The assembled main span of a new rail bridge that uses an innovative material in its hangers was launched over the River Oder on the Germany-Poland border using the side span as a nose.

The main span is put into place on temporary support towers. Image credit: Knight Architecture sbp/Lorenz Haspel

On Thursday the Kustrin-Kietz rail bridge achieved a major milestone as construction workers placed the main span on two temporary support towers.

The 226m network arch bridge was designed by Knight Architects, with Schuessler-Plan Berlin and Schlaich Bergermann Partner as consulting engineers and is notable for the use of carbon fibre hangers by CarboLink AG. It replaces a derelict single-track truss. It is owned by DB Netz AG and the project is being delivered by Dresden-based Sächsische Bau. Also involved in the project are: DB Zentrale Technik, EBA, HRA, EMPA, MPA, GMG, GuD, Baugrund Dresden and Mostostal and Mammoet.