The province of Noord-Brabant had a special perspective for the new road construction of N69. Between A67 and the Belgian border we seek to build a new road combined with big investments in nature, agriculture, landscapes, water and recreation. And local measures has to be taken as well. In this way we can better use the existing capacity of the main road network and better control traffic flows. People can get to their destination as quickly as possible.

Ambitions

Last 40 years many traffic jams occured on N69. Therefore there is a lot of cut-through traffic in villages. Lots of people use small farm roads in the neighborhood as well. Trucks are crossing are passing the hart of villages; it has big effects on the people who are living in those villages. But there is a solution for these problems.

The province of Noord-Brabant seek to build an new road and is working on this project with lots of partners. We are using the opportunity to invest in spatial quality of the area. Local measures allows us to better use the existing capacity of the main road network and better control traffic flows. Aim is to improve accessibility without harming air quality, quality of life, nature and road safety.

Partners

Province Noord-Brabant, Metropool Regio Eindhoven (daily urban system), communities of Eindhoven, Veldhoven, Eersel, Waalre, Valkenswaard Bergeijk and Lommel (Belgium), water boards De Dommel (regional water authority), Staatsbosbeheer and Natuurmonumenten (managers of a sizeable amount of the nature reserves), Southern Agriculture and Horticulture Organization (ZLTO- represents the interests of entrepreneurs working in green areas), The Chamber of Commerce (Kamer van Koophandel), Association of recreation entrepreneurs (Recron), Foundation for environment of Brabant (BMF), Organisations for protection and managing Brabant’s Nature, Employers' Organisation for Brabant and Zeeland (BZW), Flemisch Government, province of Limburg (Belgium), part of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment which is responsible for the design, construction, management and maintenance of the main infrastructure facilities in Brabant (RWS), representative of companies in the Netherlands that transport goods (EVO), Dutch Association for Transport and Logistics (TLN), association of citizens of Dommelen and Riethoven.

Cees van den Boer, program manager N69

Because we are cooperating with lots of partners in this project, from government to recreation entrepeneurs, we can achieve so much more for this area…. We tried to take all interest into account so people in general can profit.

New way of collaboration

Aim has always been to improve accessibility without harming air quality, quality of life, nature and road safety. All partners have negotiated with their own interests but taking others into account as well. After 40 years of discussion the province worked with the Mutual Gains Approach in negotiations (MGA). This is a process model, based on hundreds of real-world cases and experimental findings, that lays out four steps for negotiating better outcomes while protecting relationships and reputation.
Involved parties have to have more than one goal or concern in mind and more than one issue that can be addressed in the agreement they reach. The model allows parties to improve their chances of creating an agreement superior to existing alternatives. Creativity of the group can be used in better solutions to improve accessibility without harming air quality, quality of life, nature and road safety. The process seems to take longer in the beginning but it gains in time during the process because the basis is much better.

Tailor made solutions

Province of Noord-Brabant invests 140 million euro to build a new road and another 12 million euro to invest in nature, quality of life etc. This can be used for example for recovery of brooks, better and more cycle paths and bridleways. Partners are also investing in a larger ecological network.
The regional water authority is a good partner to realize aquifer storage and recovery for instance. All together approximately 250 million euro will be invested in the area for tailor made solutions.

Project N69 = collaboration for better accessibility, quality of life and nature!

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