The existing road bridge across the Ringvaart canal in the Belgian municipality of Merelbeke, near Gent, is a bottleneck in the local bicycle network. The bridge itself was built in 1957 and is near the end of its lifespan. This of course provides an excellent opportunity. The new bridge will allow cyclists to safely cross the Ringvaart and the cycle route will be part of the F40 bicycle fast lane around Gent.
The current bridge is a concrete self-anchored suspension bridge and was built at the same time as the canal itself. It was designed by the world-renowned professor Vandepitte, associated with Ghent University. The new bridge had to reflect the structural concept of the existing bridge. Hence we designed an externally prestressed concrete bridge with a light fibre reinforced composite bicycle deck.
The functional lighting on the bridge will be hanging from steel cables across the main deck. In addition, we have designed integrated lighting in the handrails and the pylon tops, emphasizing the bridges structure and iconic quality at night.
The existing bridge is set to be demolished in early 2020. Construction of the new bridge will then follow.
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