[Translate to English:] Brücke Kulmbach

Kulmbach Bridge

Short description

New construction of bridge 4-2 on the B 289 over the non-electrified two-track railway line between Bamberg and Hof. This structure is part of the planned Untersteinach bypass (Kulmbach district).

The project

The bridge structure is a three-span, double-girdered T-beam bridge that is prestressed in the longitudinal direction. The work to be carried out involved elevating the arch 1.2 metres then lowering it, all while railway services continued to operate.

  • Length of the bridge arch: 68.7 m
  • Width between railings: 18.60-19.95 m
  • Construction height: 1.20 m

The foundations for this bridge are 32 in-situ concrete bored piles with a diameter of 1.2 metres that extend to depths of twelve to 14 metres.

Principal dimensions:

Concrete

  • Bored piles: 455 m³
  • Substructures: 925 m³
  • Superstructure: 844 m³
  • Caps: 71 m³

Steel

  • Reinforcing steel: 277 t
  • Prestressing steel: 36 t

Services in detail

  • Construction of the bored piles and subsequent construction of the pile caps
  • Construction of two abutments and six very narrow pillars with a cross-sectional reduction from bottom to top of 1:25 and rounded corners
  • Construction of a supporting structure raised 1.2 metres due to the clearance profile over the railway line and installation of the nail trusses, followed by setting up the formwork for the superstructure
  • Installation of the spherical bearings, reinforcement and prestressed reinforcement, followed by concreting work for the superstructure
  • Installation of the lowering presses, removal of the supporting framework and lowering of the superstructure after application of the prestressing
  • Subsequent waterproofing beneath the caps, laying of the kerbstones and production of the caps

Challenges

  • Construction of the superstructure during ongoing railway operations (approximately seven trains per hour)
  • Protection of the sewage pressure pipe on the construction site
  • Subsequent lowering of the superstructure