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"Using eight hydraulic cranes equipped with sledge hammers and concrete cutters, we transformed the site into a spectacular show."

Ghost bridge demolition

The weekend of January 21, 2012 was a landmark moment: the ghost bridges that had been built in Varsenare, Belgium in 1976 but never used, were to be demolished in only 43 hours. Nearby train tracks were put out of service during this operation. Over the course of the weekend, 3,000 tonnes of reinforced concrete had to be demolished and transported. Aertssen was eminently suited to take on this task.

Construction & Infra
Wegen en Verkeer West-Vlaanderen
Varsenare
2011-2013

The weekend of January 21, 2012 was a landmark moment: the ghost bridges that had been built in Varsenare, Belgium in 1976 but never used, were to be demolished in only 43 hours. Nearby train tracks were put out of service during this operation. Over the course of the weekend, 3,000 tonnes of reinforced concrete had to be demolished and transported. Aertssen was eminently suited to take on this task.

Using eight hydraulic cranes equipped with sledge hammers and concrete cutters, we transformed the site into a spectacular show. A visit by Minister Hilde Crevits (see photograph) and Secretary of State Hendrik Bogaert ensured that the project received its fair share of media attention. Work like this can only be realized with excellent cooperation between contractor, client and railways, with excellent coordination, state-of-the-art equipment great skill among all involved. After demolition is rounded off, we can start to landscape the terrain to transform it into a nature reserve area. All work is due to be finished before September 2012.