[VIDEO] Jan De Nul installs new bridge in the heart of Brussels

A Jan De Nul team has installed the central part of the new Suzan Daniel bridge over the Brussels-Scheldt Canal in the heart of Brussels. Once completed, this bridge will form an important link for cyclists, pedestrians and public transport between the neighbourhood around the North Station and Tour & Taxis.

The installation of the bridge started Wednesday evening 14 April and was completed on the 17the of April at 5 am.

For the past six months, this 60-metre-long and 13-metre-wide bridge section has been assembled on the Quai des Mines, next to the final installation site, and where steel arches and a stainless steel pedestrian section were integrated into the concrete bridge deck.

Aelterman bvba from Ghent, a partner in this project, was responsible for the production of the steel arches, which were delivered by barge in August 2020.

Canal open again for shipping

The 1200-tonne bridge section was driven onto a pontoon, after which the pontoon transported the bridge to its installation location near the Vergote dock. There, Jan De Nul carefully installed the bridge on piers. As from Monday 19 April, the canal was open again for shipping.

The Suzan Daniel bridge will be 120 metres long in total. In the coming months, Jan De Nul will build the concrete abutments on both sides of the canal and connect them to the central bridge section.

Author: Mariska Buitendijk

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