|Autosnelweg A37 in the Netherlands|
|Overall length:||42 km|
The Rijksweg 37 (abbreviation: RW 37 ) - short: Autosnelweg 37 (abbreviation: A37 ) - is a Dutch highway which by Knooppunt Hoogeveen through the province Drenthe about Emmen to the German border at Zwartemeer / twist runs. There it turns into federal highway 402 . The A37 is part of the European route 233 .
At the end of the 1990s, work began on expanding the then N37 into a motorway with 2 × 2 lanes. The first piece between the Knooppunt Hoogeveen and the Knooppunt Holsloot was opened to traffic in 2003. At the end of October 2007, the last section between Knooppunt Holsloot and the border was released. On the German side, the B402 continues and after about 2.7 km, at the Meppen junction, reaches the A31 .
The main argument for the new building was the high number of fatal accidents on the N37. In addition, the province's economy wanted better motorway connections.
The official opening of the motorway was on January 21, 2008. At the opening ceremony, a. the Dutch Transport Minister Camiel Eurlings and the German Minister Wolfgang Tiefensee were guests. The A37 is part of the fast connection between the Randstad and the northern German cities of Hamburg and Bremen as well as Scandinavia .
Noise barrier and business park
A noise barrier was built between Klazienaveen and Zwartemeer to protect against fine dust and traffic noise. It was put into operation on February 22, 2007.
Later it turned out that the first TruckCity in the Netherlands should be built in Rotterdam and not in Emmen. On March 31, 2010 it was announced that a TruckCity would be built next to the A37 near Emmen with a new investor.
Art objects along the A37
- Areas of manure: At Hoogeveen in the direction of Emmen there is a picture from the series Velden van Nevel by Rudi van de Wint on a 20 meter high hill .
- Two winning works of art from an art competition organized by the city of Emmen stand in front of the Veenoord and Zwartemeer exits. It's a graffiti on a wooden wall and a large butterfly.