Zeeland Bridge

Zeeland Bridge (Dutch: Zeelandbrug) is located in the province of Zeeland in the southwest of the Netherlands. It crosses the Oosterschelde estuary. It connects the Schouwen-Duiveland and Noord-Beveland Islands.

Zeeland Bridge
Zeeland Bridge

The length of the bridge is 3.1 mi (5 km ), and the Length over water is 3 mi (4.9 km ). It was built in 1963 and completed in 1965. At that time it was the longest cross-sea bridge in Europe. It was not until October 1972 that the 9.9 mi (16 km) Öresund Bridge between Sweden and Denmark defeated it.

It is not part of the Dutch Delta Project, but it is closely related to the Dutch Delta Project.

Overview Zeeland Bridge
Overview Zeeland Bridge



From 1954 to 1958, the construction of the Dutch Delta Project began, and the construction of the Eastern Scheldt Storm Surge Barrier was completed, which solved the Local west traffic demand.

However, the traffic in the east had to wait until the 1980s to improve, because the Oesterdam project connecting the east was originally planned to start in 1978, but it actually took 1986 to complete the construction of Oesterdam.

Before the completion of Oesterdam, the ferry between Zierikzee in Schouwen-Duiveland and Kats in North Beveland was unable to cope with the increased traffic.

The province of Zeeland decided to build a bridge between Zierikzee and Colijnsplaat. The bridge was originally called the Oosterschelde bridge.

Zeeland Bridge aerial view
Zeeland Bridge aerial view


  • May 29, 1962: The contractor Bridge Company ordered the construction of the Oosterschelde Bridge.
  • 1963: Construction of the bridge began.
  • December 15, 1965: The bridge opened by queen juliana, which connected Zierrikzee and Kats.
Movable bridge in the middle of Zeeland Bridge
Movable bridge in the middle of Zeeland Bridge


  • April 13, 1967: Zeeland Province officially named the bridge Zeeland Bridge.
  • 1989: The loan borrowed by Zeeland Province is fully repaid. Bridge charges began to be deposited into the operating fund of the bridge.
  • On January 1, 1993, the bridge no longer tolls.
  • 2000: The bridge became safer for pedestrians, the handrails on both sides of the carriageway were replaced by concrete barriers, and a ban on overtaking was implemented, with a continuous double line between the carriageways.
Beautiful view of Zeeland Bridge
Beautiful view of Zeeland Bridge

Building technical parameters

Zeeland Bridge is 3.1 mi (5 km) long and Length over water is 3 mi (4.9 km ). It consists of 48 spans of 312 ft (95 m), 2 spans of 238 ft (72.5 m) and a movable bridge with a width of 131 ft (40 m). This bridge has 2 lanes and 1 bicycle lane.

The bridge is composed of 54 pillars, the middle 52 span is 312 ft ( 95 m ).

The navigable part of the movable bridge is 131 ft ( 40 m ) long. The clearance height under the bridge is about 56 ft ( 17 m ). When the bridge deck is raised, ships can pass.

Zeeland Bridge at dusk
Zeeland Bridge at dusk

Zeeland Bridge Data

Western Europe
In use
Official name
Other name
Between Schouwen-Duiveland and Noord-Beveland in the Netherlands
Maintained by
Provincie Zeeland
Dec-15, 1965
Total length
3.1 mi ( 5 km )
Tall (tower)
52 ft ( 16 m )
Length over water
3 mi ( 4.9 km )
Bridge section length
3.1 mi ( 5 km )
33 ft ( 10 m )
Deck height
56 ft ( 17 m )
Longest span
312 ft ( 95 m )
Deck elevation
43 ft ( 13 m )
Design type
Road scale
2 lanes, 1 bicycle lane
Oosterschelde estuary

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