First cars to cross eye-catching Botlek bridge in Rotterdam, the Netherlands
On 12 July the new Botlek vertical-lift bridge was officially opened to road traffic. The first cars passed the bridge in one direction.
The eye-catching bridge with its remarkable symmetrical composition will be fully operational in 2017 with two double lanes and a railway crossing the Old Meuse. It is one of the largest vertical-lift bridges in Europe.
A-Lanes A15 consortium built the bridge and will also be responsible for its maintenance for the next 20 years.
The total value of the design, build, finance en maintain (dbfm) contract is 1,5 billion euro.First cars passed the bridge on 12 July.
Less frequently opened for shipping
The bridge contributes to a better through flow of both road and water. The sail-through height of the new bridge is 6 m higher so it does not have to open very often.
The shipping traffic can also pass the bridge from both sides simultaneously. Further, the number of lanes per road traffic direction is being expanded from one to two.
Lifting towers and decks
Construction of the 1200 m long bridge started in 2011. It has six lifting towers between which are suspended two bridge decks.
Two sets of red cable pulleys have been installed on each tower. The cable pulleys can raise and lower the bridge decks.
The two decks are 87×50 m, each with a surface area approaching a football field.
A-Lanes A15 is a joint venture between two Dutch constructors Ballast Nedam and Strukton, Austrian constructor Strabag and British Infrastructure investment business John Laing Group.
Contracting authority is the national department of public works Rijkswaterstaat.
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Impression of the first deck being shipped in on a pontoon from a nearby dry dock on 13 September 2014.