Rijkswaterstaat contracts with STIPT to renovate Suurhoff bridge (A15) with new temporary connection

10 July 2019

On 1 July 2019, the STIPT building consortium starts work on the renovation of the existing Suurhoff bridge and building a second temporary bridge alongside it, on behalf of Rijkswaterstaat. The Suurhoff bridge is located on the A15 at the Maasvlakte Rotterdam and connects the two banks of the Hartel Canal. STIPT is a combination of Dura Vermeer, BESIX, Mobilis and Hollandia. Work on the Suurhoff Bridge Temporary Connection project will be completed in 2021.

The Suurhoff Bridge is an important link between the Maasvlakte and the western part of Voorne-Putten on the one side and the Botlek, Europoort and Rotterdam on the other. With the increase in freight and passenger car traffic, the bridge is in need of repair. "We are renovating the existing bridge from 1974 and adapting it to two lanes in the direction of Maasvlakte, Brielle and Westvoorne. The new bridge will have a cycle path in both directions", explains Rijkswaterstaat project manager Henk Meuldijk. The new temporary bridge will have two lanes for one direction of traffic towards Rotterdam. Both bridges connect to the A15.

In 2018, an integrated study for a new definitive connection for road and rail traffic at the Suurhoff Bridge site was initiated on behalf of the Ministry of Infrastructure & Water Management.

Collaboration as a foundation

Rijkswaterstaat awarded this contract on the basis of both quality and price, with the quality of client-contractor collaboration as one of the tender criteria.

"STIPT is proud to be called upon to carry out this assignment. For us collaboration is the foundation stone of predictable and reliable project implementation. That means collaboration at every stage and in every aspect of construction: from design to implementation, from safety to environmental impact", says Ernst Mol from STIPT. "By opting for a tied-arch bridge with a 200 metre span we are building smarter, we minimize interfaces and our scheduling is robust."

Work on this bridge will start in early 2020, with the opening of the temporary Suurhoff Bridge connection planned for 2021. Disturbance during the construction period will be limited. Diversion routes are clearly communicated.