The new central area around Zaanstad station is part of the municipality's plans to improve the economic and social structure of the city. The master plan is a reinterpretation of the history of Zaanstad. While the Zaan used to be the vein of the Zaan economy and created cohesion between the Zaan villages, that role was taken over by the provincial road and rail. As an urban center was created at the time by the construction of a bridge over the Zaan, a new connecting bridge for pedestrians and cyclists over the rail and the provincial road has now been built, creating a direct connection between the western residential and school area and the city center. On and around this bridge are now a town hall, a station, many homes, a hotel and shops. The bridge is designed in such a way that the public space from the city is naturally continued over the motorway and the railway as a gradually ascending street in the extension of the Gedempte Gracht, which has been excavated again. The water from this canal goes up the bridge with it, so that pedestrians continue to have the idea that they are walking along a canal.