On the first day of the week of 'Circular Economy' January 2019 in The Netherlands, for the first time a reusable concrete viaduct is shown. The viaduct can be dismantled again without residual waste, reused and will last for about 200 years. Normal viaducts have a lifespan of 30 to 50 years.
The viaduct was taken into service and is situated in the highway between the cities Kampen and Dronten, in the presence of Minister of State Stientje van Veldhoven (Infrastructure and Water Management). An electric truck was the first vehicle to use it. According to the Minister of State the viaduct is a nice combination of sustainable ambition and peasant wit. “Building viaducts with standard blocks that can also be used elsewhere, is good for the climate, because raw materials are not wasted and it offers opportunities to work faster with lower costs. It is the intention for the Ministry to work in a circular way by 2030. This viaduct is a great step in that ambition and can serve as inspiration for the whole of the Netherlands - and the rest of the world - as circular design and construction can be and can also mean big business.”
The forty separate elements of the viaduct can be disassembled. The viaduct is therefore also easier to adjust. An extra lane or new exit is simply added. The viaduct can even be moved in its entirety. In March 2019, for example, this new viaduct will already be dismantled. Until then, it will be used by construction traffic for the construction of a new lock.
Until 2028 the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure has at least 80 projects for major maintenance. Many bridges and tunnels date from the fifties and sixties of the last century and are in need of a refurbishment. The findings of the reusable viaduct are included in this. The Netherlands is working hard to become an economy without waste in 2050: a circular economy. Continuous reuse of raw materials offers great opportunities for the business community and helps to achieve the Dutch climate goals.