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Nijmegen with bridge that partially floods when it rains

Even when water submerges the bridge, pedestrians can stepping stones to cross it

  • April 03, 2018 16:00
  • Author Monika Dimitrova
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Source: Nijmegen Municipality

In low-lying city of Nijmegen, Netherlands, rising water levels from the nearby Waal River poses a real threat. For centuries, dykes have helped manage severe flooding in the area. But even those structures are starting to crack, putting the city's infrastructure at risk. Instead of fighting the rising tides, architects have designed a bridge that adapts to rising sea levels. The Zalige bridge partially flood after storms.

Located in the floodplain, the bridge features stepping stones so that visitors can use it even when surrounding tides are high. Even when water submerges the bridge, pedestrians can still use its stepping stones to cross it. This region in Netherlands is known for its chronic flooding, when can damage roads, homes, and other infrastructure along the coast.

Source: Bussines Insider

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