Infranea supports TEC in future-proofing the tunnels of Amsterdam
Oostelijke Langstraat is the area on both sides of the A59 between ‘s-Hertogenbosch and Waalwijk. The Province of North Brabant is collaborating with the municipalities of Heusden,‘s-Hertogenbosch and Waalwijk, Water Board Aa & Maas and the Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management on a substantial improvement to Oostelijke Langstraat. The aim of this broad area approach is threefold: nature, water and traffic.
The Scheldt Tunnel forms the most important element of the Oosterweel Link and will complete the Antwerp Ring Road on the northern side. The tunnel has a total length of 1,800m and will be constructed in line with the “immersed tunnel” method. In order to do so, 8 tunnel elements of around 60,000 tons each will be constructed in the Rear Port of Zeebrugge and then floated via the North Sea and the Western Scheldt to Antwerp. There, they will be immersed one after another in a previously dredged trench in the Scheldt.
The project involved construction of a third and fourth railway track between Ghent and Bruges. Two major rail traffic flows converge here: on the one hand, the freight traffic that goes from the port of Zeebrugge past Bruges and Ghent-Sint-Pieters towards Merelbeke, and on the other hand the passenger traffic on the Ostend, Bruges-Ghent-Sint-Pieters and Brussels axes. On peak days, more than 300 trains a day run between the stations at Gent-Sint-Pieters and Bruges.
The Koningstunnel is a complex structure next to the central station in The Hague, with entrance and exit lanes and differences in the number of lanes per traffic tube and tunnel section. This tunnel also contains as many as 40 technical installations, including lighting, ventilation, traffic detection, etc. In 2019, all obsolete equipment will be replaced and new equipment will be fitted to meet new tunnel safety requirements. The service building will also be modernised and expanded.
The Lek canal connects the River Lek with the Amsterdam Rhine canal, thereby forming an important shipping connection between Amsterdam and Rotterdam. The monumental Beatrix lock, with its two gullies, formed a bottleneck on this connection because of the increasing number of ships and the dimensions of modern-day pusher tugs. Rijkswaterstaat decided to build a third lock chamber to ensure that waiting times for shipping remained acceptable.