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Bridge over the Canal Albert

Vroenhoven
Belgium
Construction period: 
2007-2012
Project owner: 
DE SCHEEPVAART
Amount of the works: 
€ 14.223.693
Project

In order to increase the capacity of the waterway network, bridges over the 'Albert Canal' are modified to achieve a width of 86m and a free height of 9,10m.

This allow passage for push towing with four layers of containers.

The bridge is a 'cable-stayed bridge' and has a total span of 194,78m. The intermediate span with a length of 106m is located above the canal.

At the side of Riemst, the land abutment acts as counterweight for the bridge and is partly integrated in the museum building together with the technical room.

Besides the bridge, the project comprises a lot of retaining structures type L-wall, an integrated museum with bicycle storage, stairwells, a renovated bunker and an amphitheater.

Assignment

SECO's assignment consisted in assessing the risks associated with construction works for a period of ten years.

SECO guided the authorities and contractors based on its knowledge of the Eurocodes.