Mammoet moves entire bridge section

By Niamh Marriott21 June 2022

SEH Engineering contracted Mammoet to move a new bridge section of the Rhine Bridge in Leverkusen in Germany 300 metres to its installation position.

The bridge section weighed 1,100 tonnes (Photo: Mammoet)

As the bridge section weighed 1,100 tonnes, and had dimensions of 66 metres by 34 metres, the highway had to be fully closed.

The new bridge aims to increase traffic volumes on the highway with its new 8 lane structure.

Mammoet used several of its Mega Jack 500 systems, gantry girders and three units of 24 axle lines of SPMT.

Engineering moves

The simplest approach - stacking the bridge section on the abutment benches using climbing jacks - could not be used because the bridge has a slope in both its the longitudinal and transverse directions. 

This would mean the abutment benches would be both at an angle and at different end heights.

Four towers of Mammoet’s Mega Jack 500 system were used for the job (Photo: Mammoet)

This approach would also require a longer road closure, so the engineering teams worked together to develop a different solution. 

Mammoet’s solution lifted, transported and set down the bridge section, all in one manoeuvre.

Four towers of Mammoet’s Mega Jack 500 system were used for the job. The equipment lifted the load via the insertion of successive cassettes at ground level, which reduced manual handling and the need to work at height.

Accessibility issues

Due to a hole in the ground at the pre-assembly site, the bridge section was not accessible to the SPMTs.

Mammoet used three units of 24 axle lines of SPMT for the transport (Photo: Mammoet)

The hole was needed for a pillar of the bypass bridge. Instead of filling and covering the hole, it was more efficient to slightly change the position of the bridge section.

So, Mammoet’s team moved the bridge section one meter just before execution.

The repositioned bridge segment was then lifted with four climbing jacks so that the SPMTs could be driven underneath. 

The gantry girders and Mega Jack 500 towers were then erected on the SPMTs.

The bridge section was manoeuvred 300 metres across the confined site to the installation location, then lifted several meters further so that it could be driven over the abutments of different heights, before being lowered and installed

Bridge bottlenecks

The bridge section was manoeuvred 300 metres across the confined site to the installation location (Photo: Mammoet)

The new replacement Rhine bridge in Leverkusen is one of the largest infrastructure construction projects in North Rhine-Westphalia.

The new Rhine bridge is scheduled for completion at the end of 2023 and aims to eliminate traffic bottlenecks.

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