Canal Bridge Magdeburg

Friday, March 03, 2006

Canal bridge Magdeburg

Total length: 918 m
Trough width: 34 m
Tub depth: 4.25 m
Steel weight: approx. 24,000 t
Ferro-concrete: approx. 68,000 t

The giant kilometer long Magdeburg Water Bridge, completed in October 2003, connects two important German shipping canals, the Elbe-Havel canal and the Mittellandkanal.

Construction began in 1997 and after six years and around half a billion euros the gigantic water bridge now connects Berlin’s inland harbor with the ports along the Rhine river. As Europe’s longest water bridge it measures just short of a kilometer at 918 meters. The huge tub created to transport ships over the Elbe took 24,000 metric tons of steel and 68,000 cubic meters of concrete to build.

Six years, 500 million euros, 918 meters this is engineering! This is a channel-bridge over the River Elbe and joins the former East and West Germany, as part of the unification project. It is located in the city of Magdeburg, near Berlin. The photo was taken on the day of inauguration.

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