The removal of the bridge, which has not been used for seventeen years, could be followed live on the Rijkswaterstaat website last night and tonight. The bridge was lifted from the piers and placed on a pontoon. The bridge over the Lek is currently underway with tugs to the Princess Beatrix lock.
Unused for years
The bridge has not been used for years since there are two new bridges over the Lek where traffic on the A2 travels. Because the bridge is not a monument, but still needs to be maintained, Rijkswaterstaat has decided to remove the bridge. In this way unsafe situations must also be prevented.
There was a large crowd at the bridge last night. After months of preparation, Rijkswaterstaat employees were already busy all day preparing the Arch Bridge for transport. A high water level made it easier to lift the bridge yesterday.
Lifting and sailing out of the bridge failed two weeks ago. Then one of the winch cables of the pontoon on which the bridge was to be built was damaged. This was probably due to a large piece of steel that was later removed from the river. The winch cable, which is important to keep the pontoon in position, was replaced.