De Groene Boog selected for Dutch motorway project


De Groene Boog, a consortium comprising BESIX Group, Dura Vermeer Groep, Van Oord PPP, John Laing Investments, RebelValley and TBI PPP, has been selected by Rijkswaterstaat (RWS) for the A16 motorway project in the Netherlands.

RWS is the government agency responsible for the design, construction, management and maintenance of the main physical infrastructure in the Netherlands.

The De Groene Boog consortium will be responsible for designing, building and pre-financing the project.

The consortium will also be responsible for a 20-year maintenance period.

Construction is expected to commence in early 2019 and work on the A16 will be completed in 2024.

RWS has selected the consortium as it offered good value for money, also known as the ‘Most Economically Advantageous Tender’ (MEAT) – an approach that makes better use of the innovative power and creativity of the market.

The government agency has assessed the various tenders on criteria such as sustainability, risk management and nuisance reduction.

Three consortia had submitted tenders in early 2018 and the provisional award was made known to candidates on 8 March 2018.

The consortia that failed to get the contract will have a 20-day period to file their objections.

RWS plans to construct a new motorway, A16 Rotterdam, to improve access to and quality of life in the Rotterdam region and also ease traffic congestion on the A13 motorway at Overschie and the A20 between Kleinpolderplein and Terbregseplein.

The motorway will be constructed along the northeast periphery of Rotterdam and will link to the N471, Ankie Verbeek-Ohrlaan and Terbregseplein.

The route will pass through Lage Bergse Bos, where a semi-immersed tunnel will be constructed.

To prevent noise pollution, the consortium will use extra noise-reducing asphalt on the A16 road surface (dual-layer fine porous asphalt, ZOAB) as well as noise barriers and earth embankments.

The road will be energy-neutral for 20 years and adjoining areas such as Terbregseveld, Vlinderstrik and Lage Bergse Bos will be re-landscaped and connected by cycling and walking paths.

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