• Mühlensteg Besigheim
    © sbp/Andreas Schnubel

Mühlensteg Besigheim

Besigheim, Germany, 2020

The Mühlensteg footbridge in the Southern German town of Besigheim provides a new connection for pedestrians and especially cyclists. Bringing the long-distance cycling route “Enztalradweg” from Bietigheim-Bissingen on the eastern bank across the river Enz, the bridge links Besigheim’s public Enzpark with the historical old town.
The one-sided suspension bridge with inclined hangers is anchored by a mast, arranged on the south side with two spread cables. A monolithic reinforced concrete ramp, which continues the curved shape of the bridge, provides access from the west. At the western abutment, a filigree steel staircase allows direct access to the neighboring playground and a car park. The foundation of the entire structure is based on partially inclined, grouted micropiles, as the foundation soil is at a depth of approx. 5 m.
In addition to the special technical requirements of the innovative structure, logistical and organizational challenges were significant during construction. The entire construction site was located in a nature reserve; the western Enzpark is situated within the river's flood plain.
Crossing the river, the elegant structure is visible from afar and forms an elegant addition to the newly created Enzpark.

  • Location

    Besigheim, Germany

  • Architect

    schlaich bergermann partner

  • Cooperation

    Stark Ingenieure, Besigheim

  • Client

    Stadt Besigheim

  • Contractor

    Karl Köhler, Besigheim; Stahlbau Urfer, Remseck

  • Our Scope of Work

    appraisal, schematic design, conceptual design, detailed design, construction design, tender award preparation and participation, site supervision, technical spots check, lighting design, erection analysis

  • Total length 117 m
  • Width 3.20 m
  • Mast height 26 m
  • Main span 68 m
  • Superstructure height 0.80 m (steel box girder)
  • Bridge area 350 m²
  • Mühlensteg Besigheim © sbp/Andreas Schnubel
  • Mühlensteg Besigheim © schlaich bergermann partner
  • Mühlensteg Besigheim © sbp/Andreas Schnubel
  • Mühlensteg Besigheim © sbp/Andreas Schnubel

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