Construction on the road stretches to Sluiskil tunnel begun.
20 February 2012
Terneuzen, 20 February 2012. Construction on the new road stretch of the N62, west of the Kanaal van Gent to Terneuzen and part of the Sluiskil Tunnel Project, was officially started today. The TNO perception investigation showed the design to be safe, and road work can now be begin.
The first activities are planned for the construction of the tunnel road stretch of the N62 and the Hoek junction. Work will start between the Nieuw Westenrijkdijk and the N61 east of the Zevenaardijk and will later continue north and south of the N61.
Trees will be removed first. Then trenches and cuts will be dug, bodies of sand and soil constructed and the piling mounts for the Hoek viaduct will be heightened. After construction of the bodies of soil a consolidation period is planned of approximately half a year. This will allow the subgrade to settle slowly, avoiding any subsidence of the road at a later stage.
Asphalting will begin in the spring of 2013. In May 2013 the first part of the N62, between the Westerscheldetunnelweg up to junction Hoek, will be open for traffic. Afterwards the existing and now redundant part of the Westerscheldetunnelweg, including the roundabout, will be removed.
Sluiskil Tunnel will consist of two drilled tubes, of each 1,150 metre long, and it will be 34 metres deep at its lowest point. The external diameter of the tubes will be about 11 metres. This new crossing has an overall length of 6 kilometres; two new approaches will be made. The BV Kanaalkruising Sluiskil is responsible for planning and budget, and they are the client of building consortium BAM TBI. Four contractors that are part of two large Dutch contractors, Koninklijke BAM Groep nv in Bunnik and TBI Holdings BV in Rotterdam, together form the BAM-TBI combination. The contractor's planning is that the project will be completed in the summer of 2015.