Before returning to Schleswig-Holstein and in particular, the tour along the Baltic-North Sea Canal, here is a question for some of you who are interested in doing some research and talking about it at the forum:
This bridge is located west of Kiel over the Grand Canal. Built in 1893, this bridge featured a pony-arch design, where there were steel arches and trusses supporting the deck and the center span, but with no overhead trusses. It used to have a truss design that covered the three lanes of traffic- two-lane roadway with a railway line connecting Kiel and Flensburg, but because it was extremely narrow- especially at the portal entrance, which featured an arch entrance made of brick and concrete, it was stripped down to just the pony arches in 1951 and the lanes were widened. Since that time, it has served traffic but not for long.
Because of rust and advanced aging plus as part of the plan to deepen and widen the Baltic-North Sea Canal, this bridge will be replaced with a tied through arch bridge, featuring four-lanes of traffic- two for automobiles and two for railway lines. The cost will be close to 48 Million Euros and will take two years to complete. The approach spans of the bridge will be preserved as an observation deck and a refuge for the thousands of bats residing underneath the old bridge at the moment.
Can somebody name that bridge and where it is located? The answer will come later this month but you can place your answer in the Comment section or on the facebook pages.