Building two major immersed tunnel elements
The winning name of the southern part was Alara ('water fairy'). The pupils of PCBS de Rank from Rozenburg chose this appropriate name because of its fairytale character. The northern section of the tunnel is now called Isabella ('devoted to God'). With this name, pupils from IKC De Schakel in Vlaardingen made the link with the fact that God split the waters of the Red Sea so that people could walk through. Now the tunnel makes it possible to go from A to B under the water.
During his visit to the tunnel sections, Minister Harbers said that the Blankenburgverbinding holds a special place for him personally. In his time as Rotterdam alderman for Economy, Port and Environment (2007-2009), there were already plans for the realisation of a New Western Riverbank connection. The minister is delighted by the fact that now, more than 15 years later, the A24 Blankenburgverbinding is the beautiful result of all these plans.
At the beginning of May 2022, both tunnel sections were sailed to their temporary berth in Damen Verolme's Rotterdam-Botlek work port. In the past ten months, the tunnel sections have been built there in dry dock. In about a year's time, the tunnel elements will be immersed on the bottom of the Scheldt in order to complete the Maas Delta Tunnel.