It is official! Wednesday June 20, councillor Roeland van der Schaaf (municipality of Groningen), Jan de Jeu (vice chairman of the Board of the UG) and Henk Pijlman (chairman of the Board of the Hanze University of Applied Sciences) signed a partnership agreement on the redesign of the Zernikelaan on Zernike Campus. The redesign and renovation of this central ax means a great improvement for Campus Groningen.
This design is a great step to give Zernike Campus the allure that fits the importance this area has for the city. Thousands of students, entrepreneurs, researchers and employees form a community of education and entrepreneurship with a large economic value. This investment enlarges the traffic safety and sojourn time. The whole area will become more accesible and more attractive. With this make-over we also provide a stimulus for the employment opportunities.
The design encompasses a redesign of the Zernikelaan and the junction of the southern ring road with the Zonnelaan. Furtermore, this year the cycle path Penningsdijk will be build. This projects will forge the southern and the northern part of the Campus together. The City Counsil asks credit for this with the town counsil, an ample 13.6 milion euro. The University of Groningen and the Hanze University of Applied Sciences will contribute a further 8.4 milion euro.
On the Zernikelaan there will be new traffic solutions for safe cycling and a smooth flow of automobile traffic. There also will be a separated bus lane, carriage way and cycle and footh paths with green zones in between. The Zernike promenade will be a broad park strip along the pond, the bus lane and the road, where excisting and new trees together with cycle and pedestrian paths will form an attractive and continuous çonnection of almost 1600 meters throughout the Campus.
Start in 2019
The building activities will start in the first quarter of 2019, according to the current planning, and will be completed in 2022. The contruction works will be carefully planned in close consultation with the users of the Zernike Campus. This way hinderance for students, employees, researchers and entrepreneurs will be restricted as much as possible. Information on the construction works and expected hinderance will be published on our website here.