This pedestrian bridge will have the longest wooden beam girder in the Netherlands

In Aalsmeer, Ballast Nedam Park & Connect has started with the realisation of a sustainable pedestrian bridge at the Royal FloraHolland flower auction. This bridge will provide a safe crossing over the N231 for over 2,000 pedestrians every day. Extra special about this project is the use of wood.

The use of wood for the bridge sections and lift shafts makes the bridge circular. The bridge will be 140 metres long in total and will have the longest applied wooden beam girder in the Netherlands. Its realisation brings challenges. It is relatively new to build a composed beam girder from wood in the Netherlands, where there are already more possibilities in Germany. Nevertheless, in cooperation with Heko Spanten BV, we managed to produce this beam in the Netherlands.
About 350 cubic metres of wood will be used for this project. Because wood absorbs CO2 instead of emitting it, this volume offsets 250,592 kilograms of CO2 emissions, which is roughly equivalent to the electricity consumption of 278 households in one year.

Safe and fast travel

In the current situation, relatively few travellers use the bus stops on the Royal FloraHolland site. Transport Region Amsterdam therefore wants to shorten the travelling time of bus passengers by, among other things, shifting the bus lines to the route over the N231 and creating bus stops along the N231. Two new bus stops, stairs and lifts will allow bus passengers and pedestrians to cross the road safely. After completion, over 2,000 passengers will use the new link daily.

Besides the pedestrian bridge, there will also be a faster connection for freight traffic between Royal FloraHolland and Schiphol Airport. This connection will be realised in cooperation with Ballast Nedam Road Specialties. With this project, commissioned by the province of North Holland, we are working to improve the accessibility of the Aalsmeer region. Work started in early October 2023 and is expected to be completed by mid-2024.
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