It has been ailing for years - now it is to be put to an end: A motorway bridge in the middle of Germany is being blown up.
Here you can watch the spectacle live.
Wiesbaden - The Salzbachtalbrücke of the Autobahn 66 (A 66) in Wiesbaden, which has been ailing for years, is to be blown up this Saturday (12.00 p.m.) in order to start the new construction quickly.
The bridge was suddenly closed almost five months ago - now it is being removed with brutal means.
Salzbachtal bridge on the A 66 near Wiesbaden: blasting live on the Internet
The event can be followed in a live stream on the Autobahn GmbH West website.
The HR also broadcasts the explosion live - and goes on the air at 10 a.m.
Here you can see the HR stream live.
The SWR will also stream the demolition live from 10 a.m. - we will attach the Facebook video here.
Police, Stadt und Autobahn GmbH called on onlookers to stay at home.
For safety reasons, there is no possibility to watch the demolition on site.
A safety area of 250 meters will be set up around the bridge, in which it is forbidden to stay.
This affects a cemetery, some residential buildings, allotments and an animal shelter, among other things.
If the weather is bad, the date could be postponed at short notice.
It didn't look like that on Saturday morning.
“But there was no sign of heavy rain or fog in Wiesbaden on Saturday morning.
The early autumn sun shines on the old buildings of the state capital.
A last sun salutation to the bridge, so to speak, ”writes
Salzbachtal bridge on the A 66 near Wiesbaden: Eduard Reisch will blast it
The experienced demolition expert Eduard Reisch first wants to bring down the southern part and a few seconds later the northern bridge.
Many residents and commuters in the Rhine-Main area hope that at least the streets and railroad tracks under the previous bridge can soon be used again.
06.10.2021, Hessen, Wiesbaden: The construction site at the Salzbachtalbrücke near Wiesbaden.
© Sebastian Gollnow / dpa
The successive demolition of the bridge built in 1963 began in 2017, the planned new building should actually be completely finished by 2022.
However, due to delays, this date was initially postponed to 2026. However, traffic continued until some time ago.
In June 2021, however, the bridge was closed after concrete parts fell on the federal highway 263 below.
After the demolition, the bridge is to be rebuilt by 2023.
Salzbachtal bridge on the A 66 near Wiesbaden: blasting should make way for new construction
The superstructure on a pillar of the structure had sunk in mid-June, and chunks of concrete had fallen onto the street and sidewalk.
The bridge has been completely closed, and tough traffic jams form regularly in the state capital.
The main station is as good as cut off from train traffic, as almost all of the tracks run under the bridge.
The current gap in Autobahn 66 will be closed with a new building in 2023 at the earliest, according to the plans of the Federal Autobahn GmbH.
As demolition master Reisch explained at the beginning of October, the south bridge is to be brought down with a so-called collapse blast, the north bridge is then to lay on the rubble by tipping blast.
Several hundred drill holes were necessary on each part of the bridge.
Reisch has already conducted numerous spectacular demolitions, including the fall of the 117-meter-high AfE Tower in Frankfurt in 2014.
This year, Reisch Sprengtechnik GmbH from Apfeldorf in Bavaria brought, among other things, the 46-meter-high winding tower of a former mine in Datteln, North Rhine-Westphalia, and the bridge “20.
Anniversary of the GDR ”in Brandenburg an der Havel.
(dpa / AFP / lin)