The ailing Salzbachtalbrücke near Wiesbaden is to be blown up on a weekend at the beginning of October.

This is announced by the federal highway company.

That is several weeks later than initially planned.

Oliver Bock

Correspondent for the Rhein-Main-Zeitung for the Rheingau-Taunus-Kreis and for Wiesbaden.

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The cause is the additional work involved in securing a damaged pillar of the south bridge with shotcrete. This concrete also has to harden for some time. Its purpose is to prevent the pillar from falling sideways in an uncontrolled manner. The bridge is expected to be cleared by the independent test engineer in mid-August, and only then can the experts begin preparing for the demolition and securing the infrastructure, including the Wiesbaden main sewage treatment plant. Autobahn GmbH has estimated a period of eight weeks for this work. “So it can be assumed that there will be an explosion at the beginning of October 2021,” it said on Friday evening.

The demolition had to take place over a weekend for safety reasons and to protect the population. The blasting concept provides for a safety distance of around 250 meters from the individual blasting sites. The company intends to provide information about the evacuation concept at a later date.