For the optimization of the R0 East ring in Brussels and, more specifically, for the part of the ring road around Wezembeek, Overijse and Groenendaal, a set of measures for a sustainable modal shift is being developed. They are mainly aimed at the slow road user, public transport, ecology, road safety and the quality of life in the surrounding residential areas.
Ney & Partners designs the bridges (architecture and engineering) and controls the overall visual quality of the structures. One of the projects is a wooden bridge for cyclists and pedestrians with a span of 67.5 m. The choice of wood for the bridge design in this wooded environment is obvious. However, wood is not only intended as a cladding or finishing material, but was also chosen for the entire load-bearing structure.
The overall structure is made of LVL panels joined together to create an hexagonal box girder. The span requires a structural height of 5.6 m to almost 7 m of planned height above the bridge deck. This keeps the bridge deck as low as possible, minimizes the height to be crossed by cycling routes, and thus increases cyclist comfort. The width of the bridge deck is 6 m. In both cross- and longitudinal section, the roof extends sufficiently to protect the structure from driving rain at a 45° angle. The roof is finished with aluminum roof panels.
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