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Type: Bridge Location: Purmerend Client: Municipality of Purmerend Collaborator / associate: Ronald Rietveld Landschaparchitectuur Floor area / size: 66 mtr span Cost: Euro 6.000.000,00 Construction: Ingenieurs Bureau Amsterdam (IBA), ABT adviesbureau voor Bouwtechniek Status: Realised

2014-07-11 Melkwegbridge Iconic Awards 2014 Architecture Winner 2013-02-27 Honourable Mention BNA Building of the Year Award 2013 2013-01-07 Designboom TOP 10 public spaces 2012 2012-10-04 Festive opening for the Melkwegbridge 2012-08-24 Lighting installed 2012-06-04 Highest point! 2012-04-26 Decks installed! 2012-01-20 under construction 2011-05-26 Breaking ground 2011-01-10 start construction 2010-02-01 Start Tender

The Melkwegbridge, a continuation of the Melkweg, is part of the Kanaalsprong master plan and connects the Weidevenne district to the historical city centre of Purmerend.

To conform to the angle of inclination requirements with regard to bicycle and wheelchair traffic, we needed a length of over 100m.

We therefore decided to separate bicycle and wheelchair traffic from pedestrian traffic. Pedestrians cross the canal by a high arch, reach a height of over 12m and stand a chance of a vista: the connection between the old and the new becomes perceivable here. 

The bridge thus becomes more than just the fastest possible crossing, it becomes an end and an attraction in itself. Because pedestrian traffic and bicycle traffic are separated, the footbridge can continue the direct line of the Melkweg in the direction of the centre.

The bicycle bridge coils over the water to create sufficient length to limit the angle of inclination of the bicycle path. The section that opens is divided diagonally and consists of two revolving bridge decks.