Hoevelaken motorway

Rijkswaterstaat, the Dutch Directorate General of Public Works, has awarded a project to the A1/28 joint venture to carry out major improvements to the Hoevelaken junction near Utrecht.

The A1/28 joint venture includes companies BAM and Van Oord, with consultancy and design agency Arcadis as cooperating partner.

The project is designed to improve traffic flows both around the Hoevelaken junction and on the surrounding roads.

The companies involved in this project will publicise the tender design and inform the local residents later this year.

"Infra is an important market for Van Oord in the Netherlands."

The scope of the contract involves the planning of the work, as well as subsequent design and construction.

Van Oord noted in a statement that the sand needed for the project will be taken from the IJsselmeer and the linked lakes that make up the Randmeren and the company will deploy several barges and dry excavation equipment.

Van Oord director Jan Schaart said: "Infra is an important market for Van Oord in the Netherlands.

"Our knowledge, experience and integrated approach are crucial to the successful completion of complex infrastructure projects such as the improvement of the Hoevelaken interchange."

Planning and environmental procedures are scheduled to be completed by the end of 2017 and the actual construction work will be started once the final legislative approval is issued in 2018.

The project is scheduled to be completed between 2022 and 2024.

Image: Sand supply with barges. Photo: courtesy of Van Oord.