A bridge under water: is it really possible?

The Veluwemeer Aqueduct is a navigable aqueduct on the N302 road near Harderwijk in the eastern Netherlands. It lies under a small part of the Veluwemeer lake and at the same time connects the mainland of the Netherlands with Flevoland, the largest man-made island in the world.

The aqueduct, which was opened to traffic in 2002, is 25 meters long, 19 meters wide and 3 meters deep, allowing small boats to pass through it. Underneath, around 28,000 vehicles pass every day. On both sides of the aqueduct there are paths built so that whoever wants to can enjoy the views.

When one thinks of a bridge, the image that first comes to mind is a body of water below, surmounted by an aerial structure that land vehicles can travel over. But this is not always the case, and the best example is this marvel of engineering, the Veluwemeer aqueduct, in the Netherlands.

The Dutch Government approached the best engineers in the country with the idea of ​​creating a structure that would allow access for land and sea vehicles, as well as for pedestrians. Several options were considered, such as water tunnels, but in the end they decided on the cheapest and most original.

The image is so striking and the environment of Flevoland so magical, that even the pedestrians themselves have benches and rest spaces throughout the structure to be able to stop and admire their surroundings.

It is impossible not to marvel at the Veluwemeer bridge, an engineering masterpiece that shows us that we still have much to know and discover.

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