Published On: Wed, Oct 23rd, 2013

‘Rijkswaterstaat’ Netherlands helps with renovation Juliana Bridge

Willemstad_bridgeWILLEMSTAD - The Juliana Bridge will get a major renovation for the first time since 1985. The highest bridge in the Caribbean gets a new asphalt layer, new bridge railings and guardrails. The work is carried out in cooperation with Rijkswaterstaat (a Department of the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment) of the Netherlands.

Last year, deep cracks in the asphalt were discovered. It cannot be ruled out that the underlying metal parts of the bridge are also affected. The stones and sand for the asphalt layer of the bridge are from the Netherlands.  The bridge will be renovated in stages.


The 55 meter high Queen Juliana Bridge over the St. Anna Bay in Willemstad was opened in 1974. In 1967 a portion of the bridge collapsed during construction, causing sixteen employees to lose their lives. Only motor traffic can cross the bridge. Pedestrians and cyclists are not allowed on the bridge because of the wind.

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