The new Moselle Bridge in the Bernkastel-Wittlich district (Rhineland Palatinate, Germany) has been opened to public traffic on 21 November. Dillinger played a major role, with more than 25,000 tonnes of heavy plate used in construction of the bridge spanning the Moselle river.
The Moselle Bridge is one of the highest and longest in Germany. The height of the piers and spans reaching up to 210 meters required a multitude of planning, assembly and organizational innovations in order to complete the 33,000-tonne beam bridge.
The highest pier measures about 150 meters, the lowest about 20 meters. The distance between the piers ranges from 105 to 210 meters. The structure’s height of 160 meters exceeds even that of the Cologne Cathedral and its length, at 1.7 kilometers, is six times the length of the London Bridge.
Dillinger steel was selected for the project due to the special dimensions and the associated requirements for the building materials used. For individual elements such as piers and substructures, Dillinger supplied heavy plate steel in various qualities and in thicknesses ranging from 8 to 125 millimeters. Much of the steel was delivered to the construction site from Dillingen by freighter via the Saar and Moselle rivers – an environmentally friendly option and suitable for construction of a river bridge.
The Moselle Bridge between Ürzig and Zeltingen is the centerpiece of the 25-kilometer section of the new four-lane construction project for the B50 federal highway between Platten and Longkamp. The bridge enables vehicles to drive through what was formerly described as “Europe’s most expensive dead end.” The BeNeLux countries and their port facilities will now also be directly linked to the Rhine-Main area. At the regional level, the Eifel and Hunsrück regions are now connected via the A60/B50 highways.
The corporation of the Dillinger Hüttenwerke (Dillinger), founded in 1685, is today a world leader in the production of high-quality heavy plates made of steel. The Dillinger Group employs around 7,400 people and generates annual sales of around two billion euros. Dillinger's high-tech sheets are used in the realization of exceptional and technically demanding projects all over the world, including steel construction, mechanical engineering, offshore, offshore wind power, linepipe and boiler construction.