The first railway bridge of Theemswegrace at Rotterdam port has been put in place, crossing the Rozenburgsesluis. This is an important part of the new Theemsweg Route.
The bridge will be driven in the direction of the Rozenburgsesluis where it will be transported across to the east side on a pontoon. From there it will be driven alongside the lock across a specially laid track of broken rubble and sand to its final position.
The bridge will be placed on two pillars at the final destination on April 11.
The bridge comprises 4,500 tonnes of steel, is 176.8 metres long and 30 metres high, and its 20-metre width is spacious enough to accommodate a double track.
The SaVe consortium of Besix, Dura Vermeer, Mobilis, Hollandia and Iemants is constructing the substructure of the Theemsweg Route, a 4-km stretch of concrete viaduct and two steel arched bridges.
The Theemsweg Route is a EUR 300 million solution to the problems associated with the Calandbrug near Rozenburg. This steel vertical-lift bridge for rail and road traffic in the port’s area is the Betuwe Route connection to the European hinterland.
For ocean shipping, the vertical-lift bridge forms the gateway to the Brittanniëhaven.
“Due to the growth in rail transport and ocean shipping traffic to and from the Brittanniëhaven, the Port Authority provides a capacity bottleneck solution for rail traffic. The construction of the Theemsweg Route resolves this bottleneck,” Ronald Paul, COO, Port of Rotterdam Authority, said.