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A12 to The Hague closed for 9 days, a lot of nuisance expected

Then, between Nieuwerbrug and Reeuwijk, there is work to be done, but lanes will remain open on that part.

Replace worn asphalt

The reason that the busy arterial road is closed is that major maintenance is being carried out. Where necessary, new matrix signs and detection loops will be installed, repairs will be carried out on viaducts and defective lighting, and mowing will take place.

Between Woerden and Reeuwijk, the worn asphalt will be replaced by noise-reducing Zoab (very open asphalt concrete) and breakdown ports, verges and crash barriers will be raised to the height of the new road surface, according to a spokesperson for Rijkswaterstaat.

Serious traffic disruption

Rijkswaterstaat anticipates serious traffic disruption due to the nine-day closure. But this was the best option: “With a complete closure of several days in a row, we can do more work in proportion and the inconvenience for road users is the shortest. We can also guarantee the safety for road users and road workers better than with momentary shutdowns.”

The service warns road users that there are many diversions, so that the extra travel time can be an extra hour.

Detour

A detour will apply for traffic from Utrecht to The Hague via the A2, A9 and A4. Traffic to Rotterdam can drive via the A2, A27 and A15. But that will offer little solace for freight traffic, says a spokesperson for Transport and Logistics Netherlands (TLN), because the trucks will have to travel many extra kilometres.

The TLN spokesperson also wonders whether there has been sufficient communication about this closure, not only to motorists, but also to transport companies in Germany and Poland. They make frequent use of the A12. “We are holding out for Monday. We are not ruling out a traffic jam,” he says.

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