Thursday, 14. April 2016

Pedestrian Bridge across the Elbe-Havel-Kanal

Successful Longitudinal Launching of the Steel Composite Construction

On April 13th 2016 the new pedestrian bridge across the Elbe-Havel-Kanal (EHK) was successfully launched into position. The assembly of the steel composite superstructure with a length of 80 m and a total weight of 500 t was conducted last year. The old steel framework was subsequently demolished and floated to shore. The old abutments were replaced and the new superstructure was shifted onto the canal with two heavy weight travellers where it was floated into position supported by two pontoons.

The original framework bridge was erected before the Second World War by the Henkel cooperation and connects the former Waschmittelwerk Genthin with the Martha-Brautzsch-Straße and the area of the Municipal Culture Hall. The new bridge extends the vertical clearance height of the EHK to 5.25 m.

The consulting office GRASSL was responsible for multiple design stages ranging from preliminary investigations to tendering. Particular features of the design are the connection of the composite carriageway slab without transversal girders as well as the launching of the complete bridge including the heavy concrete slab.