Faster trips to the coast thanks to ENGIE Fabricom
The brand new A11 motorway will opened to traffic on 1 September 2017. Thanks to this new road and the expertise of ENGIE Fabricom in the domain of electromechanical installations, journey times between Bruges and Knokke will now be faster.
The purpose of this new road, linking the N31 to Bruges and the N49 to Knokke-Heist, is to separate local traffic from freight traffic in a bid to increase road safety and facilitate the development of the port of Zeebrugge. The road will also make the region more accessible and improve the quality of life there, thanks to new junctions for local traffic and safer cycling routes to the port and polder villages. Finally, tourists will no longer have to use regional roads, which will improve the flow of traffic to the coast.
Implementation and maintenance
ENGIE Fabricom employees were responsible for designing, researching and implementing the electromechanical installations, including public lighting systems, digital signage, vehicle detection, the electrical equipment in tunnels, and so on.
ENGIE Fabricom also played an important role in realising one of the highlights of the project, namely the double mobile bridge over the Baudouin Canal. This bridge is unique in Belgium, since never before had a mobile bridge been built over a motorway. The bridge is expected to have to be raised once or twice a day to allow large boats to pass through.
Now that the implementation phase has been completed, ENGIE Fabricom staff will provide maintenance for the next 30 years.