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Listed (and only!) Lifting bridge in Oldenburg from 1927. At temperatures above 30 degrees the bridge operation is stopped.
Unfortunately, there are plans of the responsible water and shipping office to demolish the bridge :(
Further information …
June 4, 2017
Due to technical problems at higher temperatures, the Cecilia Bridge has been closed to traffic since July 6, 2019. Pedestrians and cyclists can continue to cross the bridge in their 1/2 raised position by means of ramps. The suspension is expected to last until 28 September 2019.
July 29, 2019
The lift bridge was built in its present form in 1927 on the site of an older Cecilia bridge from 1832. A hoist raises the road by 3.50 meters with machinery and steel cables to allow the passage of ships. Pedestrians and cyclists can pass the raised bridge by stairs. Until the 18th century, there was a natural ford at this point, which connected today's district of Easter castle with the city center.
August 26, 2019
The old "Cäci" (as it is affectionately called by locals) is currently. Out of service. It is being rebuilt and it will probably take some time. Currently Is the middle part removed and the view from the makeshift bridge (mandatory sliding for bikes!) Towards the city harbor has something ... plan more time. But it's always worth it!
July 28, 2020
Cecilia BridgeLift bridge over the Hunte or the coastal canal in Oldenburg
The Cäcilienbrücke was a lift bridge over the Hunte or the coastal canal in Oldenburg. It was built in 1927 in place of an older Cecilia Bridge from 1832. It was taken out of service in April 2020. At the moment (as of November 2020) only the four bridge towers are still standing. The Cäcilienbrücke is to be replaced by a successor by 2025. In operation, it connects the city center with the Easter castle district.
Cäcilienbrücke and State Archives on the rightThe bridge as well as the Oldenburg lock was operated by the Bremen Waterways and Shipping Office as a machine facility with importance for ship traffic.
May 28, 2021
At the site of the Cecilia Bridge, which was used until 2020, there was a ford until the 18th century, which made it possible to cross the Hunte. The dam, after which the western access road is named, used to be a stick dam in the middle of the boggy marshland that surrounded Oldenburg. The road was part of a trade route that led from Westphalia via Oldenburg to Bremen and strengthened the city's role as a trading center.
The construction of a wooden bridge on the dam is recorded for the year 1752. Grand Duke Paul Friedrich August had the bridge expanded into a stone arch construction in 1832 and named it after his wife Cäcilie von Sweden. In addition to the bridge, the Cäcilienschule Oldenburg is named after her.
May 28, 2021
With the construction of the coastal canal in the 1920s, the Hunte had to be navigable for large ships up to 600 gross tons, so there was a need for a higher bridge. Since this was not possible under the given structural conditions, the state of Oldenburg decided to build a lifting bridge. The bridge was built by Adolf Rauchheld, the master builder of the Oldenburg government at the time, in the style of brick expressionism . In 1927, in the same year as the similar old Amalienbrücke, the Cecilia Bridge was completed and was temporarily the largest lift bridge in Europe. The Oldenburg trolleybus also ran over the bridge. 
Towards the end of the Second World War, the road was blasted to make it more difficult for the Allied troops to cross the Hunte. It was then rebuilt and has been fully restored since 1948. The steel and electrical engineering trades were assigned to the MAN plant in Gustavsburg.
May 28, 2021
In February 2013, the responsible water and shipping authority declared at a meeting of the transport committee of the city of Oldenburg that it intended to demolish the bridge and replace it with a completely new structure. The office justified the project with the fact that both the masonry and the foundation as well as the lifting mechanism of the listed bridge show severe damage, which makes renovation impossible for safety and cost reasons. Despite the monument protection, a completely new bridge has to be built, which should stylistically “quote” its brick expressionist predecessor.
Construction work was scheduled to begin in 2017.  In April 2018, the end of the planning approval procedure was planned for the second half of 2018 and the start of construction in 2020 at the earliest. The design presented for this by the Hamburg architect Joachim Kahl refers in its design to the previous construction. [
May 28, 2021
In the summer of 2018, the lifting of the bridge for shipping had to be stopped for 80 days because the superstructure expands too much in the heat and affects the lifting mechanism. From July to the end of September 2019, the bridge was closed to car traffic because the lifting mechanism did not work due to the dilapidation at temperatures above 20 degrees Celsius. In order to guarantee ship traffic, the bridge was raised by 1.60 m and was only passable for bicycles and pedestrians via a ramp.
May 28, 2021
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