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General Information

Name in local language: Kochertalbrücke
Beginning of works: 1976
Completion: 18 December 1979
Duration of works: 33 months
Status: in use

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2016 award winner  


Location: , , , ,
  • Kocher River
  • Autobahn A6
Part of:
Coordinates: 49° 10' 39.84" N    9° 47' 6.88" E
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Technical Information


main span 138 m
height 185 m
length 1 128 m
number of spans 9
number of lanes 2 x 2
abutments number 2
deck deck width 31.32 m
girder depth 6.50 m
piers width 8.6 - 15.0 m
height 40 - 178 m
thickness 5.0 - 9.5 m
number 8


cost of construction German Mark 70 200 000


deck prestressed concrete
piers reinforced concrete
abutments reinforced concrete

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Excerpt from Wikipedia

On the Kocher Viaduct (German:Kochertalbrücke) near Schwäbisch Hall in Germany the Autobahn 6 crosses the Kocher valley between Heilbronn and Nuremberg. With its maximum height of 185m above the valley bottom, it is the highest viaduct in Germany, and was also the bridge with the tallest pillars in the world before the Millau Viaduct, France was completed in 2004.

The nine spans of this prestressed concrete girder bridge cover a length of 1128m, the individual span lengths being 81m for the outer two and 138m for the remaining seven. Pillar height varies from 40m to 178m. The bridge table is 31m wide. Construction was from 1976 to 1979.

A museum in the village of Geislingen am Kocher below the bridge (visits by prior appointment) not only tells the bridge's story but also displays dinosaur fossils found during the construction of the motorway.

Text imported from Wikipedia article "Kocher Viaduct" and modified on 22 July 2019 under the CC-BY-SA 3.0 license.


Initial construction (1976-1979)
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