Inauguration of Verbindingsbrug ('Connecting Bridge')

On Sunday 22 May 2022, the official inauguration of the Verbindingsbrug took place at the Verbindingsdok in Zeebrugge. For this occasion, Port of Antwerp-Bruges invited local residents and employees of Zeebrugge to cycle over the new bridge together for the first time.

The infrastructure project optimises the connection between the outer and inner port in Zeebrugge and guarantees safer local commuting. The moveable swing bridge is the longest in Europe, with a length of 130 metres, a passage width of 55 metres and a bicycle lane 4 metres wide. The total cost picture for the investment was approximately 34 million euros.

The Verbindingsbrug is very important for the further development of the Zeebrugge infrastructure, including cycling. Not only does it guarantee better North-South access for shipping traffic, but passenger transport can also be more sustainable and safer. The bridge is a major link in a new cycling route totalling more than six kilometres in length. It will provide a new and safe cycling connection for everyone riding their bikes in and out of the port. It is a pleasure to join the Zeebrugge area and Port of Antwerp-Bruges enthusiasts in experiencing the inauguration of this majestic project 'side by side' and through sport.

Dirk De fauwMayor of the city of Bruges and vice-chairman of the Board of Directors of Port of Antwerp-Bruges
Burgemeester Stad Brugge

The way to a smooth connection

The Verbindingsbrug between Jozef Verschaveweg and Koffieweg promotes the accessibility of large ocean-going vessels to the western rear port. The bridge consists of two lanes for traffic with a separate two-way cycle lane. An environmental permit was submitted for a new stretch of cycle lane along Jozef Verschaveweg. Implementation was to begin in late 2022. The total Design, Build and Maintain project was carried out by the contractor combination of Artes Depret, Artes Roegiers, Victor Buyck Steel Construction and BESIX Unitec (then Agidens). In January 2022, the entry of the swing bridge took place via the Western Scheldt river on a sea pontoon.

This state-of-the-art bridge provides an additional north-south connection at the port for employees, goods and heavy port vehicles. In addition, the dimensions are tailored to the new sea lock that we need.

Rob SmeetsCOO of Port of Antwerp-Bruges

To the other side in good health

The official inauguration of the Verbindingsbrug took place in the presence of Dirk De fauw, Mayor of the city of Bruges and vice-chairman of the Board of Directors of Port of Antwerp-Bruges, and Rob Smeets, Chief Operations Officer at Port of Antwerp-Bruges. Along with local residents, staff members and other friends of the port, they cycled from one side of the bridge to the other, and then enjoyed a summer treat together on Verschaveweg.

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