There was much resistance from local residents, thus Minister Peijs as yet made no choice. In February 2007 there would be a draft routing decision be taken on the condition that was met air quality. Minister Eurlings late 2009 signed a new draft routing decision. Given the Floriade of 2012, which took place in Venlo, Minister Eurlings promised to make efforts to establish the planning procedures in the third quarter of 2010, so the A74 before the start of the Floriade could be opened.
Minister Eurlings signed the final planning procedures for the construction of the A74 on August 9, 2010. A number of local residents and foundations appealed to the Council of State to annul the planning procedures. However, on April 27, 2011, the State Council declared that it was unfounded. After the construction of the motorway was officially opened on April 4, 2012. The day after the road was opened to traffic. The contract price of the project amounted to 34.28 million euro.
The unique feature of this project was the same walk of the design process with the planning procedures. Where possible has already started the work before a final decision had been made. The special feature of this extensive project was the very short lead time. During construction also posted a gain in time of six months, thus opening could take place just before the start of the Floriade.
Interchanges and exits
Given the short length of the Dutch section of the motorway, there is not located any entrance or exit. The next junction on the German part of the highway, the Mönchengladbach intersection with Bundesautobahn 52.
The road, which runs partly by nature, the landscape is aligned with concern for the nearby countryside. The road has been engrossed in part and increased constructed in part, so that the A74 as far as possible integrated into the landscape. Nature is compensated by creating new nature reserves with a total area of 30 hectares, restore forest edges, 35 000 trees and shrubs to plant bat routes to preserve the environment and to achieve ecological connections.
Artworks and other buildings and structures
The route consists of various art and buildings. These relate to the motorway itself, the surrounding infrastructure and the environment.
- 9 artworks
- 9 divers
- Renew or increase of 6500 meter noise barriers
- Pushing Wylre Beek
- Environmental compensation
- Realization ecological connections
Ecoduct Ulingsheide with a width of 58 meters the widest ecological connection in the Netherlands. It is an ecological connection between the Ulingsheide / Jammerdal area and Wambach / Raven Heath area. This makes this ecological corridor is suitable for include red deer and wild boar.
Venlo has one of the largest greenhouse areas of the country and also many transport and transshipment. These companies benefit from better accessibility and faster loading and unloading of goods to and from Germany.