THE GREEN CARPET

A SINGLE PLAN FOR THE CITY AND THE MOTORWAY

10 UNIQUE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE PLAN

1. the Green Carpet
A recreational strip of more than 1000 trees, winding through the city from north to south, from the Vaeshartelt estate right through to Centre Céramique.

2. the Parklaan (park avenue)
A long, intimate tree-lined avenue above the dual-layered tunnel; the connecting element between the adjacent city-districts.

3. Dual-layered tunnel
Two double tunnels, one above the other, separating local traffic from through traffic.

4. Property development

  • Parklaan (park avenue): property that looks like it has evolved over time, in keeping with the contemporary street scene.
  • the Europaplein and Geusselt junctions: striking office mansions and a residential tower  block at each junction.

5. The Tweeherigheid (Double Dukedom)
Maastricht's green, wooded access points: the Hertog van Brabant (Duke of Brabant) as a gateway to the north, and the Prins-bisschop van Luik (Prince-Bishop of Liège) as a gateway to the south.

6. Landgoederenzone (Country Estate Zone)
The Landgoederenzone - Buitengoed Geul en Maas - will be given a new lease of life. The “Green Carpet” will connect the zone with the rest of the city.

7. Cycle bridge
A cycle bridge over the A2 motorway will create a natural connection between the Landgoederenzone (Country Estate Zone) and the Geusselt junction.

8. Caterpillar phasing
The tunnel construction machinery passes by nearby residents just once, moving along in phases like a caterpillar, thus ensuring minimum disruption in terms of accessibility and optimum safety.

9. Air quality and noise
The air quality and noise pollution will remain below the maximum permitted levels at all times without the need for inconvenient screens or vulnerable technological tricks.

10. Cultural heritage
The architecturally valuable Gemeenteflat (Municipal apartment building) on Koningsplein will be preserved.