The A74 is a motorway with 2x2 lanes running from node Tiglia in Venlo to the German border. Here the road turns into the Bundesautobahn 61 which runs until Hockenheim in Baden-Württemberg. With the construction of the new highway, which was officially opened on April 4, 2012, the traffic in Venlo had to decline.


In the initial phase were drawn up four variants. A connection of the Bundesautobahn 61 with the A73 two so-called plateau variants were prepared. The other two variants, Klagenfurt Variants referred to, consisted of a compound of the BAB61 with the A73. The sunken platform variant that at the height of the Cologne Barrier meets the BAB61 received after an EIA study preferred by Minister of Transport De Boer.
Resistance neighbors
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.
Start building
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.


The route of the A74 at junction Tiglia start at the height of the railway viaduct, south of the Zuiderbrug at Venlo. Here the A73 splits off the A74. The A73 continues to Maasbracht and south on the A2. The new road segments are approximately 6 kilometers long, the Dutch part is 1893 meters long. A speed limit applies there of 120 km / h.
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
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.

Consequences after realization

The construction of the highway is the north side of Venlo now easily accessible and there's a faster connection emerged with the most important trading partner. As a result, the municipality of Venlo rid of one and a half million trucks that reason annually through the streets of the municipality. The local roads were not designed for so much traffic, so this was at the expense of the local traffic.
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.