At the place where the Solar Highways project is being implemented, a section of around 400 metres of the concrete noise barrier has been removed. This was done in June 2018.
The first part of the Solar Highways project involved pulling down the concrete noise barrier that had stood there. This work has since been completed. The resulting sections of concrete wall will be re-used in a sustainable way in other new noise barrier projects on the A50 corridor, in Nistelrode and Veghel.
From 9 - 11 July inclusive piles will be installed in the ground using the vibration method, preparing the ground for the Solar Highways project. That means that the foundations will be completed before the start of the summer construction shut-down. From August - November the new concrete sections of wall (lower metre) and sound-proof solar panels will be installed.
In November the cabling and the electrical systems will be completed and then tested. Commissioning and supplies of power from the Solar Highways project is planned for December 2018.
Now that the concrete noise barrier has been pulled down there will, for a time, be no noise barrier. The project schedule envisages all possible measures to keep this period to a minimum. In the period in question, local residents will be subjected to extra traffic noise. A letter sent to all local residents explains the situation in detail to them.