A4 motorway (Netherlands)

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A4 motorway
Rijksweg 4
Location of the A4 motorway
Highway system
Cutting through the Starrevaart polder, south of Leiden.
Exit 14, just north of this missing link.

The A4 motorway is a motorway in the Netherlands from Amsterdam to the Belgian border near Zandvliet. Some parts of the motorway are still not completed. The completed route as of 2006 is divided into three parts: from Amsterdam via The Hague to Delft, from Vlaardingen (junction Kethelplein) to Pernis, and finally from Bergen op Zoom to the Belgian border. The total length of the completed route is 115 km.

The construction of the missing link from Delft to Vlaardingen has always been very controversial, but minister of Transport and Waterworks Karla Peijs authorised the construction of this link on 14 May 2006. Some of the roadbed preparation has been completed in this section, starting in 1968. A further extension was planned for this motorway from its southern terminus to the A29 near Klaaswaal. Very little roadwork has been completed in this section, but right-of-way has been acquired for the A29 interchange.

Missing links in the A4[edit]

Midden Delfland missing link[edit]

The A4 connects three of the four most important cities in The Netherlands, but there are still sections missing. A notorious 7000 meter gap lies between Delft and Schiedam, which causes huge traffic jams on the adjacent A13 connecting The Hague and Rotterdam. Plans to close this gap were made decades ago, but there has not been any construction yet.

Overview

1957: Road 19 adopted in the national highway plan of 1957.

1965: Route set by the government.

1968: Start of the construction of the embankment where the road is supposed to run across

1976: Government stopped the construction of the A4.

1985: Government voted in favor of construction.

1998: Finances for A4 diverted to construction of railway tunnels.

2006: Costs of the construction have risen to 700 million for 7 kilometers.

2009: Dutch government decided that construction will start.

2010: September 2: record of decision by minister Camiel Eurlings.

2011: July 6: the Council of State dismisses all appeals against the record of decision.

2011: autumn: construction will commence.

2015: motorway is planned to be completed.

Benelux - Klaaswaal missing link[edit]

This section should connect the existing A4 section west of Rotterdam towards Belgium. The Benelux junction is built so construction for this part of the A4 would be easy. This missing link creates heavy traffic jams on the nearby A29 and A15 motorways. This section is about 12 kilometres long. Supporters of the scheme contend that cities like Hoogvliet, Spijkenisse, Barendrecht and Rotterdam would be relieved from traffic jams, however environmentalists oppose the A4, saying it would only create more traffic. Since the A15 and A29 are currently being widened, this section of the A4 seems more and more unlikely to be built.

Overview

1961: Route approved as national road 19 by the government.

2005: Space reserved in the mobility vision of the government.

Section between Klaaswaal and Dinteloord[edit]

The motorway section between Klaaswaal and Dinteloord is currently known as A29, but the intention is to include it in the A4 motorway in the future. When the missing links between Benelux and Klaaswaal, and between Dinteloord and Halsteren are completed, this section will be renumbered to create a continuous motorway A4 between junction Benelux and the Belgian border. For now, however, this section of road is still being numbered as A29, to avoid confusion with motorists.

Dutch scenery along the A4 with windmill "Zelden van Passe" near Zoeterwoude.
The A4 near Schiphol Airport.

Dinteloord - Halsteren missing link[edit]

This section will connect the now named A29 motorway (national road 4) to the city of Bergen op Zoom and the Belgium region of Antwerp. Constructing this missing link would relieve the A16 from its notorious traffic jams near Dordrecht, the Moerdijk bridge and adjacent roads like the A17 motorway. However, as of 2007 there is still a 16 kilometer section missing, but road construction is likely underway, as there are 2 possible routes; east and west of the small city of Steenbergen. An eastern bypass would be shortest, but it is said that it would through the Mark river area, which is seen as an important natural aspect in the region by some. A western route is longer and would require an aqueduct which is much more expensive. The Minister of Transport, Camiel Eurlings, opened the so-called Halsteren bypass at December 21, 2007. This bypass consists of a 4 kilometers long extension from the existing exit 27 to the N286 road north of the town Halsteren, to relieve the N259 road through that town.

