Between 2012 and 2016, the Province of Groningen, the Municipality of Groningen and the Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management cooperated to replace a bridge (Noordzeebrug) over Van Starkenborghkanaal.
The new bridge is about three metres higher, making it suitable for larger freight ships. The junction of the ring road with Bedumerweg was converted into a flyover at the same time, removing the need for traffic lights.
The Noordzeebrug was replaced as part of the redevelopment of the Lemmer-Delfzijl waterway, the principal waterway in the Northern Netherlands. Ships – and the loads they carry – will become bigger in the future, and various bridges over this waterway will need to be modified to allow larger vessels to pass under them. The old Noordzeebrug was completely demolished and replaced with a new, 9.10-metre-high fixed bridge.