Monday 22 April 2013

River-bridge over a River

The movie ‘Bridge on river Kwai’ immortalized the Allied forces war with the Japanese during the world war, where the bridge played a vital role. You have heard about the London bridge and the Harbour bridge in New York. You may have seen many bridges over rivers with roads for vehicles and railway tracks for trains, but few may have seen a bridge over a river with waterway for barges, boats and passenger ships to sail across easily. It is practically, a river over a river. It is hard to believe even after you see it.

Yes, it is in Germany, a water bridge over a river. The engineering marvel is 918 meters long, and cost 500 million Euros with six years to build and achieve this remarkable feat.

It is a channel-bridge over the river Elbe and joins the former East and West Germany, as part of the unification project. It is located in the city of Magdeburg, near Berlin.

The bridge was designed just to withstand the weight of the water? As a ship always displaces an amount of water that weighs the same as the ship, regardless of how heavily a ship may be loaded. And that did the trick. It is the eighth wonder of the world.

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