The Raamweg-Koningskade reopened to traffic at the end of the day on Saturday, 17 June. This is approximately 1 week ahead of schedule. The road works project was successfully carried out earlier than planned.
This busy major traffic artery in the city reopened after 3 months of roadworks. Since the end of March extensive maintenance work has been carried out on replacing the sewer pipes on the Raamweg-Koningskade, a route accommodating about 60,000 vehicles each day. The route first had to be closed in the direction of the A12 the first 4 weeks. Then it was closed in both directions for 8 weeks.
The reason the road opened earlier than expected is that the project experienced almost no delays due to unexpected setbacks. The extra time factored into the project appeared to be unnecessary in the end. Deputy Mayor Tom de Bruijn (Traffic): ‘Naturally there were a few surprises below the ground. The old sewer pipes appeared to be difficult to remove in some spots. But we were able to solve all of this without changing the planning. Dura Vermeer worked hard to make it all happen.’
The fear that traffic would come to a complete halt in the city was unfounded. It was, however, often extremely busy at a number of points, especially during rush hour. For weeks there was bumper to bumper traffic on the Koninginnegracht. It was also often busy at the intersection between the Utrechtsebaan and Benoordenhoutseweg.
Once the Raamweg-Koningskade reopens, traffic will flow again there but this will be a different story for Benoordenhout. Until the end of August 2017 work will be carried out to replace the sewer pipes on the Wassenaarseweg and Oostduinlaan. This work will also mean a higher level of noise pollution for the neighbourhood.
17 June 2017, www.denhaag.nl/en