Various contractors are working hard on the Nieuwlanderweg. During the work this afternoon, an electricity cable and a telephone cable were hit in various places. This may affect a large number of addresses along Nieuwlanderweg. Engineers are working to resolve the disturbance as quickly as possible.
As soon as it is solved we will communicate through these channels again. The municipal shop has also been informed. 

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Residual life Post Road was virtually nothing more

The reconstruction of the Post Road was by no means an unnecessary luxury. 'The remaining life of the road was only a few years away. Something really had to be done.' Bert Dennenberg, road manager at the Municipality of Texel, knows what he's talking about.

For 34 years he has worked at Municipal Works, dealing with roads and traffic safety on the island from an engineering perspective. For the past seven years, he has been road manager. He joined the municipality in 1988 and his first major assignment in 1989 was to write a vision for the Postweg. 'From that report it was already clear that the road could still handle the traffic pressure now, but that with an eye to the future consideration had to be given to widening the Postweg to make it future-proof. The board at the time agreed with the conclusion, but thought reconstruction of the road in 1989 was a bridge too far.
In the years that followed, however, it became increasingly clear that the Postweg was too narrow for the increased traffic pressure. 'The college did not opt for reconstruction at the time, but there have been adjustments over the years to at least ensure traffic safety,' Bert said.

Verge paving

Between 2000 and 2010, the verges on both sides were paved with grass boulders for a length of seven kilometers. Zuid-Eierland was redesigned. The asphalt remained, but the hamlet took on more of the character of a built-up area. The intersection with Muyweg was reconstructed and traffic islands were placed near the airport. At Slufterweg a separate road section was created for traffic turning towards De Slufter.

A road management plan was created in 2018. "Until then, road maintenance was mainly focused on what was needed for that year. With the road management plan, we switched to a planned approach for a five-year period. In 2023 the current plan expires and a new management plan for the next five years will be drawn up.'

Fall weight deflection measurement

In preparing the road management plan, all roads were first mapped and the condition of each road was examined. A number of roads were subjected to a falling weight deflection measurement. This measures the residual life of a road. Many of the roads were found to easily last another ten to twenty years, but in a number of places the condition was worrisome. Especially in Waal and Burg, around Oosterend and in Eierland, the expected lifespan of many roads was no more than a few years.' According to Bert, many of these roads were built just after the war and were calculated for the traffic of the time. 'A road is built on sand, on which comes the foundation and then the asphalt. However, these roads have hardly any foundation. That was fine for then, but not for now.' Increased traffic pressure on roads that were not designed for this purpose causes cracks in the road surface. 'You can repair those, but the same cracks will appear again and again.' In 2018, at the intercession of the college, the city council decided to thoroughly reconstruct both Postweg and Nieuwlanderweg. No more patching up, but future-proofing from the ground up. 'The lifespan is now about thirty to forty years. Sustainability has been chosen.'

Road Safety

Bert joins the municipal traffic consultations every two weeks. Then I look at the detour routes for major projects from the perspective of technical traffic safety. At the Postweg this was not difficult: rerouting via De Waal was by far the best and safest option.' Currently, traffic to De Cocksdorp is diverted via De Waal over Hoofdweg and Hollandseweg and back to Den Burg over Stengweg. At first the detour ran just the other way around. 'Sometimes you find out in practice that an adjustment is necessary. That was the case here. At the request of the business owners we reversed the route. Also recently, at the request of De Cocksdorp residents, the inner dike road along Lancasterdijk was temporarily opened for one-way traffic (motorized).' Both Hollandseweg and Stengweg suffer from increased traffic pressure due to the detour. Dennenberg agrees. 'Both roads were already in need of major maintenance. Then you can do two things: either you apply shoulder surfacing in advance and the road has to be completely rebuilt later, or you choose to do the maintenance properly in one go. We chose that option. After the Postweg is completed, we will start the maintenance of these roads. That will probably be after the 2023 construction period.

 

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