At present our city is turning into a huge monstrous building pit. Slowly but surely the whole town is being restructured. I am not joking either.
What is happening is the following; We have a train track running through town. It runs just outside the medieval city, on the other side of the (partially former) canal, mill and some factories. It a two lane is on a viaduct and it is used at least 8 times an hour, excluding international trains that also pass every hour or two. It has now been decided to double the tracks to allow more trains to punt them in a tunnel under the city, which will be great once…………. A lot of houses are being demolished at present. It was sad to see at first all these houses from late 19th and early 20th century, but now what is happening is quite amazing. The train station once surrounded by houses is now slowly reappearing and showing its beauty again. The train station will stay, as it is a monument The new train station will be built next to it. Once completed the train station will stand in grandeur in between new buildings. I think it will look pretty. But we are talking at least 2013 for that.
The former canal will reappear and as luck would have it in the same period we need major work on three bridges all on the same side of town about 300 m apart.
The first bridge has a crack and is already out of used for heavy traffic. As a new tram line will need to go over it it needs a new door (basically the road plate), bridge two is an old bridge, once pained by Johannes Vermeer. It will need to be completely changed to allow the tram line to go over it. Then there is a little bridge which is for pedestrians and cyclists and is the primary route for students to go to the local university. This bridge needs major maintenance and what else. These three projects are just 200 m south of the train station project.
Now as if this was not enough Just south and north of there we are working through realignment of roads. And resurfacing in the old city.
So in a few months time to go east west in town we need to go around the whole town. We are so looking forward to living in the building site for a few years. The best part of it though . . . Our new house seems to be in the clear of all these structural changes.