Extra-ordinary bridge relocation in Berlin
04 May 2023

Extra-ordinary bridge relocation in Berlin

Near Berlin, Wagenborg Nedlift's bridge team carried out a special operation. The Fahlenberg Bridge was moved 100 metres via a sophisticated jacking and barging operation.

Oder-Spree canal

The 600-tonne-plus and 40-metre-long Fahlenbergbrücke spans the Oder-Spree Canal and connects the town of Gosen with the Berlin-Müggelheim district. The old bridge is being replaced by a new one. During the construction works for the new bridge, the old bridge will serve as a temporary bridge on the diversion route. 

First in jacking technology

For the relocation operation, the Wagenborg Nedlift team deployed a combination of techniques. First, a set of coupling pontoons with support beams on top. This created a stable surface for the jacking system that had to lift the bridge from the abutments.


This jacking system was only recently commissioned by Wagenborg Nedlift. The Fahlenbergbrücke project is therefore one of the first projects for this latest asset in jacking technology. The new jacking system uses jacking elements, is equipped with the latest features in jacking technology and is computer-controlled. A perfect system, therefore, for jacking a bridge like the Fahlenberg Bridge.


To release the bridge from the abutments in a controlled and safe manner, the client positioned additional jacks on both sides of the abutments. 

Precision steering

Around midday, the time had come and the crowds in attendance were treated to a fine show of craftsmanship by the bridge team. The bridge was silently raised and lifted from its abutments using the jacking system and jacks.


After the bridge was completely freed and secured accurately, the pontoons slowly moved towards the diversion route, 100 metres away. What precision steering by the tug skippers! Once there, the client first took care of some civil work on the temporary bridge supports.

Temporary bridge supports

The next day, the entire jacking operation took place in reverse order and the bridge was placed on the temporary abutments of the diversion route.


With as much calm and care as it had started the day before.

Watch the project movie here!

Footage: Streicher Gruppe

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