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|Official name||Soliser Viadukt|
|Maintained by||Rhaetian Railway|
|Design||Arch bridge, viaduct|
|Total length||164 m (538 ft)|
|Height||89 m (292 ft)|
|Longest span||42 m (138 ft)|
|No. of spans||11|
Designed by the engineer Hans Studer, it was built in 1902 by Munari, Cayre und Marasi for the Rhaetian Railway, which still owns and uses it today. One of the most important structures on the World Heritage-listed Albula Railway, it is 89 metres (292 ft) high, 164 metres (538 ft) long, and has a main span of 42 metres (138 ft).
The limestone-built viaduct was conceived by Hans Studer as the first stone arch bridge in Switzerland to be designed in accordance with the elasticity theory. That choice of design allowed the use of a parabolic arch, and thus a very slim form of construction. Building costs could thereby be limited to 125,000 Swiss francs at 1902 prices.
With its height of 89 metres (292 ft), the Solis Viaduct is the highest on the Rhaetian Railway. It consists of a main span of 42 metres (138 ft) flanked by 10 other spans ranging from 8 metres (26 ft) to 10 metres (33 ft).
In 1997, the viaduct was renovated at great expense. The previous isolation between the gravel bed and walls was filled in by a new sealing system, incorporating liquid plastic film and shotcrete. In addition, the rails and ballast were renewed.
Aerial video of Solis Viaduct.
- See the references in Soliser Viadukt (de Wikipedia) (in German)
Media related to Solis Viaduct at Wikimedia Commons