In September 2017, the A11 motorway between Bruges and Knokke was opened to traffic. ENGIE Fabricom was responsible for installing the following electromechanical equipment: the public lighting, the dynamic signs, the vehicle detection and the electrical equipment in the tunnels. We also played an important role in the realisation of one of the most impressive parts of the project: the double opening bridge over Boudewijn Canal. This, the first opening bridge on a motorway in Belgium, will open once or twice a day to allow large ships to pass.

Mobility and quality of life

The growth at Bruges Seaport meant the existing connecting road between the N31 and the N49 was no longer suitable for handling freight traffic to and from the port. The A11 is intended to improve connections with inland areas. Separating port traffic from local traffic benefits road safety, and allows the port to continue to grow. The intervention also had a positive effect on the quality of life in the region, since residents and visitors benefitted from new connecting roads for local traffic. Cyclists can now enjoy safe cycle routes to and from the port, and between villages in the surrounding polder.

ENGIE Fabricom’s role

ENGIE Fabricom was responsible for the design, study and execution of the electromechanical installations. This included:

  • distribution boards (HV and LV)
  • network infrastructure
  • street lighting
  • traffic lights, including the traffic controller
  • dynamic signs
  • vehicle detection
  • CCTV
  • way in motion (WIM) installation
  • remote monitoring system
  • electrical equipment in the tunnels (lighting, ventilation, security, pump sumps, fire pipes)
  • electromechanical work on the opening bridge

After these installation are complete, ENGIE Fabricom will carry out maintenance on them for 30 years.