A2 Maastricht

At present, a section of this motorway cuts straight through Maastricht, frequently leading to heavy traffic within city limits. The Groene Loper (Green Carpet) project addresses this issue and effectively reconnects the divided city centre.

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Civil infrastructure
Luchtfoto Geusselt_nov2012_Pro
Dwarsprofiel tunnel
Inrijden viaduct A2 A79


Before entering Maastricht the traffic is directed into a double-decker tunnel with two pairs of tunnel tubes. Local traffic is led along the two upper tubes, while through traffic passes through the lower two. Above-ground, the site of the former motorway has been converted into a ‘green carpet’ that accommodates local traffic, cyclists, pedestrians and various residential and commercial buildings.

The plan ensures optimum accessibility for Maastricht and improves circulation on the A2 at the Geusselt junction and Europaplein. Moreover, it creates new opportunities for the further development of the districts lining the traverse thanks to, among other things, improved road safety and a more attractive social environment in East Maastricht.
Double-decker tunnel

In the near future drivers will be directed underground along a 2.3-km stretch between the Geusselt and Europaplein junctions. The new tunnel will greatly reduce local traffic pressure in Maastricht, as some 80% of the existing flow will be accommodated by the tunnel. The construction of four tunnel tubes offers numerous advantages: it increases capacity while simultaneously simplifying the operation and maintenance of the tunnel. The tunnel will be built using tried and tested construction methods and will satisfy the most stringent safety requirements.

A new road

‘Park avenue’ at street level

A new road for local and slow traffic will be built on top of the tunnel: the so-called ‘park avenue’. It will take the form of a tree-lined avenue with a wide lane for cyclists and pedestrians. The area will have a wonderful atmosphere thanks to some 2,000 lime trees. The two lanes of the single carriageway will accommodate cars and public transport in both directions. The park avenue’s green and leisurely setting will do much to reconnect the various Maastricht neighbourhoods formerly divided by the A2. The old buildings and new homes that line the thoroughfare have been carefully designed to blend in with Maastricht’s existing architecture. They will each have their own character, but nevertheless form a coherent whole. The Gemeenteflat building on Koningsplein will be preserved and renovated.