Construction of a collector at J.F. Kennedylaan

BESIX Infra is laying a new, separate sewage network that will significantly reduce the risk of flooding in this low-lying area in the event of heavy rain. Waste water from Oostakker will be carried away along Kennedylaan to a downstream Aquafin pumping station. As part of this project BESIX Infra is also renovating the roadway and making improvements to the verges.

Pipe jacking

Rainwater will be carried away towards the Ghent-Terneuzen Canal. To make this possible, a new sewer with a diameter of between 800 and 1600 mm is being laid. Some of the pipes are being installed using pipe jacking with a closed shield, while others are being laid in an open trench. The pipe jacking is being performed over a total length of 1350 metres at an average depth of 6 metres.

Less disruption

Most of the pipe-jacking route lies within the Ghent port area. Here temporary service roads and mobile traffic lights are keeping the disruption to a minimum for heavy goods vehicles.

Outflow Structure

An outflow structure is being built at a depth of up to 10 metres in the Ghent-Terneuzen Canal. This will be equipped with penstocks and a non-return valve.

Focus on the environment

Alongside the upgrading of the sewage network and roads, ecology is also an important consideration within this project. The roadway is being narrowed to create wider verges on which grass will be sown and trees planted.

Project details

Project name

Construction of a collector at J.F. Kennedylaan


Road works, Sewerage and drainage


, Belgium

Building Period

2018 - 2019

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