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Monday, September 25, 2006

Cool Engineering

Water Bridge


Waterbridgesmall

Ok, this has to be one of the coolest engineering projects I’ve come accross in a long time!



The photograph displayed above is one of a kilometer-long "concrete
bathtub" water bridge over the Elbe River in Germany that joins the
Elbe-Havel canal to the Mittelland canal near the eastern town of
Magdeburg.

Deutsche Welle described the bridge upon its completion in 2003:

"Taking
six years to build and costing around half a billion euros, the massive
undertaking will connect Berlin's inland harbor with the ports along
the Rhine river. At the center of the project is Europe's longest water
bridge measuring in just shy of a kilometer at 918 meters. 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."

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