Botlekbrug – Lifting Bridge

Rotterdam, Netherlands
A-Lanes A15
Competence Center: 
CC BrĂĽckenbau
CC Structural Modeling

Due to the expansion of the harbour in Rotterdam (Europoort – Maasvlakte 2) the approx. 40 km of the feeder motorway A15 has to be repaired, widened and partly newly built.

The core part of the route was the new construction of a lifting bridge, the so-called Botlekbrug. The very attractive bridge construction project took place under difficult conditions. The setting up of both the foundation and the piers in water as well as the limited space to the existing lifting bridge represented a special challenge for design and execution. The bridge is planned as road, railway, cycle and pedestrian bridge.

The project across the river “Oude Maas” includes two lifting bridge spans, which can be separately lifted. The span lengths amount to 92 m each, the width of the cross section is approx. 50 m. The required height of lift is 31 m. The bridge consists of three longitudinally oriented approx. 14 m high steel lattice formworks, which carry the deck oriented in transverse position.