderbrug route is approximately five kilometres in total length and stretches from the Limmel fire station in Maastricht East to the Nobellaan in Maastricht West and the Brusselseweg in Maastricht North.
The impetus for liveability
By directing the new route into a northern direction and creating a direct connection to Belgium we have unburdend the previous busy Statensingel and Hertogsingel. This results in improved air quality and a cleaner environment in large parts of Maastricht. In the districts where the new structure results in an increase in passing traffic, we have provided, where necessary, custom work to reduce any nuisance. We have laid noise-absorbing asphalt, placed noise barriers, and isolated several homes against increased levels of noise.
Space for the Sphinx Quarter
The changing of the Noorderbrug route essentially enlarged the city centre. An entirely new district south of the route is created: the Sphinx Quarter. Access to the new ‘young’ district has become easier and more attractive. It also has enhanced the lively vibrancy of the area.
The impetus for the Fronten Park
The new Noorderbrug route is restoring the old fortifications to their former glory. By changing the route, space is freed up to reconnect the Hoge and Lage Fronten. This creates a new park, the Fronten Park, that encompasses more than twenty hectares. The Fronten Park will be the counterpart of the city park on the south side of the city and will be given a wild and rugged character. This park will have plenty of space for events, flora and fauna, and cultural heritage.