DISMANTLING A BRIDGE,
PIECE BY PIECE
Using a large excavator and a KEMROC cutter wheel
Based in southern Germany, demolition experts Max Wild are involved in a spectacular demolition project. The old Saar Bridge at the Saarlouis autobahn junction has been replaced by a new, modern bridge with a higher capacity. The plan for demolishing the older bridge consisted of breaking it down into sections that could be placed on pontoons and floated to a crushing facility on the riverbank. In order to disconnect the lateral cantilever arms and the concrete slab between the two hollow boxes, the company used one of their 40-ton excavators with a KEMROC cutter wheel attachment.
Demolition work at the huge project of redesigning the Saarlouis autobahn junction provided some very impressive images. At this junction, the BAB 620 and BAB 8 roads branch off and the latter crosses the Saar River towards the city of Dillingen, Saarland (Germany). Demolition of the old bridge started after the four lanes of the new bridge were completely opened in November 2020. The client, the western subsidiary of Autobahn GmbH awarded the contract for the overall project to the consortium Schnorpfeil / SEH. The consortium sub-contracted the difficult demolition work of the old concrete bridge, which was a separate project, to demolition specialists, Max Wild GmbH …