• Capabilities: Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering, Environmental Planning, Construction Management and Site Supervision, Project Management
  • Sectors: Government & Municipalities, Highways and Intelligent Transport Systems

The new motorway to the port of Bruges: an example of landscape integration

Flanders, Belgium - At the end of 2017, a new highway connecting Bruges with the coast will open to traffic. This route, which fits perfectly with the surrounding landscape, will ease local the traffic problems.

3,000,000

vehicles will use the A11 every year

12 km

of new motorway

3,000,000 vehicles will use the highway every year

The A11 is a new highway linking Bruges to Knokke-Heist. This is one of the "missing links" in the Flemish road network. This access will enable fast traffic movement to the port and the coast. The port of Bruges, which continues to grow, will then be more accessible to trucks. Local traffic also will benefit: the A11 construction will reduce the freight traffic on secondary roads. Aditionally, tourists will reach the coast more quickly. Furthermore, some extra local connections will be constructed and 15 km of safe cycle paths. These activities will increase the quality of living and housing in the region. 

Project support

The A11 is a project of the Flemish Government’s Roads and Traffic Agency (Agentschap Wegen en Verkeer, AWV). The project is being carried out by the Via A11 project company (whose private shareholders are Jan De Nul and Van Laere, Franki Construct, Aswebo, Aclagro and TDP) under a DBFM contract (Design, Build, Finance, Maintain), a form of public-private partnership. With the engineering and consulting company Technum, Arcadis has supported AWV in the planning, design and submission for tenders for the project. This phase, now completed, included the environmental impact assessment (EIA), the optimization study, the reference design and assisting AWV with the invitations to tender and applications for planning permission. While work began, Arcadis and Technum provide administrative and technical support to the principal by ensuring observance of the DBFM contract by the contractors.

Respect for the landscape and nature

The A11 does not cross the landscape randomly. In the environmental impact assessment (EIA), Arcadis and Technum made recommendations for minimizing the impact on nature and the landscape. Through eco-passages and the intelligent design of crossings with water courses, the road does not create a barrier for fauna and flora. In addition, the impact on the traditional polder landscape remains limited. Thanks to its slender structure, a 1.4 km long viaduct does not interfere with the view of the surroundings and - another example- near an area on the area a partially open tunnel has been implanted to spare the surrounding nature. 

A large scale project

Karel Standaert, Arcadis project manager: "the project represents a considerable challenge for all parties. This is due to the magnitude of the mission, the number of disciplines involved and the speed of implementation. The DBFM contract is an additional complication. An interesting dimension of the project is that, through local participation and the many measures aimed at limiting the impact on the environment, it was fully supported by the inhabitants."

Outcomes

3,000,000

vehicles will use the A11 every year

12 km

of new motorway

15 km

of new cycle lanes
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