Meppelerdiep Lock

Strukton Civiel and Reef Infra convert the lock on the Meppelerdiep canal from a single pair of lock gates to a double pair. The conversion started in the first quarter of 2013 and is scheduled to be completed in 2017.

Client:
Rijkswaterstaat
Location:
Zwartsluis
Countries:
The Netherlands
Markets:
Civil infrastructure
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Important waterway

Expansion of the lock enables larger inland waterway ships to also reach the ports of Zwartsluis and Meppel by way of the Meppelerdiep canal.

The main navigable waterway from the IJsselmeer to the town of Meppel (through Ketelmeer, Zwarte Meer, Zwarte Water and Meppelerdiep) is very important for goods traffic to and from the Northern Netherlands. Many companies in Zwartsluis and Meppel are dependent on the transport of goods over water. This makes the Meppelerdiep lock an important link with the North, playing a major role in strengthening both the local and regional economy.

Converting a single pair of lock gates to a double pair ensures that shipping can sail to and from the Meppelerdiep the whole year round, thus making the navigability of the channel more reliable. The new lock is wider and deeper than the former lock, which means that larger ships can sail through faster and more safely. The new lock also ensures better safeguards against flooding in the future. Besides the conversion of a single pair of lock gates to a double pair, the project also includes replacement of the regulatory building and the existing bridge in the Hasselterdijk (provincial road N331).

Minimal disruption

Shipping and road traffic, local residents and interested parties were taken into account before and during the construction phase of the project. Strukton minimised the disruption caused by the construction activities by performing the work in a sophisticated and transparent way.

Strukton offered an alternative using the final new movable bridge as a temporary bridge. This resulted in minimum disruption to road traffic. Shipping traffic also remained largely undisrupted. A maximum of 44 stoppage days was taken into account, the longest period being 7 consecutive days. When the lock is completed in 2017, the new bridge will be moved from the temporary location to the final location.

Details

The costs for the new double pair of lock gates amounted to ca EUR 50 million. Rijkswaterstaat donated EUR 45 million of this amount; the provinces of Overijssel and Drenthe and the municipalities of Meppel and Zwartewaterland donated the other EUR 5 million. The main contractor for the Meppelerdiep lock project is the Strukton Civiel Projecten - Reef Infra Group. The design was done by Antea Group. The steel construction (rolling gates and new bridge) was supplied by Iemants. The complicated demolition activities around the current lock head was implemented by Vlasman.

The main contractor for the Meppelerdiep lock project is the Strukton Civiel Projecten - Reef Infra Group. The design is by Oranjewoud. The steel construction (rolling gates and new bridge) will be supplied by Iemants. The complicated demolition activities around the current lock head will be implemented by the firm of Vlasman.

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