Pedestrian Bridge over Dortmund-Ems Canal in Münster, Germany

In Münster, a pedestrian and cycle bridge must be replaced. What is special here is the elegant structure spanning the Dortmund-Ems Canal in a smooth arc. A very interesting structure!

The bridge, which crosses the Dortmund-Ems Canal in the city of Münster, is a part of the city's Way of the Cross. Since the canal must be widened, the existing bridge structure no longer meets the requirements in terms of width and structure gauge for inland water transport.


The design of the new bridge is characterized primarily by an inclined exterior truss. The single-span steel structure has a span length of almost 273 ft. The new truss bridge, which has an asymmetrical cross-section, not only meets all new demands, but its design also exudes a touch of elegance.

The main truss lying on the top is an irregular Warren truss. The struts consist of welded open cross-sections, and the top chord consists of a round tube section. For aesthetic reasons, the strut sections are not reduced towards the center of the bridge. The structure is manufactured with a precamber to counteract the expected deflections of the bridge.

The Dlubal customer GRBV Ingenieure im Bauwesen GmbH & Co. KG was responsible for the structural engineering, using RSTAB (steel bridge) and RFEM (concrete abutments). With this bridge design, a worthy structure has been created to replace the old one, fitting harmonically into the cityscape.

Way of the Cross
48145 Münster, Germany
Investor Wasserstraßen- und Schifffahrtsamt Westdeutsche Kanäle, Rheine, Germany
Planning and Structural Engineering GRBV Ingenieure im Bauwesen GmbH & Co. KG

Project Specifications

Model data

Number of Nodes 202
Number of Lines 338
Number of Members 338
Number of Surfaces 0
Number of Solids 0
Number of Load Cases 63
Number of Load Combinations 3
Number of Result Combinations 23
Total Weight 224.943 tons
Dimensions 283.52 x 17.66 x 15.62 feet

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