A new flyover at the Kerensheide junction, which offers a direct connection between the A2 and A76, was completed in the autumn of 2012. This is a fine example of our workmanship, which Van den Bersselaar designed, fabricated and installed for Heijmans.
The stainless steel edging elements cover two 600-metre lengths and are an attractive alternative to the usual concrete edging elements. This lightweight system now has a name: Dutch Edge. Dutch Edge consists of prefabricated stainless steel panels mounted on a galvanized steel frame, which is then fitted to the viaduct, bridge or flyover. Pipelines and cables are safely installed in the frame and are easily accessible, eliminating the need to place them in conduits in the concrete. This results in easier maintenance. The system is not only more practical but looks better too: imperfections in the concrete are measured and factory-corrected down to the last millimetre, resulting in a smooth silhouette.
Dutch Edge is installed using a special installation vehicle developed by Van den Bersselaar. The installation vehicle makes it possible to install the panels during the daytime, as we did at Kerensheide, without affecting traffic. This avoids road closures and the additional costs associated with night work. The installation of Dutch Edge can take place at the same time as other construction work, thus avoiding further delays.
Dutch Edge is also relatively lightweight, reducing the load on viaducts, bridges or flyovers. Moreover, the system is lightweight and sustainable: all materials are 100% recyclable. If desired, the system can incorporate matrix information, LED lighting or solar panels. We can use different types of material (brushed stainless steel, coated steel, coated or anodised aluminium) or patterns in the sheeting. Any damaged sheeting is easily replaced.