Deinze bridge for cyclists and pedestrians

Herbosch-Kiere has built a new bridge for cyclists and pedestrians in the centre of Deinze. The new bridge is a bascule bridge 38 m long and 4 m wide. Vessels with a maximum height of 3.2 m can simply pass underneath the bridge while it is folded open for higher vessels. A gradient of 4.5 % makes it easy for cyclists and pedestrians to get to the other side.

Rather than span the Lys with a single bridge section, we built two piers in the water on steel tubular pile foundations. Two concrete abutments connect the piers and the bank. Between the piers, we installed a movable steel bridge section weighing a total of 30 tons. One of the piers serves as a basement level housing two jacks, which together push the bridge upwards. The bridge does not have a superstructure that has a visual impact. Everything is hidden in the concrete.

Herbosch-Kiere also built a guide that leads vessels to the bridge opening and a guard jetty which vessels can moor to until the bridge has opened.

Click here for the movie showing the works on the bridge.


  • Project name

    Bridge Deinze
  • Location

    Deinze, Belgium
  • Building period

    2019 - 2020
  • Project name

    De Vlaamse Waterweg nv
  • Total value

    +/- 2.5 M €