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General Information

Other name(s): Hochmoselübergang Zeltingen
Beginning of works: 2011
Completion: 21 November 2019
Status: in use

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Location: , , ,
  • Mosel River
Coordinates: 49° 58' 7.40" N    7° 0' 0.02" E
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Technical Information


height 158 m
total length 1702.35 m
span lengths 104.760 m - 130.950 m - 157.140 m - 209.520 m - 196.425 m - 183.330 m - 170.235 m - 157.140 m - 144.045 m - 130.950 m - 117.855 m
number of spans 11
bridge surface 48 517 m²
height above valley floor or water ca. 158 m
roadway / carriageway width 2 x 11.50 m
deck deck width 28.50 m
girder depth 5.268 - 7.780 m
piers height 20.78 - 150.72 m
deck depth at abutments 10


substructure concrete volume 38 350 m³
reinforcing steel 8 530 t
superstructure structural steel 32 640 t
concrete volume 575 m³
reinforcing steel 80 t

Design Loads

live load LM1 (DIN Fachbericht 101)


cost of construction Euro 175 000 000


deck steel
piers reinforced concrete
abutments reinforced concrete

Case Studies and Applied Products

Complex movable suspended scaffold structure for the Hochmosel bridge

Complex movable suspended scaffold structure for the Hochmosel bridge

The Hochmosel bridge near Ürzig in Rhineland-Palatinate is a new road bridge in the course of the Hochmosel crossing, which will connect the Benelux countries with the Rhine-Main region as part of an interna ... [more]

Excerpt from Wikipedia

The Hochmoselbrücke (High Moselle Bridge) is a major road bridge, that crosses the valley of the Moselle south of Ürzig and north of Zeltingen-Rachtig in Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany. It was opened to the public traffic on 21 November 2019. The bridge – part of a road connection, the Hochmoselübergang (High Moselle Crossing), incorporating a rerouted stretch of Bundesstrasse (Federal Highway) 50 – is intended to facilitate the flow of traffic between Belgian and Dutch ports and the greater Frankfurt area.


A proposal for the highway and bridge was first made three decades ago for strategic reasons during the Cold War. The project was reactivated to link the Frankfurt area, specifically the Hahn airport, to the Belgian and Dutch harbors with updated plans drawn in the early 21st century.

The plan called for a 1702.4 m long steel box beam bridge that crosses the river at a maximum height of 158 m. The width of the bridge will be 29.0 m to allow four-lane traffic. Ten monolithic pylons made from concrete will support the bridge; their height varies between 15 and 150 m. The estimated costs are 270 million euros. Cost increases caused headlines. The costs of the entire project amount to at least 483 million euros, with the bridge accounting for 175 million euros.The project was completed in November 2019.


Opposition to the project is based on questions of its economical necessity and the negative ecological impact on the Mosel wine region. It is indicated that current available highway connections between the Belgian and Dutch harbors and Frankfurt are adequate, and the proposed highway with its bridge would not present a shortcut and thus would not be economically advantageous. More importantly, perhaps, is the concern that the "ungainly" bridge would destroy a historical cultural section of major significance within the Mosel wine region. The section is home to some of the finest and most historic vineyards of Germany A potential change in the local ecosystem will affect the premier riesling areas of the Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Graacher Himmelreich, and Ürziger Würzgarten. International wine experts, among them Hugh Johnson, Jancis Robinson and Stuart Pigott, are opposing the project and fear that the unique microclimate responsible for the Mosel rieslings will be impacted.

Text imported from Wikipedia article "High Moselle Bridge" and modified on 03 June 2020 according to the CC-BY-SA 3.0 license.

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