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After the symbolic opening in March by His Majesty King Willem-Alexander, the over ground landscaping of the Groene Loper (Green Carpet), an example of public green infrastructure in Maastricht, had continued in full swing. After transferring 80% of the original A2-line high-speed traffic underground, the 2 kilometers long part of Groene Loper between Geusselt and Europaplein was finally completed and opened to the public on 13 June.
Within the design of the Green Carpet, slow traffic is prioritized. Pedestrians and cyclists get plenty of space and priority in the middle yellow zone. High-speed cyclists, e-bikes or scooters will have to opt for the car lane, where due to the optically narrow road profile and implementation of atmospheric landscape and public space elements, users are expected to be stimulated to drive slower than the maximum permitted speed of 50 kilometers per hour.
What remains to be completed is the connection between the Stadionweg and the Severenstraat, the Geusseltpark and another bridge over the Geusseltvijver which are expected to be finished in the second half of 2018. Images by Fred Berghmans, courtesy Projectbureau A2 Maastricht.
After the delivery of the City Square in 2016, the Rio Cali Park phase 2 broke gound in spring 2017, moving forward with construction of the western stretch of Río Cali Park. Until to date the construction continues which includes the two custom designed footbridges that will frame the river where it swerves perpendicularly across the park. Recently West 8 project leader Juan Figueroa Calero was on site for the supervision of the final phase of the bridge construction. Images above show the completed portion of the river front promenade and the concrete and steel structure of the bridges spanning across the river, getting ready for the precast railing and the rest of the prefabricated parts to be fixed on top during the upcoming seasons.
more information: Río Cali Park Phase 2 Breaks Ground
West 8's plans for Phase One of Houston Botanic Garden, called “Botanic Beginnings” have been unveiled. Set to open to the public in fall 2020, the 120-acres of botanic gardens including wetlands, a children’s garden and nature play area, picnic groves, a tree farm, trails and an events lawn will welcome Houstonians from all walks of life.