918 meters long concrete water bathtub in Germany

You might have seen roads crossing over each other in an interchange where one road is being
lifted over the other to avoid conflicts, reduce time delays and avoid
accidents, but until now you must not have seen two waterways carrying huge
bulky barges (ships) crossing one over the other.
Named as “Europ’es Larges Water Bridge” it is Magdeburg Canal Bridge – named after the
city Magdebur where it is located in Germany .
918 meters long concrete water bathtub in Germany
Magdeburg Canal Bridge


Taking as long as 80 years of planning this bulky water bridge has brought
Industrial Revolution in the country.  The massive water bridge over the Elbe River of Germany cost around 500
million Euros.  It is of total length 918
m. The bridge is holding a canal of 32 m wide and 4.25 m deep. Main bridge over
the Elbe canal is 106 m. Employing almost 24000 tons of structural steel, and
680 thousand cubic meters of concrete.

Geography and
Background – Why this water bridge was needed?

Magdeburg Water Bridge connects the Elbe-Havel Canal to the MittellandKanal
crossing over the Elbe River. It is
notable for being the longest navigable aqueduct in the world.
Before the Magdeburg water bridge the ships moving from
Elbe-Havel Canal towards Mittelland Canal had to make a 12 km long way around
through the Tothensee boat lift in
the Elbe and costing much fuel consumption and wastage of time as well. Moreover
the MittelandKanal and Elbe-Havel Canal are a bit at higher elevation than the
Elbe Canal (the canal over which they are crossing).


Having official opening date of October 2003, this water
bridge was in development way back the beginning of 20th century.  Work was started in 1905 and the project
continued till 1942 after which the construction was stopped due to world war
II,  the project was of no importance
after the world war due to no-trade between east and west Germany. But after
the reunification of Germany the project gains the same importance and the work
started again in 1997 and then completed at October, 2003.

About the Developers

piers of Magdeburg Water Bridge is of
reinforced concrete
while the Trusses
are of steel. The Owner of this
bridge is Bundesministerium für
Verkehr, Bau- und Wohnungswesen
. The original design was made by Ingenieurbüro Grassl GmbH Beratende
Ingenieure Bauwesen
. Structural Engineering was provided by HRA Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH Bochum while the
contractors were Bilfinger
Berger SE
, Dillinger Stahlbau GmbH

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