The present N279, the main route between Veghel and Asten, needs to be reconstructed to make it quicker, smarter and safer. This means adding fly-overs to avoid junctions, a bypass near Helmond, and the application of smart technology such as smart mobility.
A future-proof N279 between Veghel and Asten is crucial to the economic power of south-eastern Brabant. The aim of the N279 Veghel-Asten project is to improve the flow of traffic and increase road safety. That will have a positive impact on the living environment along the route. The Province of Noord-Brabant, the municipalities of Meierijstad, Helmond, Laarbeek, Gemert-Bakel, Asten en Deurne, Waterschap Aa en Maas and the Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management are working together to turn the N279 into a future-proof, innovative trunk road.
After years of careful preparation, the Provincial Council approved the provincial zoning amendment (PIP) for the N279 on 7 December 2018. This will give the measures proposed for the current road and the start of the Helmond ring road a sound legal basis. Work on the new road is scheduled to start in 2020.
The plan will mean that:
- Fly-overs will replace same-level insections on the N279;
- for the time being, the N279 will continue to be a 2x1 lane road. The measures being taken will anticipate the widening of the road to 2x2 lanes without any further major investment;
- the N279 will be re-routed around the Dierdonk suburb of Helmond;
- in Veghel, the current roadway will be widened to 2x2 lanes, keeping same-level intersections.
Planning phase: Plan study/Realization
- Approval of PIP by Provincial Council: 2018
- Appeals procedure for PIP: 2019
- Start of work: 2020
- Completion: 2023
N279 route map
Have a look at the interactive route information map: the draft design associated with the provincial zoning amendment (PIP) for the N279 Veghel-Asten (Dutch only).