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.