Stronger, higher and robust looking

The Afsluitdijk will be heightened and it will be given a new top layer. We will place 75.000 ultramodern concrete blocks of 6.5 thousand kilograms each on the flanks of the dike. These blocks will break the waves in case of a storm and they are designed to preserve the spectacular simplicity that gives the dike its unique character.

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Free passage for fish

The fish migration river is a kilometres-long meandering river that will allow fish to swim straight through the Afsluitdijk. It is an innovative project aimed at restoring the open connection between the IJsselmeer and the Wadden Sea. We expect that millions of migratory fish, such as the sea trout, salmon, the river lamprey, the eel and the European flounder will use this river in the future. Doing right by the ecosystem

Drain when possible, pump when necessary

We’re building additional sluices and high capacity pumping stations in Den Oever. In the future we will be able to pump water out of the Ijsselmeer into the Waddenzee if necessary under any circumstances. This way we can protect the area around the lake from flooding.

A place where wind, sun and water meet

The Afsluitdijk is the ideal testing ground for innovative and sustainable energy sources. Wind, sun, water, it’s all there. At the Afsluitdijk we are using water currents and the confluence of fresh and salt water to produce energy.  

Travelling from Noord-Holland to Friesland safer and better

The Afsluitdijk is more than just a water barrier. Every day thousands of motorists use the A7 to travel between Noord-Holland and Friesland. This motorway will get a new surface, wider shoulders and a new type of crash barrier.

Experience the Afsluitdijk

Each year tens of thousands of visitors visit the Afsluitdijk. They come to see the tidal flats of the Wadden Sea, the Afsluitdijk Wadden Centre, the Casemat museum or the monument of Dudok. In the near future a new cycle and walking path with a great view on the Wadden Sea will also be added. Does it get any more Dutch?

Respecting our history

Some 90 years ago thousands of hands built the Afsluitdijk, stone by stone. We are proud of the dike’s history and therefore we will cherish the original design by Cornelis Lely and the monumental structures such as the bridge towers designed by architect Dirk Roosenburg, which are a national heritage site.

Work and nuisance

In various sections of the road traffic can use only a single lane. This applies to both directions.

A new water pump station and new sea locks are being built and the existing lock system is being renovated.

Emergency port Breezanddijk closed

On the side of the Wadden Sea Levvel will set up a worksite at the complex, which will therefore be closed. The emergency port will be available for ships in need and in case of calamities.

More information about hindrance? Visit theafsluitdijk.com/hinder

Emergency port Breezanddijk closed

19 August 2019 – 2022

On the side of the Wadden Sea Levvel will set up a worksite at the complex, which will therefore be closed. The emergency port will be available for ships in need and in case of calamities.

Closure Stevin sluices

26 October 2020 – 25 April 2021

The Stevin sluices will be closed due to the construction of a new storm surge barrier in the outport of the sluice complex. During this period the concrete of the sluice will also be inspected and repaired if necessary.

More information about hindrance? Visit theafsluitdijk.com/hinder

Afsluitdijk biking lane closed, free shuttle bus service for cyclists and their bikes

April 2019 – End of 2022

Windpark Fryslân is installing power cables for the new wind farm Read more alternative transportation.

Emergency port Breezanddijk closed

19 August 2019 – 2022

On the side of the Wadden Sea Levvel will set up a worksite at the complex, which will therefore be closed. The emergency port will be available for ships in need and in case of calamities.

More information about hindrance? Visit theafsluitdijk.com/hinder

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Renovation sluices Den Oever Starts on 2019-05-01 Ends on 2019-05-01

Visit the Afsluitdijk Wadden Centre

At Kornwerderzand you will notice a remarkable building; The Afsluitdijk Wadden Centre. Here you will get to know everything about the history and future of the Afsluitdijk. It is also the ideal location to experience the Unesco World Heritage site that is the Wadden sea, as well as the fish migration river and the Ijsselmeer area. For more information and tours, visit the website of the Afsluitdijk Wadden Centre.

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Contact

Can’t find the answer to your question? Send an e-mail to The Afsluitdijk service desk via loket@afsluitdijk.nl of 0800-6040.

Just one Afsluitdijk, lots of stories

After years of hard work the final gap in the Afsluitdijk was closed in 1932. Ever since, the Afsluitdijk has been of unmeasurable importance for all of the Netherlands. Therefore the Afsluitdijk is our common property. It is the place of heroic stories. And it will remain so.

A joint effort of Rijkswaterstaat and De Nieuwe Afsluitdijk

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