The cycle path on the Afsluitdijk is (partly) closed until the april 2022. This is due to major reinforcement works being carried out on the dyke. There is a bus service for pedestrians, cyclists, moped riders and other slow traffic. Dudok’s Monument, Breezanddijk and Kornwerderzand will remain accessible.
Safety at work is paramount
Since 1932, the Afsluitdijk has protected large sections of the Netherlands against the power of the sea. The Levvel building consortium will be working on the reinforcement of the dyke for the Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management (Rijkswaterstaat) until the end of 2022. Over the next few years, hundreds of dyke workers will set to work along the narrow dyke between two bodies of water. The safety of road users as well as of the people carrying out the work is paramount on this gargantuan and challenging job.
The height of the dyke will be raised by about two metres, and it will be fitted with new cladding and stronger sluices. Using two large pumping stations and additional discharge sluice, the authorities will shortly be able to discharge excess water from the IJsselmeer into the Wadden Sea more quickly. The motorway will be made safer and a new Fish Migration River will be constructed in the form of a passage which will allow fish to reach both salt water and fresh water. There will also be a new cycle path offering views over the Wadden Sea.
Replacement transport: the Afsluitdijk Bicycle Bus
Since 1 April, pedestrians, cyclists, moped riders and mobility scooters have been able to make use of a free bicycle bus service. This service operates daily from 8am. The last bus leaves at Den Oever at 7pm.
See the timetable below
Timetable from the 24th of June below
Closures in 2019
1 April – 24 June 2019: Cycle path closure between Den Oever and the Monument.
• From North Holland: Pedestrians, cyclists and moped riders can take the bicycle bus from Den Oever to Breezanddijk. From there they can continue on their journey to Friesland under their own steam. The bus also stops at the Monument for pedestrians. There is no link to the cycle path here.
• From Friesland: it is possible to cycle or walk as far as the Monument, after which there is a bus service to Den Oever.
From 24 June to 1 December 2019: Access to cycle path between Den Oever and Kornwerderzand
• From North Holland: pedestrians, cyclists and moped riders can take the bicycle bus from Den Oever to Kornwerderzand. From there they can continue on their journey to Friesland under their own steam. The bus stops for pedestrians at the Monument and Breezanddijk. There is no link to the cycle path here.
• From Friesland: pedestrians, cyclists and moped riders can take the bicycle bus from Kornwerderzand to Den Oever. The bus stops at Breezanddijk and the Monument for pedestrians.