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Here, the Mittelland Canal, led since 1915, in a trough bridge over the Weser Valley and about 13 m lower Weser. Here, the central part of the Mittelland Canal crosses a navigable from south to north navigable river. Since 1998, the shipping traffic has been running on the parallel constructed new bridge.
September 22, 2015
At the beginning of the 20th century, the Prussian state saw the need to create a waterway connection between the Rhine, Weser and Elbe and thus a west-east waterway north of the low mountain range. The Prussian ministerial director and hydraulic engineer Leo Sympher was commissioned to take over the planning for this. As a result, on April 1, 1905, the law on the construction of the Mittelland Canal was passed under the name "Rhein-Weser Canal" from the Dortmund-Ems Canal in the west to Hanover in the east. The construction was completed by 1916 despite considerable difficulties in the First World War. On December 5, 1920 it was decided to continue the canal eastwards to the Elbe. In addition to the economically necessary inland waterway, consideration of job creation in an economically difficult environment also played an increasing role in planning and construction. Leo Sympher left the active service at this point.
The first bridge, which opened in 1915, was supplemented in 1998 by a second bridge with a larger profile in order to enable the new, larger, large motor ships. From this point on, the old bridge will only be used by pleasure boats; Commercial shipping will only take place over the new bridge. The city of Minden entered the old canal bridge in 1987 in its list of monuments as a memorial to the cityscape.
February 10, 2017
Since 1915, the waterway cross has created a connection between the Mittelland Canal and the Weser, which runs here 13 m below the canal. Two trough bridges cross the Weser valley, several locks and connecting channels enable the ascent and descent.
More info: de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wasserstra%C3%9Fenkreuz_Minden
June 21, 2020
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