February 11th, 2021

New railway bridge Kattwyk inaugurated

New and old Kattwyk Bridge  (©Hamburg Port Authority, F. Steffens)

New and old Kattwyk Bridge (©Hamburg Port Authority, F. Steffens)

After twelve years of project duration, the New Kattwyk Railway Bridge, one of the most important infrastructure projects of the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA), was opened to rail traffic on 14 December 2020.

The new building will relieve traffic in the port, as rail and road are now separated from each other. The old Kattwyk bridge from 1973 is now used exclusively as a road bridge, while the new Kattwyk railway bridge takes up rail traffic. Until now, the old Kattwyk bridge was a combined railway and road bridge that had to be closed to road traffic during rail journeys.

The new construction of the bridge is also connected with the planned reconstruction of the Kattwykdam /-street traffic junctionand the conversion of the Hohe Weide fire line.

Tractebel Hydroprojekt GmbH was commissioned from 2016 to 2020 with the construction supervision for the awarding unit "Substructures and CulvertManagement". These included the two land-side abutments, two power pillars and a connecting culvert for supply. Furthermore, parts of the awarding unit "railway-side connection on the east side" were supervised. The construction volume of the New Kattwyk Railway Bridge amounts to approximately 270 million euros. It is therefore within the cost and schedule of the Hamburg Port Authority.

Tim Geier – Hamburg