Bridge over Kikkerbils lock Amsterdam renovated - Hollandia
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Bridge over Kikkerbils lock Amsterdam renovated

The renovated bridge over the Kikkerbilssluis was completed this week. The Kikkerbils lock bridge #279 dates back to 1941 in its current form and is part of the Prins Hendrikkade in Amsterdam. This is an important and busy traffic artery in the inner city and an important link in the East-West route.

In October 2021, renovation work began on site, culminating in the replacement of the steel halyard in November. The four prominent lift towers and the movement work were dismantled and renovated at Hollandia. The operating and control systems were completely replaced. The project was a major challenge in the public and limited space of the heart of Amsterdam. Since the end of January, the bridge has been able to be raised again to allow the passage of houseboats from Amsterdam’s canals.

Incidentally, the name ‘kikkerbil’ (frog’s butts) has nothing to do with real frogs’ butts. It stems from the 17th-century woodcutter’s shop by the same name that was located nearby. A frog’s butt was said to be a piece of wood that was used in shipbuilding.

The renovation of this bridge is a collaboration between Hollandia Infra and Hollandia Services and is part of the framework agreement for major maintenance of civil constructions (ROGO) for the Municipality of Amsterdam.

Would you like to know more about this project in Amsterdam? Then take a look at our project page.