On 6 March, the works were started for the construction of two brand-new bicycle and pedestrian bridges over the Dijle. This will give cyclists and pedestrians a direct connection between Bonheiden, Boortmeerbeek, Haacht and Keerbergen. The works are taking place in collaboration with Vlaamse Waterweg NV and should be completed by the end of 2023. Regarding the architectural style, the new bridges are in line with the existing cycle bridges over the Dijle in Tremelo and Werchter, although they will have their own colour palette.
Mobility and recreational opportunities in the region are literally being severed by the Dyle. The construction of the two bridges will give pedestrians and cyclists two more practical connections, especially as the existing bridges to the other side are at a considerable driving distance.
Koen Anciaux, Chairman of the Board of Directors of De Vlaamse Waterweg nv: “The functional and recreational surplus speaks for itself. The new bridges will not only improve access to schools in the area, but also to the nature reserves in the Rivierenland Nature Park. A sustainable boost for bicycle traffic in the region! In this way, Flanders remains committed to the so-called ‘modal split’, a division of the means of transport used, with an ambition of at least 40% sustainable travel throughout Flanders.”
Lydia Peeters, Flemish Minister of Mobility and Public Works: “The construction of the bridges over the Dijle will add many recreational and functional connections in the region, especially since the existing bridges to the other side are at a considerable driving distance. For instance, several schools in the region will become more accessible, but also the various nature reserves in the protected Rivierenland Nature Park. A boost for cycling traffic in the region.”
The construction is part of the Sigmaproject Bovendijle for more nature development and better protection against flooding of tidal rivers. The Sigmaplan is being implemented by De Vlaamse Waterweg nv and the Agency for Nature and Forests, and aims to better protect Flanders against flooding of the Scheldt and its tributaries while boosting valuable river nature.