‘DE LICHTENLIJN’ BRIDGE

Anyone driving along the coastal road in the direction of Knokke-Heist must surely have noticed it: De Lichtenlijn (The Line of Lights). In 2007 – 2008, the Coastal Department built this bridge for pedestrians and cyclists near the municipal border between (Zee) Brugge and Knokke-Heist. Thanks to De Lichtenlijn, vulnerable road users, tourists and less mobile users can safely cross the busy coastal road and tram tracks. De Lichtenlijn connects the nature reserves of Baai van Heist and Sashul and constitutes a smooth link between the coastal cycle route and the bicycle route network Brugse Ommeland (the Hinterland of Bruges).

At the beginning and the end of the bridge are the protected lighthouses of Laag Licht (Low Light) and Hoog Licht (High Light). After the construction of the port in Zeebrugge at the beginning of the 20th century, the Hoog Licht and Laag Licht created a line of lights – the name of the bridge, ‘De Lichtenlijn’ refers to these beacons and their importance for port access.

Inside the bridge body, a concrete bridge road was created with a resin finish and a wearing course. The steel railing is fitted with LED lighting. The steel plate of the bridge runs all the way through the bridge road and serves as protection for the tram power lines running underneath the bridge. The visible parts of the bridge received a coat of light blue paint and about 90 tonnes of steel were used. The steel bridge pillars are Y-shaped, each weighing 7.5 tonnes. The creation of the surrounding site and the planting of marram grass on the abutments are part of the overall design. De Lichtenlijn was officially put into operation at the end of August 2008.