German Unity Transport Project 8

 Nuremberg – Erfurt – Halle/Leipzig – Berlin

Supporting structure

The Saale-Elster Viaduct appears to be more like an elevated track because of its low height of never more than 21 metres. The integrated rail junction on the viaduct that links the tracks to and from Halle with the main through line on different levels and without crossovers is unique.

Construction using a launch girder, looking north
Construction using a launch girder, looking north (Photo: DB AG)

The construction project requires unusual technologies and processes. Two tasks must be combined: building the structure, which is a demanding engineering challenge, and meeting extensive environmental requirements at every stage of construction. These tasks are successfully completed thanks to a complex approach taking into account both engineering and environmental considerations. Besides the usual technical construction supervision measures, Deutsche Bahn also put in place supervision based on environmental factors. In addition, an independent hydrological monitoring system was installed, which is monitored and controlled by an official public working group.


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