BIG MOUTH AND PLENTY BEHIND IT
The Rethe double-leaf bascule bridge has two sides: open and free in its closed state, charming and likeable when open. It takes just four minutes to raise the 1,200 t leaves, thus removing any height restrictions for large and flat ships such as general cargo ships and bulk carriers. This bridge easily eliminates any barriers in the Port of Hamburg. Due to the separation of rail and road traffic and the removal of level grade crossings, the bridge facilitates smooth shipping in the busy waterway network. The result: everything flows.
paving the way
Operation and maintenance costs have a much larger impact on the economic feasibility of moveable bridges than of fixed bridges. The moveable parts in particular are often the weakest points of bascule bridges. To economically improve the life cycle, it is best to use few or no moveable parts. Intelligence beats force: the maintenance effort is minimised by the innovative boltless finger system.
creating construction culture
The Rethe double-leaf bascule bridge is an exceptional construction. It keeps an eye to the future of the Hanseatic city and embraces it with flexible solutions. Designed to be extended, its sustainable concepts for the protection of the sensitive riverine habitat speak for themselves. Open up.
Year of completion
Type of intervention
Hamburg Port Authority
Type of structure
Road and railway bridge
Construction material of superstructure
Reinforced concrete, steel
Type of structural system
2,00 - 12,00 m
Prof. Bernhard Winking Architekten BDA, Hamburg
Basic assessment, preliminary design, detailed design, planning for approval, construction planning, preparation of tendering, assistance for tendering, construction supervision, health and safety coordination, technical examination, consultant services for the client, visualisation
Services provided by engineering consortium
Latest news about the project
German Bridge Construction Prize 2020
Michael Borowski receives award for the Rethe Bridge
On 8 March 2021, the Federal Chamber of Engineers and the German Association of Consulting Engineers (VBI) recognised the winning teams …Weiterlesen … German Bridge Construction Prize 2020