cultural heritage bicycle bridge Baardwijkse Overlaat
Back in 1885, a railway bridge roughly 900 meters in length was built across the Baardwijkse Overlaat, a flood plain for the Waal river. Over the years, as the railway itself lost its use, several parts of the bridge have been substituted by embankments. As part of a large-scale redevelopment of the area surrounding the former bridge, local authorities decided to turn what remains of the railway bridge into a recreational route for cyclists and pedestrians, emphasising the cultural heritage of both the railway bridge and the flood plain.
Currently, only three sections of the original bridge remain. There is a bicycle path across those bridges and the embankments, which is not wide enough to be qualified as a bicycle fastlane. The idea was therefore to create a new bicycle bridge alongside the existing railway bridge sections, allowing for a fastlane. The existing heritage bridges will be connected to the new bridge and offer a safe pedestrian route.