The next pic of the week will most likely be one of the author’s key findings deserving of the Author’s Choice Awards not just because of its unique design, but also because it is located in a small village which it overshadows. The Strassberg Viaduct is a 300 meter long Bowstring Whipple through arch bridge that spans one of the tributaries that empties into the White Elster River in the village bearing its name. This bridge was built in 2007 and replaced a multiple-span concrete arch bridge built in 1874 but was no longer suitable for rail traffic. While the arch viaduct was small and its height was lower than the grain elevators and church which had been the tallest in the village, this bridge is the tallest of the architecture. The bridge was built in time for the village’s 825th anniversary in 2019 and continues to serve rail traffic connecting Gera with Weichlitz via Greiz, Elsterberg and Plauen operated by Erfurter Bahn Services. The photo taken at sundown shows the gigantic size of the structure even overshadowing the stone arch bridge shown in the background. Strassberg itself has five bridges including this one. All of them will be mentioned in the tour guide on the bridges in and around Plauen.
So, stay tuned! 🙂