Fehmarn Sound Bridge
|Fehmarn Sound Bridge|
Fehmarn Sound bridge seen from Wulfener Hals
|Official name||Fehmarnsundbrücke (German)|
|Total length||963.4 m (3,160 ft 9 in)|
|Width||21 m (68 ft 11 in)|
|Height||67 m (219 ft 10 in)|
|Longest span||240 m (787 ft 5 in)|
|Clearance above||23 m (75 ft)|
The 963-metre-long (3,159 ft) crossing includes the 240-metre-long (790 ft) network arch bridge which carries road and rail over the 1,300-metre-wide (4,265 ft) Fehmarn Sound. Construction began in 1958 and the bridge was opened on April 30, 1963. The main span is 23 metres (75 ft) above the sea, which allows shipping to pass through. The bridge is constructed of steel and is 21 metres (70 ft) wide; 6 metres (20 ft) are used by Deutsche Bahn for a single rail track, part of the Lübeck–Puttgarden railway, the rest for a pedestrian walkway and two-lane roadway. The two steel arches, from which the central span is suspended by cables, are braced with steel cross-beams. The arches are 248 metres (810 ft) in length and reach 45 metres (150 ft) above the main deck of the bridge. The bridge was designed by engineers G. Fischer, T. Jahnke und P. Stein from the firm Gutehoffnungshütte Sterkrade AG, Oberhausen-Sterkrade. Architect Gerd Lohmer helped with the architectural design.
Route and ferry changes
At the same time as the opening of the bridge, changes were made to ferry services. The previous ferry service to the island of Fehmarn was discontinued. The service from Großenbrode Quay, Germany to Gedser, Denmark, crossing both Fehmarn Sound and the Fehmarn Belt, was replaced with a new service from Puttgarden (on Fehmarn) to Rødby, Denmark crossing just the Fehmarn Belt. The new bridge and ferry changes brought about a substantial time saving for both road and rail traffic along the so-called Vogelfluglinie (literally "bird flight line") from Hamburg to Copenhagen.
The Fehmarn Sound bridge was declared an historic monument in 1999 by the State Office for Protection of Historical Monuments of Schleswig-Holstein in Kiel, and has since become a symbol of both Fehmarn and Schleswig-Holstein.
Cold War explosive charges
As the bridge was built during the Cold War, six explosive vaults were embedded below the approach road on the mainland side to be used in case of invasion. Their location is given away even today by six square asphalt patches. The vaults were connected to a control point about 1 km (0.6 mi) away in Heinrichsruh.
A Fehmarn Belt Bridge was proposed, between Denmark and Germany, with four lanes (2+2) and double track railway. But according to the agreement between the two countries, the Fehmarn Sound bridge will remain as it is, one lane per direction and a single railway track. However, in December 2010 a tunnel was chosen as the preferred means of spanning the strait.
In the event of severe congestion a copy could be built next to it, but no replacement since it is a historic monument.
- Aftalememorandum af 29. juni 2007 (Danish).
- "Railway Gazette: Fehmarn Belt tunnel preferred". Retrieved 2011-01-02.
- Meier, Günter (1988). Die Vogelfluglinie und ihre Schiffe (in German). Herford: Koehler. ISBN 3-7822-0441-7. OCLC 74958103.
- Ernst, Friedhelm; Meier, Günter (1999). Die "Vogelfluglinie" : die Eisenbahnfähren, die Fehmarnsundbrücke, neue Verkehrsströme nach der Wende, die neuen "Doppelendfähren" (in German). Freiburg (Breisgau): EK-Verlag. OCLC 76062078. Originally published in EISENBAHN-Kurier SPECIAL 53, Freiburg 1997.
- "Fehmarnsundbrücke bei Burg auf Fehmarn" (in German). Hamburg University of Technology. Archived from the original on 2007-10-20. Retrieved 2008-01-28.
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