Traffic situation A2 Maastricht
Since the opening of the Koning Willem-Alexander tunnel in December 2016 the daily routes driven around Maastricht are changed. If you follow the signs to your destination, you will automatically be guided to the correct lane. Pay close attention to the road signs and switch off your satnav!
Early traffic separation
New road signage means that through traffic toward Eindhoven or Liège (A2) and local and regional traffic (N2) will be separated early at the following locations:
- From Eindhoven and Heerlen/Aachen: just before the Kruisdonk interchange
- From Liège at junction 55 A2 (Randwyck)
This factsheet explains the locations. If you are driving at these locations, be sure to look closely at the road signs both along and above the road. If you follow the signs to your destination, you will automatically be guided to the correct lane.
Follow the road signs to your destination
All directions are indicated on the road signs. Make sure that you know what they mean:
- Maastricht-Centrum Noord: toward the city centre via Noorderbrug (to the north of the city)
- Maastricht-Centrum Zuid: toward the city centre via John F. Kennedybrug (to the south of the city)
- Maastricht-Noord: for the Beatrixhaven industrial estate and the north of the city. This connection has been in use since summer 2014.
(exit 52 on the A2 and Nieuwe Limmelderweg have been open to traffic since summer 2014)
- Maastricht-Zuid: for Maastricht University Hospital (azM)/Maastricht UMC+, MECC, and the south of the city
New directions for local traffic from 9 April
If everything goes according to plan, the tunnel should be operational from 9 April. The local traffic that is currently using the temporary above-ground routes will then move below ground permanently:
- Traffic from Eindhoven/Heerlen toward Maastricht-Centrum Zuid or Cadier en Keer goes through the N2 tunnel tube and takes exit 54 at the end of the tunnel.
- Traffic from Noorderbrug/Viaductweg and Terblijterweg heading south will pass through the N2 tunnel tube. If you want to go to Maastricht-Centrum Zuid or Cadier en Keer, then exit right at the end of the tunnel and take exit 54. You will arrive on John F. Kennedysingel. If you want to go to Maastricht-Zuid or Liège, then stay on the A2.
- Traffic from the John F. Kennedysingel heading north will take the new slip road to the N2 tunnel tube. For Maastricht-Centrum Noord or Berg en Terblijt, exit right at the end of the tunnel and take exit 53. For Eindhoven and Heerlen stay on the A2.
- The slipway from John F. Kennedysingel to the A2 toward Liège will be open from 9 April. Exit 54 from Liège toward Maastricht-Centrum Zuid and Cadier en Keer will be open from 26 April.
Please note: final closure of the temporary N2
All traffic will pass through the tunnel from 9 April. The temporary N2 motorway between Geusselt and Europaplein will then be permanently closed for traffic heading north- south and in reverse. This closure is necessary for the construction of the Groene Loper (the green carpet). Traffic towards east or west can go trough.
Stay alert and choose the correct direction in good time
- Stay alert – don't drive on 'automatic pilot'.
- Pay close attention to the road signs, and choose the correct direction in good time.
- Turn off your navigation system.
- Be vigilant and alert to what the road users around you are doing.
If you accidentally take the wrong road
If you have taken the wrong road, don’t panic! Temporary diversions are there to guide you to your destination, so please follow them and do not try to find an alternative route yourself.
The works over the coming months aim to complete the new traffic system for A2 Maastricht. This will mean more inconvenience and changes to driving routes for local traffic. However, our newsletter will keep you up to date on accessibility.
Please note: the works over the coming months are for the completion of the new traffic system for A2 Maastricht. We will keep you up to date about accessibility through our newsletter.