The Amstellaan in Deventer forms part of the Hanzetracé, one of the main arteries through the city. This road also separates the western and eastern parts of the district known as Rivierenwijk. Since as far back as 2005 residents had been keen to create a better link between these two parts of their district. What is more, the road could no longer cope with the increased volume of traffic. These were sufficient reasons to set about making some improvements! Beijer gave one of the underpasses an attractive finishing touch.
The Amstellaan underwent some significant changes: one section was lowered, the road was widened and two flyover junctions were constructed. In this way two safe links were created between the eastern and western parts of the district - fulfilling a long-held wish of local residents! To ensure the project was completed on time, weekend and evening work were necessary.
The icing on the cake of such a striking, large-scale project is, of course, the finishing. Beijer took on the task of designing, manufacturing, constructing and assembling one of the underpasses. This comprised 257 metres of railings alongside the ramps, a 27-metre edging element, 145.5 metres of stainless steel railings and 8 metres of stainless steel handrails. All in all this involved 15 tonnes of steel, plus the assembly of 8 tonnes of stainless steel.
The edging element and railings alongside the underpass had to be made from perforated sheets. In the end the decision was made to use expanded metal. A high degree of accuracy was required during production, as in some places 8 sheets had to be joined together at a single point. To prevent the edging element from becoming a kind of wastepaper basket, the road-facing side also had to be sealed. Bolts in holed tabs were used to assemble this.
The project was completed in April 2014.