JAUNTAL BRIDGE, Ruden, Austria
The railway bridge extension project in the municipality of Ruden in Carinthia is being spearheaded by SWIETELSKY Ingenieurtiefbau as a member of a construction consortium. The award has a value of approx. 42.7 million euros. At 430 metres long and 96 metres above the water level of the Drau River, the Jauntal Bridge is one of the highest railway bridges in Europe and will be an integral part of the Koralm Railway. Built in 1961, the bridge’s single-track line will be upgraded to a double-track line to seamlessly connect to the Koralm Railway and will incorporate a walkway and bike trail under the new support structure. The existing bridge piers can be repaired and will subsequently be used for the new construction. The bridge is scheduled to be reopened to rail traffic as early as June 2023.