The new Wadden Sea dike on Vlieland will not be any taller or broader, but a new wall will serve as a wave breaker. The area will also be getting a new walking and cycling path.
According to the Leeuwarder Courant, Rijkswaterstaat(Department of Waterways) informed the island residents of the planned changes on Thursday. The current dike does not meet contemporary safety standards and needs to be replaced.
Project leader Laura Dijkman says that the plan is an all-around improvement. “The 80 residents who live behind this dike will not even notice the changes.” The island residents were consulted as various points in the design process.
The wall will be capped at the same height as the summit of the current dike, and will be one meter higher than the planned bike and walking path. The Wadden Sea will remain accessible by the cobble stones along the waterfront.
Construction on the new dike will not begin until 2019, and the plans still need to be formally approved.
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