Integration vision A67

Eindhoven - Venlo

Surface

  • Traject ca. 45km

Year of design

  • 2021 - 2022

Activities MTD

  • Drawing up the integration vision

Extra information

  • areal photo: Beeldarchief Rijkswaterstaat

Competence

  • infrastructure
  • vision
Leenderheide - Zaarderheiken

The A67 is crucial for the accessibility of South Netherlands. It is a busy road, especially during rush hours, causing congestion issues. Due to this congestion accidents frequently occur, leading road users to perceive the A67 as unsafe. Widening the highway was envisioned as the preferred alternative to improve the safety of the A67. As part of this decision, The A67 is crucial for the accessibility of South Netherlands. It is a busy road, especially during rush hours, causing congestion issues. Due to this congestion , often caused by a significant share of freight traffic, accidents frequently occur, leading road users to perceive the A67 as unsafe. Widening the highway was envisioned as the preferred alternative to improve the safety of the A67. As part of this decision,In order to bring about change, the preferred alternativ MTD landscape architects developed an Integration / Landscape Vision for the A67 highway on behalf of Rijkswaterstaat South Netherlands during the period 2021-2022.

The planning area targeted by this Integration (/Landscape Vision is the A67 between the Leenderheide interchange near Eindhoven and the Zaarderheiken interchange near Venlo, including its immediate surroundings. The vision for the entire approximately 45km route serves as the basis for further planning of the structural widening on a section of the A67, between the Leenderheide interchange and the village of Geldrop. The Vision provides statements at a global level regarding the spatial position of the highway and its associated spatial appearance. Landscape and highway are designed together where possible and relevant, with attention given to minimizing negative effects on the environment, particularly in sensitive natural areas or residential environments.

The area is characterized by various characteristic in the landscapes of the provinces Brabant and Limburg and has a rich history. The objectives of the Integration Vision were to depict the integral development perspective on the spatial position and integration of the highway, incorporating all aspects and conditions to achieve a cohesive visual quality. Spatial qualities and opportunities were identified, and spatial guidelines were established for future interventions and developments. Additionally, sustainability of the road and the environment was a key focus. The Integration Vision is the result of careful considerations and thorough coordination among the involved parties: the municipalities of Eindhoven, Geldrop-Mierlo, and Heeze-Leende, the provinces of North Brabant and Limburg, the water authority De Dommel, and the nature conservation organizations Staatsbosbeheer and Brabants Landschap along the route.

The overarching theme for the vision is 'A67 Transit Routes: a clear and coherent route as a connecting line in the landscape'. The Integration Vision for the A67 Leenderheide-Zaarderheiken is based on strengthening the A67 to a clear profile and a design where the current qualities of the route converge with the opportunities and ambitions for a higher visual experience of the environment. This involves reducing the barrier effect and negative effects of the highway while identifying positive impulses and opportunities for the present and the (near) future.

To develop an appropriate Integration Vision based on the analysis of the A67 in the Leenderheide-Zaarderheiken section, spatial building blocks were first outlined. These summarized the core qualities to be preserved or strengthened and the opportunities and ambitions identified from the analysis. These aspects were distinguished into three main aspects in line with the vision, which were further elaborated into concrete principles for (spatial) design choices and development. The three main aspects are the route itself, the cross-relationships with the environment, and the aspects for the future.