Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Hovenring, the Floating Circular Cycle Bridge in Eindhoven

You might not be hearing before that; there is a special bridge made for pedestrians, and cyclists in the Dutch City of Eindhoven. The Hovenring cable stayed circular bridge diameter is 72 meters is suspended from a 70-meter pylon situated at the center of the roundabout by 24 cables and seems to float over a big novel junction for motorized traffic.  The bridge is with thin decks and conspicuous lighting, purely amazing landmark in the city. When in night, the slender bike ring lit from below to further enhance that floating effect, similar to flying saucer. The steel bridge hoovers over the Heerbaan-Meerenakkerweg intersection. The bridge is impressive pylon marking the entrance way to the cities of Eindhoven and Veldhoven. There is a level crossing which is local housing estate inquiring changing in order to cope with the growing traffic. As Eindhoven City Council refrains from cyclist underpasses and didn’t want a level crossing roundabout either, they asked Dutch bridge specialist IPV Delft to consider at possible solutions. A circular cable-stayed bridge soon appeared to be the right option. Constructing the circle bridge proved to be more difficult than expectation, because Hovenring Bridge was opened for public in Dec 2011, but closed due to suspension cables vibrated too much, and it has to closed for safety point of view. After some adjustment it was finally opened for public on June 29, 2012.