Due to the limited traffic volumes in the first years following the commercial opening of Maasvlakte 2, it was initially decided to place a single-level junction on the Maasvlakteweg near the Prinses Amaliahaven. Various roads converge at this junction (Maasvlakteweg, Prinses Maximaweg, Maasvlakteboulevard and the Amoerweg) in addition to a railway line, a pipeline corridor and the future Container Exchange Route (CER).
As the business activities at Maasvlakte 2 increase, so do the traffic flows. To ensure future accessibility to the container terminals, the Port of Rotterdam Authority has replaced this single-level intersection with a flyover junction: the Prinses Amalia overpass. In addition, the capacity of 5 km of the Maasvlakteweg has been doubled from 2x1 to 2x2 lanes, starting at the Maximaviaduct.
Project goal and result
The ‘Maasvlakte Prinses Amalia overpass’ project will create future accessibility to the container terminals in the Amaliahaven and the more southerly part of Maasvlakte 2.
The project will result in:
- a flyover junction replacing the current single-level intersection;
- an extension of the primary access road (Maasvlakteweg) to a four-lane dual carriageway with hard shoulders along a distance of around 5 kilometres;
- removal of the current single-level intersection.
The work comprises the design and realisation of the Prinses Amalia overpass: two viaducts across the Maasvlakteweg, the northern pipeline corridor, railway tracks and the future Container Exchange Route. The new junction will provide the connection to the RWG container site, a link to the APMT2 emergency road, the opening of Star Container Services, the connection to a new Distripark site and beach traffic. The latter connection will be completed unsurfaced; the surfacing structure will be applied as part of a subsequent project.
In addition, the work will consist of a doubling of Maasvlakte along around five kilometres between the Prinses Maxima overpass and the future junction at the Alexiahaven. This four-lane dual carriageway
with hard shoulders will be achieved by widening and redesigning the existing Maasvlakteweg (future north-bound carriageway) and the construction of a new carriageway (future south-bound carriageway). About 700 metres of the existing Maximaweg will be shifted to the more southerly site at the junction.
No rail or road traffic disruption during construction
Work is being carried out in phases. During the realisation of the project, there will be no other road closures of the Maasvlakteweg. There will be local traffic diversions and it will be possible to pass through without restrictions. After all, the opening of part of the Maasvlakte is largely dependent on the Maasvlakteweg. The container terminals and other companies at the Maasvlakte operate day and night, working to complex schedules as well as being highly automated. Disruption to the operational processes or accessibility to these companies is very costly.
At the railway location where the Amaliaviaduct is under construction, work is being partly carried out during track closures.
Architectural vision: high level of finishing
An architectural vision for the Prinsess Amalia overpass that will suit the scenic design of the Maasvlakte. A high standard of finishing is being given a high priority in the design and realisation of the project. Boskalis uses building material from waste to construct the Prinses Amalia overpass.
Reference design: sketches from the architectural vision by ZJA Zwarts & Jansma Architects