A massive operation to place a 255 metre long railway bridge over the A1 motorway near Muiderberg has been completed three hours ahead of schedule, the transport ministry said on Saturday.
The 8,400 tonne bridge had to be moved 400 metres from the location where it was assembled to the correct site over the highway. The A1 was closed at 20.00 hours on Friday night to enable the work to take place and reopened at 09.00 on Saturday morning.
The bridge was put in place by 03.00 but then had to be adjusted millimeter by millimeter to make sure everything joined up.
Transport ministry spokesman Henk Voerman said the entire operation had proceeded smoothly. ‘It was really imposing to watch, particularly from close up when those enormous wheels began to move,’ he told RTL news.
Work will now continue on the bridge and it will be opened in August when the old railway bridge will be demolished.
Time lapse of the entire operation
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