Ampsin-Neuville Lock

The first phase of work on the Ampsin-Neuville lock will involve replacing the 55 x 7.5 metre lock with a 225 x 12.5 metre lock. Then, the second 225 x 25 metre lock, which is the final objective of the project, will replace the existing 136 x 16 metre lock. The works started in August 2018 and are scheduled to finish in 2023.

These works will also enhance the quality of life of users, cyclists and walkers :

  • The left bank, downstream from the site, will be landscaped to give it a more natural character
  • A new fish ladder – the biggest in Wallonia – resembling a real artificial river, will allow aquatic fauna to cross the dam
  • The bridge linking the towns of Amay and Huy will be replaced and lengthened to cross over the national road. It will also connect the existing cycle paths. The main road will be closed to road traffic and reserved for cyclists and pedestrians.
  • The N90 will be secured and realigned

Located on the Meuse river, between the towns of Huy and Amay, the Ampsin-Neuville lock is the 3rdbusiest lock in Wallonia. Commissioned in 1958, the lock needs to be rehabilitated to reduce the waiting time of boat owners and allow large ships to pass through.

Key figures Altogether, the overall cost of the project amounts to €126,000,000, provided by SOFICO, the project owner.
€1,500,000
provided by the European Commission as part of the TEN-T (Trans-European Transport Network) programme for the preliminary studies
Almost 9.435 million tonnes of goods passed through the Ampsin-Neuville lock in 2018

Key dates

2018

Start of civil engineering and electromechanical works

 

2023

Scheduled date of commissioning of the new lock

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