Unveiling site boards The Twist

On the 13th of November 2008 the construction site boards of the new pedestrian bridge ‘The Twist’ were unveiled by representatives of the local government of Vlaardingen, Mr. Versluijs and Mr. Robberecht. The two site boards (5×5 meters each) are real eye-catchers and are visible from the A20 highway.

The Twist, which will eventually span the river Vlaardingse Vaart, is to be prefabricated on site in a specially erected temporary shed. The shed has been constructed out of 48 shipping containers and will be removed once the bridge has been installed.

The bridge construction comprises 400 steel tubes that will be welded together to create a unique and dynamic structure. The welding together of all the tubes will take place within the temporary shed, where they will then be galvanized and painted red.

In February 2009 the 100 ton bridge will be transported as a whole with the help of heavy load transportation wagons to the Vlaardingse Vaart, a few hundred meters away, where it will be lowered onto pilings and notch piers which have already been installed.

The bridge will officially open to allow pedestrians to cross the Vlaardingse Vaart in March 2009.