Bridge over the River Wupper
Project: Ludwig Rehbock Park, Leverkusen
Client: Stadt Leverkusen Technische Betriebe der Stadt Leverkusen AöR
Contract value: 1,3 m €
Construction period: 2011-2012
The bearing capacity of the existing arched bridge from the 1930ies was limited to 6 t. Since this bridge is the only access to the park with playgrounds on the left bank of the River Wupper it had to be refurbished to achieve a bearing capacity of 30 t. This is required for the vehicles used to replace the sand for the playground or for tree maintenance in the park.
The old arch was provided with a superstructure of reinforced concrete. The new bridge is a frame in the longitudinal section and a trough of in-situ concrete in the cross section and has a span length of approx.17 m.
The lateral bearing parapets have openings in which the ornaments from the old walls are re-integrated.
The stability of the existing bridge over the River Wupper was significantly limited. Furthermore, the old foundations of the bridge were situated in the flood plain of the river and stood in the way of the unhindered runoff of the River Wupper during floods.
The planned new construction improves the flood runoff, since 7 piers of various construction types and widths will be replaced by only two piers with a width of 60 cm each. The distance between the railings of the new bridge is 3.00 m in the lateral areas, which are planned as steel trough cross-sections, and 3.20 m in the centre of the bridge. The steel construction of the superstructure was built of weatherproof steel. In the centre of the bridge grates provide a direct drainage from the bridge into the River Wupper.
The existing „Himmelsleiter“ steps were endangered by a landslide. Since the refurbishment of the steps was excluded for cost reasons, they were completely dismantled and will be rebuilt in accordance with the requirements of modern steps (e.g. intermediate landings, handrails).
The new steps will resemble the design of the old ones, apart from the walking width of the steps, which will be increased to 2.50 m. At the longest intermediate landing the block steps overhang to enlarge the landing. Here, seats are built from the block step material and the seating will be covered with hardwood.
Pulpit and pergola will be preserved. Loose natural stone masonry and cover plates will be grouted or solidified. All surfaces are cleaned with high-pressure water jets and steel brushes.
Demolition and rebuilding of Ludwig Rehbock Park in Leverkusen-Opladen, Lot 1-3
"Over the River Wupper to the „Himmelsleiter“ steps"
The bridge was completed 20 months in advance of the agreed deadline as a result of a clever construction concept.
In the course of Ostseeautobahn BAB A 20 (A20 Baltic Sea Motorway) As part of the traffic project “Deutsche Einheit” (German unity) two bridges on the A 20 motorway form a further link between the old and new federal states.
New arched bridge updates important traffic connection and improves overstressed infrastructure in the city of Kiel.