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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Magdeburg Water Bridge in Germany

The Magdeburg Water Bridge - Wasserstra├čenkreuz Magdeburg in Germany

Six years, 500 million euros, 918 meters long,Magdeburg Water Bridge or Wasserstrassenkreuz in German, (52°13′50″N, 11°42′4″E), completed in October 2003, connects two important German shipping canals, the Elbe-Havel Canal and the Mittellandkanal, which leads to the country’s industrial Ruhr Valley heartland. The huge tub to transport ships over the Elbe took 24,000 metric tons of steel and 68,000 cubic meters of concrete to build. Barge captains will now be able to ship loads of up to 1,350 metric tons – the equivalent of 50 truckloads – over the 34-meter wide and 4.25-meter deep water bridge. Previously, ships could only be loaded with 800 metric tons. Serve as part of the unification project former East and West Germany,it is located in the city of Magdeburg, near Berlin.
Photo taken on the day of inauguration 10.10.2003 Friday.

Environmental group BUND call for ending the further planned canal expansion of the Havel and Spree waterways near Berlin stating that however is the advantages any enhance canalization of Havel and Spree for bigger Rhine boats would have fatal consequences for the natural water supply in Berlin and Brandenburg. Falling water levels would dramatically drain wetlands and Potsdam’s world cultural heritage would be threatened.


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