THE WESTERSCHELDE TUNNEL: CONNECTING FUNCTION, FINANCING AND SAFETY ASPECTS

This paper describes the project for designing and constructing the Westerschelde Tunnel, which will connect the Zeeland Flanders and Central Zeeland sections of the Dutch province of Zeeland; it includes a route map. The road tunnel will pass under the River Westerschelde, which leads to the port of Antwerp. In 1991, the Province of Zeeland and the Dutch Government issued a public European call for tenders for a design-and-build contract. Two bids were made, both for bored tunnels, but were too expensive. In late 1995, it was agreed that the Dutch Government, supported by the province, should set up and finance a public limited company, NV Westerschelde-Tunnel, which will construct the tunnel and manage its technical aspects, including maintenance and operation. The income from the tunnel will consist of tolls and subsidies. There will be a 6.6km long twin-tube bored tunnel under the river, together with tunnel access roads, approach roads and several additional facilities. Each tube will have bore diameter 11.30m, and the tubes will be about 12m apart with frequent cross-passages; it will pass through firm, impermeable clay. The paper discusses: (1) the project in general; (2) schedule and budget; (3) safety aspects; and (4) transverse connections. Work is progressing well at the southern entrance.

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  • Authors:
    • HEIJBOER, J
    • VAN BEEK, R
    • WORM, E W
  • Publication Date: 1999

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00779411
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Dec 7 1999 12:00AM