When the important railway line for the Reußische Oberland was to be built, the planners encountered the usual political difficulties. Resistance came mainly from the population, as this should cede parcels. After decades of delays, a route was finally chosen that meant little political resistance, but a high technical outlay. The numerous valley slopes in the region required many tunnels, bridges and viaducts. The biggest technical challenge was the Ziemestal bridge. Because of the high transport costs to the Ziemestal, stone was out of the question as a building material. Thus, steel was chosen, which at the time was the most modern building material.
In the fall of 1893, work started on the foundations and abutments. A year later, the viaduct was finally completed.