Weekly Photo: Three Countries Bridge

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Three Countries Bridge, taken by Wikimedia Commons user Taxiarchos228.

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“The Three Country Bridge at night in Huningue (France) and Weil am Rhein (Germany) next to the Tripoint near Basel (Switzerland).” – Wikimedia Commons.

The Three Countries Bridge (Dreiländerbrücke in German or La passerelle des Trois Pays in French) is an arch bridge which crosses the Rhine between the towns of Huningue, France and Weil am Rhein, Germany. It’s the world’s longest single-span bridge dedicated exclusively to carrying pedestrians and cyclists. Its name is almost self-explanatory, since Switzerland is located about 200 meters away. It was designed by the Franco-Austrian architect Dietmar Feichtinger.

Some facts of the bridge, from the official website:

  • 238 m span (the longest span in the world)
  • 155 m of the navigable channel
  • 7.8 m draft
  • 24.75 m at its highest point
  • 1012 tons of steel
  • 1798 m3 of concrete
  • 2980 m3 of excavation for the foundation of banks
  • 805 m of cables 30 and 60 mm diameter
  • 10 875 m2 of corrosion protection

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