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Type of bearing-system

The next step involved determining the type of bearing system. The variants were systems with:
  • plate girders;
  • framework girders;
  • truss girders;
  • arched girders;
Arched girders were finally selected on account of the favourable transmission of force, apart from which it was the cheapest option.

The Hartel Barrier arched girders have a curved wall at the front, thereby bringing the centre of gravity closer to the system-axis. This results in slender and compact end-posts and towers. The curvature is polygonal. For aesthetic reasons it was decided in favour of nine fields in the large gate and five in the small gate. Truss-braces are located in the corners of the polygons to ensure the necessary interaction between the retaining wall and the rear edge.

Hartel Barrier construction costs: about 90 million guilders.