Work to be largely finished by end of 2020
Corona speeds up Zernike renovations
This means the biggest part of the renovations will be done by the end of this year, rather than somewhere in 2021, the city of Groningen reports.
The extensive upgrade is aimed at making the campus nicer and more attractive. The bus lane, the bicycle paths, the sidewalks, and the Zernike square will all be updated, the Duisenberg pond is undergoing a metamorphosis, and the Zernikelaan itself will look like a park in places.
Path and trees
On the north side of the campus, crew have dug out ponds and created a walking path. They’ll plant trees in the autumn and plant greenery all along the Zernikelaan.
The changes to the Duisenberg pond are also taking shape. The quays will be outfitted with a steel construction. After the construction holidays, they’ll be covered with a wooden plank bridge. Construction will create a park next to the Duisenberg pond.
The bus lane has been partially renovated and on the north side of the campus, near EnTranCe, the road has been widened. A new cycling path and sidewalk have also been created. In 2019, the entrance to the campus got an extra lane and new cycling paths and sidewalks.
De route to the Crematoriumlaan has been changed and the exits from the ring road were widened to improve the flow of traffic. The city installed traffic lights to make the situation safer.
In the summer of 2021, the final part of the bus lane renovations, the bus junction, will be completed. The city will also build stands for the Willem-Alexander Sports Centre. This will mark the end of the Zernikelaan upgrade.