With the provisions in the bridge heads, the water under the bridge could be held back on both sides as inundation partition. As shot beam barrier, this unique bridge is an example of a series of tram bridges on the Volgerweg where similarly the flow could be closed with shot beam dams.

The terrain is part of the former Stelling van Amsterdam, the military line of permanent defense construction around the capital, that also served as National Reduit and was laid between 1880 and 1920 by the War Department.