The province of Groningen will have the longest bicycle bridge in Europe
Construction of the new 800-meter long bicycle and pedestrian bridge between Winschoten and Blauwestad, called the Blauwe Loper, has started. As reported by the Groninger Internet Courant.
The first piles were driven in January, and a celebration will be held on Thursday 27 February, together with local residents, deputy Fleur Gräper-van Koolwijk and alderman Bard Boon.
The Blauwe Loper actually consists of four bridges: over the Winschoterdiep, the A7, an ecological zone and Oldambtmeer. The bridge section over the Winschoterdiep will be movable, so that ships with a standing mast can also pass.
In Winschoten, the bridge will connect a cycle route from the Hoorntjesweg to the center. There will also be a connection to the Stadspark in Winschoten. The Blauwe Loper has a unique design and is made from as many sustainable materials as possible. The bridge will be ready for use by the end of this year.
With the arrival of the Blauwe Loper, residents from Blauwestad can more easily access the facilities in Winschoten, such as schools and shops. Residents of Winschoten can also get to recreational facilities in the Blauwestad faster.
De Blauwe Loper is a joint project of the province of Groningen, municipality of Oldambt and project agency Blauwestad. The province is contributing 6 million euros to the project, and the municipality 500,000 euros.
More information about the project can be found here.
Imaga via the Groninger Internet Courant