If you regularly use the Dutch and German motorways, it won’t have escaped you that the infrastructure is in a bad way. All the work that has to be done on the roads themselves, and on bridges and viaducts leads to a lot of delays and congestion.
Lots of replacement work coming..…
The Netherlands is facing an enormous maintenance challenge in the coming decades because a lot of bridges, viaducts, and locks from the post-war reconstruction period are reaching the end of their service life. The situation is not as bad as in Germany but it still represents a huge challenge. Much of the Netherlands’ civil engineering infrastructure dates back to the sixties and seventies. And a lot of the “wet” infrastructure – things like locks, quay walls, and other hydraulic structures – dates from another peak construction period back in the thirties and forties. That means that there’s a lot of maintenance that will need to be carried out between now and 2050.
Germany too will need to do an enormous amount of work to replace bridges over rivers and valleys. Most of Germany’s river bridges were bombed during the Second World War and rebuilt in the fifties and sixties, and they are now in urgent need of maintenance or replacement. An estimated 6000 of the 39,000 bridges in Germany are in poor condition and require large-scale renovation or even replacement. In 2015, it was stated that 3500 concrete bridges needed to be demolished. Between 2010 and 2013, the condition of 2200 bridges needed to be examined as a matter of urgency. The problem also applies to railway bridges, many of which are over 100 years old.
Infrastructure projects mean logistical challenges
In many cases, it’s more economical to demolish a bridge and build a new one rather than reinforce it, so almost all major bridge renovations involve constructing a replacement. Infrastructure projects and major construction projects like these regularly present logistical challenges. And those are challenges that Wagenborg is able to tackle by applying customised logistics solutions so as to transport heavy bridge components from the production site to where they will be installed on their foundations.
“Infrastructure projects and major construction projects like these regularly present logistical challenges”
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