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Exterheide viaduct

Foto: Die westliche Talbrücke wurde zuerst abgerissen. Hier werden die Pfähle eingebracht. Die östliche Talbrücke steht und kann weiterhin befahren werden. Nach Fertigstellung des westlichen Neubaus wird die östliche Brücke erneuert.
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Company FRANKI Grundbau GmbH & Co. KG
Principal Max Bögl Stiftung GmbH
Location Tecklenburg - Germany
Type Specialist civil engineering
Runtime 07.2016 - 06.2017

Foundation of bridge piers and abutments for a new motorway bridge

FRANKI carried out the foundation work for the bridge piers and abutments for the west bridge on the A1 motorway near Lengerich in North-Rhine Westphalia during replacement building of the Exterheide viaduct. About 600 FRANKIPILES NG® with a diameter of 61 cm and pile-driving depths of up to 20 metres were manufactured in two construction stages in tight space conditions. The old viaduct built in 1966 had been built on FRANKIPILE foundations.

The foundation soil presented a special challenge. The types of soil, their quality and thickness vary greatly. The fills included clays and silts with partly rather rigid but sometimes only mushy consistency. Underneath these are load-bearing sands or semi-solid to solid marl clay which the FRANKIPILES NG® were set into. The groundwater is also under pressure due to the valley cut in the water-bearing sand layer.

To check the load-bearing capacity, test piles were manufactured in the sand and marl clay in advance, and the static test loads carried out one month later. Since the load-bearing capacity was confirmed, pile-driving work then started immediately, and were able to be completed for one direction in June 2016 including interruptions which had been planned in advance.

Near one abutment, CMC pillars were used in addition, made by BVT DYNIV®. A dynamic test load is carried out on every second structural axis to check the load-bearing capacity of the structural piles. After completion of the west bridge, traffic diversion and demolition of the east bridge, the second construction stage began.