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Schemerlbrücke (Schemerl Bridge)

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Schemerlbrücke (Schemerl Bridge)

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: July 4, 2017

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Am Brigittenaurer Sporn Over Danube Canal (Donaukanal)
Vienna (Wien): Vienna (Wien): Austria (Österreich)
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1898 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown and Engineer/Design: Otto Koloman Wagner
Rehabilitation Date
Main Span Length
160.8 Feet (49 Meters)
Structure Length
164.0 Feet (50 Meters)
Roadway Width
26.7 Feet (8.14 Meters)
1 Main Span(s)
Inventory Number
Not Applicable

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This bridge provides a crossing for vehicular traffic, while at the same time also functioning as part of the Nussdorfer Wehr, a dam and lock system for the Danube Canal. To accommodate this unique combination of functions, the bridge has three truss lines. The middle truss line is positioned closer to the southern truss, allowing for a wider space between trusses on the northern side of the bridge. The northern side of the bridge is the deck for vehicular traffic. The narrower southern side of the bridge contains machinery related to the dam and weir system.

This bridge has significant ornamental details, the most obvious of these being the bronze lion statues created by the noted artist Rudolf Weyr. Also noteworthy was the engineer for the bridge, the famous Otto Wagner who was responsible for much of the infrastructure in Vienna.

Wartime damage in 1945 was repaired in 1953-1955. Another major repair took place in 1978. The bridge is in excellent condition today, with not a single spot of rust or deterioration visible on the trusses as of 2017.


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