The new pedestrian and bicycle bridge, designed by ZJA, will replace the IJzerlaanbridge across the Albert Canal. The new bicycle bridge is nearly half a kilometre long, making it the longest bicycle bridge of Flanders. On the night of 3 - 4 December, the steel deck of the new bridge will be installed.
The 85-meter long and 230-ton weighing bridge deck will be placed on a pontoon and slowly maneuvered into her new position. The bridge deck will be placed on the bridge pillars with the use of two cranes. In order to minimize the obstruction to shipping traffic, the bridge deck will be moved into position in one go. After this, finishing of the bridge deck will be completed. The bridge will be put into use in April 2017.
The steel bridge has a strong horizontal character, with the side-rails acting as load-bearing elements. Over the canal, these rails are opened up to create high spatial beams, so as to offer views of the surrounding area. The bridge has a dark grey exterior, befitting the harsh industrial environment. On the other hand, the inside of the bridge focuses on the user and has a light white colour, providing a pleasant cycle route. The V-shaped columns that support the bridge have a minimal impact on the underlying park and give the bridge a modest appearance.
ZJA has been commissioned by THV RoTS to design the Oosterweel connection right bank and associated preparatory works, required to improve mobility in Antwerp.