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General Information

Name in local language: Kanalbrücke Magdeburg
Beginning of works: March 1998
Completion: 10 October 2003
Status: in use

Project Type

Structure: main bridge:
Parallel-chord truss bridge
approach viaduct:
U-shaped girder bridge
Function / usage: Canal bridge
Material: Steel bridge
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Construction method: Longitudinal launching

Awards and Distinctions

2006 entry  


Location: , , , ,
  • Elbe River
  • Mittellandkanal
Part of:
Next to: Hohenwarthe Lock (2003)
Coordinates: 52° 13' 51" N    11° 42' 4.67" E
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Technical Information


main span 106.2 m
width 43.0 m
total length 918 m
clearance 90.00 m x 6.25 m
approach viaduct
span lengths 16 x 42.85 m
number of spans 16
width 32.00 m
depth 4.25 m
main bridge
span lengths 2 x 57.10 m - 106.20 m


structural steel 24 000 t
concrete volume 68 0000 m³


cost of construction ca. Euro 80 000 000


piers reinforced concrete
truss steel
trough steel


March 1998

Beginning of construction.

10 October 2003

The canal is opened to traffic.

Excerpt from Wikipedia

The Magdeburg Water Bridge (German:Kanalbrücke Magdeburg) is a large navigable aqueduct in central Germany, located near Magdeburg. The largest canal underbridge in Europe, it spans the river Elbe and directly connects the Mittellandkanal to the west and Elbe-Havel Canal to the east of the river, allowing large commercial ships to pass between the Rhineland and Berlin without having to descend into and then climb out of the Elbe itself.


Planning for the canal crossing dates back to at least the beginning of the 20th century. Work on the Mittellandkanal began in 1905, while work on the overall project continued until 1942, when all construction was brought to a halt because of World War II. After the war, the government of East Germany did not resume work on the project because east-west trade was no longer important in the context of the Cold War. After the reunification of Germany, the reestablishment of major water transport routes made the water bridge a priority again. Work started in 1998, with construction taking six years and costing €501 million. The water bridge now connects Berlin’s inland harbour network with the ports along the Rhine River. The aqueduct's tough structure incorporates 24,000 tons of steel and 68,000 cubic meters of concrete.

Text imported from Wikipedia article "Magdeburg Water Bridge" and modified on 11 April 2020 under the CC-BY-SA 3.0 license.

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