The Albert Canal is the most important waterway in Flanders, having a transport capacity of ±40 million tonnes and belonging to the trans-European inland waterways network. It connects Antwerp with Liège, or rather the Scheldt with the Meuse. An important portion of the traffic consists of container transport.
The Albert Canal also provides opportunities for short sea shipping. It is therefore important to adapt the Albert Canal’s infrastructure to the anticipated growth of container transport as well as facilitate the accessibility for short sea shipping.
The aim is to raise all of the bridges spanning the canal to a height of 9.1 meters and widen the canal to a width of 86 meters. The global action concerns rebuilding a total of 47 bridges.
The present action "Rebuilding the Briegden and Oelegem I bridges", is part of this ambitious project.
State of progress on 31 December 2011:
As planned the Briedgen bridge will be finished by the end of 2012 . Due to initial administrative delays the full reconstruction of the Oelegem one is slightly postponed and will be finished in 2013.
Total project cost covered by this Decision:
Percentage of EU support:
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This project was also the subject of a press release issued by the Agency.
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Member States involved:
Start date: September 2010
End date: December 2012
Flemish Ministry of Mobility and Public Works
NV de Scheepvaart
European Commission, DG MOVE