NEW WAYS TO GROWTH
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Grenaa's new bypass will boost growth for the municipality and the Port of Grenaa as from 2017.
When the ribbon is cut and the new bypass north of the town is declared open in November 2017, it could be the start of a new era for Grenaa, the port and the entire municipality.
The bypass will not only direct heavy southbound traffic from the A 16 around the town and direct to the port, but will also boost interest in setting up new businesses on the huge commercial areas laid out on both sides of the new road running to the north of the town. And it's not hard to imagine that some of those businesses will make use of the close proximity of the port to send and receive their cargoes by sea.
The new bypass will certainly be a trump card for the Port of Grenaa in the form of cutting edge access by road. The bypass terminates at the port, where there is plenty of space for loading and unloading cargoes - even large scale. Part of the road will also be built to accommodate modular road trains.
"The bypass gives the competitiveness of the port a significant boost compared to other ports, where there are often problems getting heavy traffic to and from. The bypass means we can relieve Grenaa of a good deal of the traffic that used to have to pass through the town - something we are pleased about. We can also see a lot of potential for the port to be able to gain from the trend towards very large areas designated for industrial use along the new road," says Henrik Carstensen. "It's very important that Norddjurs Municipality is supporting the major employer that the Port of Grenaa represents."
The new bypass is a win-win project for Norddjurs Municipality in every way. While the municipality paid for the Environmental Impact Assessment prior to the project starting, the Danish government is paying for the construction costs. The total budget is DKK 114 million. That makes the 6 kilometre road one of the biggest standalone projects in the municipality's history, one which has been in progress since 2009, when it became part of the government's agreement on a new, green transport policy.
The size of the project has not prevented the municipality from taking on the job as the developer, and according to Project Manager Henrik Bjerring Poulsen, there were a number of benefits in doing so:
"The municipality is in daily contact with contractors anyway. That's a big advantage when it comes to making decisions. We're on the spot, and can make an immediate assessment. That means that we can solve problems very quickly," he explains.
Contact via municipal personnel has also been an advantage in dealings with neighbours to the project. "Local knowledge also made a difference here, and was a major advantage when it came to drawing up plans for land use," says Henrik Bjerring Poulsen.
The project's schedule and budget are in target, and no overruns are expected running up to planned opening in just over a year. The agreement with the government included the municipality paying for any budget overruns, and that the new road would be municipally owned and maintained.
A BOOST FOR THE ENTIRE MUNICIPALITY
Norddjurs Municipality's mayor, Jan Petersen, has high expectations for the new bypass running to the north of Grenaa on behalf of residents who will no longer have to suffer heavy traffic passing through the town on the way to the port, and on behalf of the port and the entire municipality:
"The bypass gives the port an even bigger advantage over the competition. We know that accessibility is becoming an increasingly important competitive parameter, and as from next year, the Port of Grenaa will have unique road access direct to the port gates. That will not only benefit the port, but the entire municipality, which naturally has the success of the port as a high priority. We will all benefit if the port can attract even more activities," concludes Jan Petersen.
The new road also makes it possible to designate new industrial areas along its route. "Businesses will be able to establish themselves here with easy access to the A 16 and port. This is another milestone in our long campaign to help industry and generate jobs in the municipality," emphasises Jan Petersen.
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