Overview

1971: Route approved as national road 19 by the government

2005: Finances saved, there is a budget of 218 million euros available

2006: Bypass construction near Halsteren awarded to construction companies.

2007: Government chooses to construct the A4 west of Steenbergen.

December 21, 2007: Opening bypass Halsteren

end 2010: Building highway has commenced, according to plannings, the road would have been finished in 2013

March 14, 2012: New highway around Steenbergen approved by the Dutch Council of State

June 18, 2012: Opening of the highway between Halsteren and Klutsdorp (1,5 kilometers)

December 2013: Opening Klutsdorp - Dinteloord

Exit list[edit]

Province Municipality km. # Name Roads Notes
North Holland Amsterdam 0 AB-Kreuz-blau.svg Interchange De Nieuwe Meer A10
2 AB-AS.svg 1 Sloten
Haarlemmermeer 4 AB-Kreuz-blau.svg Interchange Badhoevedorp A9
7 AB-AS.svg 2 Schiphol Airport
11 AB-Kreuz-blau.svg Interchange De Hoek A5 Northbound exit and southbound entrance only
11 AB-AS.svg 3 Hoofddorp, Aalsmeer (N201) N201
18/19 AB-AS.svg 4 Nieuw Vennep N207
18/19 AB-Kreuz-blau.svg Interchange Burgerveen A44 Southbound exit and northbound entrance only
South Holland Alkemade 23 AB-AS.svg 5 Roelofarendsveen
Jacobswoude 29 AB-AS.svg 6 Hoogmade
Zoeterwoude 33 AB-AS.svg 6a Zoeterwoude-Rijndijk N11
35 AB-AS.svg 7 Zoeterwoude-Dorp N206
Leidschendam-Voorburg 44 AB-AS.svg 8 Leidschendam N14
46 AB-Kreuz-blau.svg Interchange Prins Clausplein A12
The Hague 47 AB-Kreuz-blau.svg Interchange Ypenburg A13 Southbound entrance through intersection with traffic lights
Rijswijk 48 AB-AS.svg 9 Rijswijk-Centrum Centrum means (town) centre
49 AB-AS.svg 10 Plaspoelpolder
51 AB-AS.svg 11 Rijswijk
The Hague 53 AB-AS.svg 12 Den Haag-Zuid N211 Den Haag is Dutch for The Hague; zuid means south
Midden-Delfland 55 AB-AS.svg 13 Den Hoorn N223
Delft 57 AB-AS.svg 14 Delft-Zuid
Midden Delfland missing link
Schiedam 70 AB-Kreuz-blau.svg Interchange Kethelplein A20
Vlaardingen 72 AB-AS.svg 16 Vlaardingen-Oost Oost means east
Rotterdam 75 AB-AS.svg 17 Pernis
76 AB-Kreuz-blau.svg Interchange Benelux A15
Benelux-Klaaswaal missing link
 
Temporary route between Klaaswaal and Dinteloord via A29.
North Brabant Dinteloord-Halsteren missing link
Bergen op Zoom 229 AB-AS.svg 26 Halsteren / Tholen N259, N286
233 AB-AS.svg 27 Bergen op Zoom-Noord Noord means north
234 AB-Kreuz-blau.svg Interchange Zoomland A58
235 AB-AS.svg 28 Bergen op Zoom
236 AB-AS.svg 29 Bergen op Zoom-Zuid Zuid means South
Woensdrecht 241 AB-AS.svg 30 Hoogerheide N289
243 AB-Kreuz-blau.svg Interchange Markiezaat A58
250 AB-AS.svg 11 Zandvliet (Belgium) This Belgian exit is partially on Dutch soil
BAB-Grenze.svg Border with Belgium; this road continues as the Belgian A12.

The Basketweave[edit]

Just south of the Prins Clausplein (Prince Claus exchange) in the A4 in The Hague 52°3′20″N 4°22′6″E / 52.05556°N 4.36833°E / 52.05556; 4.36833, there is a basketweave exchange. To the north of this basketweave, the A12 motorway crosses the A4 in a butterfly junction, to the south the A13 motorway branches off. The A13 and the stack exchange ramps from and to the A12 connect to the outer lanes of the basketweave, the inner lanes are the continuing A4.

External links[edit]

Media related to Rijksweg 4 at Wikimedia Commons