This paper describes the design and construction of the Second Benelux Tunnel, and includes a route map. The tunnel will increase the capacity of the A4 motorway near Rotterdam, and provide an excellent link under the River Nieuw Maas between the west of Rotterdam and the Dutch province of South Holland. It will make the city and port of Rotterdam more accessible to both public and private transport. The ground includes sand, clay, and peat layers. The tunnel will have total length of about 1425m, and consist of three parts: (1) a 300m long 14-segment northern ramp; (2) an 850m long under-river section with six tunnel elements; and (3) a 275m long 12-segment southern ramp. The tunnel cross section has six traffic tubes of different widths, including one for cyclists and walkers, together with a cable duct that can also be used as an escape route. The paper gives details of the tunnel foundation, the concrete elements of the tunnel (including general aspects, cooling system, joints, and prestressing), north and south access ramps, safety, electromechanical tunnel and traffic installations, and structural and architectural engineering. After the completion of the Second Benelux Tunnel, the First Benelux Tunnel, built in the 1960s, will be renovated in a process taking up to six months.

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  • Authors:
    • Blom, CBM
    • Jovanovic, P S
  • Publication Date: 1999


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  • Accession Number: 00779412
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Dec 7 1999 12:00AM