The Magdeburg Water Bridge

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Amazing, isn’t it!

Water Bridge Over River

The Magdeburg water bridge, completed in 2003, takes 6 years & €500 million for a 918m long marvelous water bridge.

This is a channel-bridge over the River Elbe and joins the former East and West Germany, as part of the unification project. It is located in the city of Magdeburg, near Berlin. The photo was taken on the day of inauguration.

Questions: Did the bridge have to be designed to withstand the additional weight of ship and barge traffic, or just the weight of the water?

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Answer: It only needs to be designed to withstand the weight of the water!

Why? A ship always displaces an amount of water that weighs the same as the ship, regardless of how heavily a ship may be loaded.

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