Jan De Nul installs new bridge in the heart of Brussels

Important link for cyclists, pedestrians and public transport

Yesterday and today, a Jan De Nul team installs the central part of the new Suzan Daniel bridge over the Brussels-Scheldt Canal in the heart of Brussels. Once completed, this bridge will form an important link for cyclists, pedestrians and public transport between the neighbourhood around the North Station and Tour & Taxis.

The installation of the bridge started Wednesday evening and was completed this night at 5 a.m. In the coming days, the final bridge piers will be installed. 

A Belgian-made bridge

For the past six months, this 60m-long and 13m-wide bridge section has been assembled on the Quai des Mines, next to the final installation site, and where steel arches and a stainless steel pedestrian section were integrated into the concrete bridge deck.

Aelterman bvba from Ghent, a partner in this project, was responsible for the production of the steel arches, which were delivered by barge in August 2020.

Canal temporarily blocked

The 1,200-tonne bridge section was driven onto a pontoon, after which the pontoon transported the bridge to its installation location near the Vergote dock. There, Jan De Nul carefully installs the bridge on piers. As from Monday, the canal will open again for shipping.

The Suzan Daniel bridge will be 120 metres long in total. In the coming months, Jan De Nul will build the concrete abutments on both sides of the canal and connect them to the central bridge section.