Limburg Water Board challenges the market for an innovative solution for backyard residents in Arcen

Tenders for the entire project with dike reinforcement and relocation will start this summer

The offer of dike improvement, dike relocation, interconnection options and watercourse restoration in Arcen can start. A special feature of the Arcen is the barrier through the backyards of 36 residents and entrepreneurs. Residents here have a preference for a more expensive self-closing barrier. To enable this, risk-sharing agreements and the contributions of all parties have been made in recent months. Now it’s the market partners’ turn. In a tender, they are challenged to look for smart and affordable solutions to the complex task in the Arcen. On 13 July, there is an information evening for residents and entrepreneurs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Water Council in Limburg is working on flood risk management tasks for 18 projects along the Maas in Limburg. One of these projects is the dike improvement in Arcen. The preferred alternative for the Limburg water council is to realize a barrier with glass and face values ​​in the residents’ backyards (with a separate entrance in each garden). There is a desire among the residents for a self-closing boom, so that their view of the Maas is preserved at times when the boom is not necessary.

Contribution to self-closing barrier
However, a self-closing barrier is more expensive than the (fixed) glass barrier and therefore does not fit within the project’s available budget. In recent months, residents and authorities have done everything they can to complete the ‘business case’ for a self-closing waterworks. 35 residents and entrepreneurs, whose backyards border the Maas, have entered into further agreements with the water council to make a significant contribution to the business case. In addition, Venlo municipality and the province of Limburg contribute. Finally, quite recently, a significant contribution was made from the National Disaster Fund to the Fund for Advocacy for Residents along the Maas. This contribution is also used for the business case. All this indicates that there is great support in Arcen to challenge the market for self-closing flood defenses.

Challenge for the market
The business case has provided financial resources to challenge the market to bridge the gap between a self-closing and a glass barrier. Whether this is sufficient is uncertain. “We will tempt the market to come up with the best solution for Arcen-Midden. It could be a self-closing barrier, but we only know when the plans have been presented and assessed on a mix of quality, economy and the proposed solution. That we can now start offering the entire project for Arcen is the result of an intensive collaboration between residents, entrepreneurs, municipality, province, Flood Protection Program (HWBP) and the water council. We can all be proud of that, ”says Jos Teeuwen, portfolio holder for flood protection and flood protection at the Limburg Water Board.

The task includes more than 5 kilometers of dikes
Although the situation in the gardens is complex and requires a lot of attention, the task in the Arcen is many times greater. In total, the project is about 5.1 kilometers of dikes that need to be reinforced or moved. This also includes glass or self-closing barrier in the gardens. This barrier will be almost 700 meters long. Part of the offer is also the dike reinforcement and relocation in Arcen North and South, the connection possibilities within the historical-recreational ‘old Arcen’, restoration of Lingforsterbeek and construction of the fish passage at Wymarsche watermill.

Get work done
In Arcen, the water council works closely with, among others, Venlo municipality and the province of Limburg, Rijkswaterstaat and Limburgs Landschap. In order to make the work work and prevent inconvenience to the residents as much as possible, it was investigated whether other work could be carried out at the same time as the dike improvement. These so-called interconnection options relate, for example, to traffic initiatives and construction of the two-sided cycle path at Schans, additional construction of parking spaces and redevelopment of Maasboulevard and Schanstorenplein. All this to give the spatial quality an impetus.

Market now on
The offer consists of two steps. After registration of the companies and a selection phase based on a number of experience requirements, three market participants with the best ideas are selected. They are then asked to elaborate on the proposal further and submit it to the overall task in the Arcen. The proposals are assessed on the basis of different (quality) requirements. A delegation from the residents is also part of this assessment committee. They can also consider the offers on the barrier at the gardens. The submitted plans are assessed, among other things, on the limitation of nuisances and nuisances, the spatial quality and the sustainability of the plans. In the end, the party with the most suitable offer is chosen. Quality is more important than price. The tender material will be published on TenderNed in August.

Procedure and planning
The overall design will be included in the Environmental Act’s draft project executive order (current water law project plan) with other design permits, and there is a possibility for opinions and complaints about this. This draft project decision covers the entire Arcen dike task, including the dikes, watercourse restoration and interconnection options. At the same time, the amicable hearings on land acquisition are taking place. Work is expected to begin during 2025.

Information evening on 13 July
On Wednesday evening, 13 July, the Limburg Water Council will arrange a meeting on dike improvement. There is an information market in MFA de Schans from 19.00 to 21.00. That evening, interested parties can get to grips with topics such as planning, the first sketch designs and research into the research results for flora and fauna. It is not necessary to sign up this evening. There is also the opportunity for interested parties to have a one-on-one conversation with our area managers prior to the information evening. More information about this evening can be found at www.waterschaplimburg.nl/dijkversterking-arcen.

Part of the flood protection program
Our Meuse. Our security. To continue to protect residents and companies in Maasdalen from the high tides of the future, we work every day on strong dikes. The dike improvement in the Arcen is part of the National Flood Protection Program (HWBP). The largest dike improvement operation since Deltaværket. In this program, water boards, the Rijkswaterstaat and market and knowledge institutes will improve more than 1,500 kilometers of dikes and 500 locks and pumping stations throughout the Netherlands over the next thirty years. This requires smart interaction with partners and stakeholders in the Limburg Water Board. Together we decide what is important for the area. In this way, we are building a flood-proof and attractive Limburg Meuse landscape for the future.

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