The Botlek bridge is part of a busy junction of rail, road and waterway traffic. The previous Botlek bridge had become a bottleneck for freight and shipping, because it was too narrow and too low.
Commissioned by Rijkswaterstaat the construction of the new bridge started in 2011 and ended in 2015. The new Botlek bridge is significantly larger than the previous one. The bridge is wider, so ships from both directions can pass the bridge at the same time. The new bridge is also higher, so it has to open less frequently.
The new Botlekbrug is a very large movable bridge for both road and rail traffic. The bridge consists of two movable bridge decks each approximately 100m long and 45m wide, which are lifted in about 45 minutes. The lifting portals are founded on solid blocks underwater concrete measuring 65m by 16m and 8m high. Each deck weighs approximately 5.000 tons and is balanced by two counterweights. In addition to two spectacular movable bridge parts, the work includes several access ramps for rail, road and slow traffic.
Appointed as the Technical Inspection Service, SECO carried out independent checks of the structural design and inspection visits at site.
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