The Frederik Hendriklaan, Willem de Zwijgerlaan and Aert van der Goesstraat will get a completely new design. This important shopping area will be made more upscale and shoppers will get more space.
The municipality has drawn up a draft design for the area which has the support of the neighbourhood council and businesses. The most important elements of the design: the area will get paving stones, it will become a 30 km/hr speed limit zone, and obstacles such as bicycle racks and old awnings will be removed along the shopping route. At the same time the sewer system will be replaced. The project will cost more than € 10 million. It will start at the beginning of 2019 and should be ready in the second half of 2020.
Trees and lampposts
The shopping area will get historic lampposts. There are now 221 trees lining the streets. Of these trees a maximum of 29 will be cut down and 42 replanted. An additional 95 new trees will be planted, increasing the total number of trees by 44.
The total number of parking spaces will be reduced from 507 to 497. A number of parking spots will be eliminated on the Frederik Hendriklaan itself due to more loading zones and small pavement cafes in the summer. However, new parking spots will be added on the Willem de Zwijgerlaan by redesigning the central reservation.
Input from residents
The draft design came about through joint discussions with residents, businesses and owners, who formed a brainstorming group which met regularly. At the end of 2017 an information meeting was held and was well attended. Comments from the public were incorporated into the draft design.
Work on the part of the street between the Statenlaan and Prins Mauritslaan will be carried out once the tram tracks for the terminus loop for Tram 16 can be removed from this section of the Frederik Hendriklaan. The goal is to complete the work on this section of the street in 2022.