"AFSLUITDIJK" Kornwerderzand by pieter_jan_v
Kornwerderzand Travel Guide: 6 reviews and 23 photos
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The construction of the Afsluitdijk was finished at 1.02PM, may 28 in1932. This dike closes the former Zuiderzee from open seawater (the Waddenzee) and connects the provinces Noord-Holland and Friesland. The dike was made to protect the inner coastlines along the old Zuiderzee (now IJsselmeer) and to allow the construction of new polders.
Already in the 17th century there were plans for a dam, but it lasted to the floods of 1916 till the plans of Ir. Cornelis Lely were taking serious. At June 14 1918 the Zuiderzeewet passed through government and a new
governmentbody -Dienst der Zuiderzeewerken- was responsible for the realisation.
The first step in 1920 was to connect the former Island of Wieringen to the main land by construction of the Amsteldijk (see my Amstelmeer-page).
In 1927 the construction of the Afsluitdijk started.
At Jananuary 23 1933 the dike was open to traffic that had to pay toll for the 2-lane road. There were plans for construction of a railroad, but in stead the road was extended to a 4-lane highway in 1976.
There are 2 lock-complexes -Stevin and Lorentz- to control the waterlevel in the IJsselmeer.
Since March 1, 2011 the maximum speed at the Afsluitdijk highway is 130 km/hour.
The moment at 1.02 PM at May 28 1932.
- Pros:Fast connection
- Cons:You have to break twice
- In a nutshell:30 kilometers with a spectacular wide view
The Afsluitdijk is a straight line for most of the dike. Only at the Frisian side there's a bend leading it over the... more travel advice
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