The Saale-Elster Viaduct project
South of Halle (Saale), the new line from Erfurt to Leipzig/Halle crosses the Saale-Elster floodplain on a viaduct with a length of around 6.5 kilometres. In addition, the city of Halle is being connected to the new line by means of an additional 2.1-kilometre line on the bridge. This merging with the Weißenfels-Halle line takes place before the new station of Halle-Ammendorf.
Facts and figures
|Construction length of main bridge:||6,465 m|
|Bridge width:||13.90 m|
|Width for line branching off:||29.2 m|
|Speed on main bridge:||300 km/h|
|Track centre distance:||4 m|
|Bridge heigh:||max. 21 m|
|Girder span (cantilever length):||44 m|
|Suspended deck arch bridge (overpass structure) span length:||110 m|
|Length of bridge for line branching off to Halle:||2.112 km|
|Width of bridge for line branching off to Halle:||8.9 m|
|Speed on line branching off:||160 km/h|
|Superstructure construction type for the tracks:||ballastless slab track|
The continuous bridge from Erfurt eastwards links the line to the section from Gröbers to Leipzig airport/Halle, Leipzig trade fair centre, Leipzig central station and the Leipzig freight distribution centre. It takes the Erfurt-Halle branch over a suspended deck arch bridge on which the deck is suspended from a steel arch. In this section the Saale-Elster Viaduct is wider to accommodate four tracks. In the other sections it has two tracks.