The new Botlek lift bridge over the Maas in the port of Rotterdam sets standards! It is the largest lifting mass in the world and offers the fastest lift/lower cycle. The bridge should have a lifespan of 100 years and must withstand 900.000 lifting operations without damage.
The new Botlek Bridge is a combined rail and road bridge that replaces the old Botlek Bridge, as part of a major renovation of the A15 motorway in the Netherlands.
This bridge is really a ‘steel chunk of superlatives’: Its two movable superstructures each have a span of 92 m and are around 50 m wide. Each of these monster parts weighs 4.850 t. Together they could practically outweigh the Eiffel Tower!
Such an impressive bridge deserves an impressive track system. We are proud to be involved in this project by providing technical advice, the track design, components and the installation of the double track. Our Corkelast® ERS Embedded Rail System was installed to attain the highest track availability.
The railway bridge is planned to be operational in Spring 2021. The construction consortium A-Lanes consists of John Laing, Strabag, Ballast Nedam and Strukton.
You may also be interested in:
https://www.edilonsedra.com/handbook (free PDF handbook ERS on Bridges)
https://www.edilonsedra.com/bridge-railtrack-competence-centre/ (our Bridge Competence Centre)