The Afsluitdijk has been protecting the Netherlands from the sea for more than eighty years. However, the dike no longer meets the current requirements for flood protection.
Rijkswaterstaat is therefore going to reinforce the Afsluitdijk (PDF, 1,61 MB). We plan to make the dike overflow-resistant by replacing the outer cladding and will strengthen the sluices and locks. We are also going to install powerful pumps in the sluice complex at Den Oever so that more surplus water can be discharged from the IJsselmeer into the Wadden Sea. The Afsluitdijk’s new pumping station is expected to be the largest in Europe.
The New Afsluitdijk
The many faces of the Afsluitdijk
The importance of the AfsluitdijkThe Afsluitdijk is from great value for the Netherlands and is being used for safety, traffic across the roads and waters, cultural history, recreation and more. Read more about the importance of the Afsluitdijk.
History and functionThe region around the former Zuiderzee was vulnerable to flooding. There were already plans to build a causeway in the 17th century. In 1916, a combination of a storm at sea and an enormous surge of water from the IJssel caused flooding in large parts of the area around the Zuiderzee. Read more about the history of the Afsluitdijk.
Iconic AfsluitdijkRijkswaterstaat will be strengthening the Afsluitdijk causeway in the years ahead to continue protecting the Netherlands in future against the power of the water. The state and region are taking this opportunity to also give other initiatives space as well. Read more about the Iconic Afsluitdijk