Reutte gets the World’s Longest Suspension Footbridge
What the Leaning Tower is to Pisa, St. Stephen’s Cathedral to Vienna, and the Brandenburg Gate to Berlin, the world’s longest suspension footbridge will soon be to the small town of Reutte. With a proposed length of 403 meters, the bridge will surpass the current record holder in Japan, which has a span of 390 meters. The Reutte suspension bridge will also be twice as long as the one in Holzgau (Tirol), which is Austria’s longest suspension bridge at the moment.
After months of negotiations and talks, the town of Reutte, the castle association and the tourist board finally found an investor for the approx. €1.8 Million suspension bridge project.
The bridge, which is designed to be open year-round, will link the Ehrenberg Castle Ruins with Fort Claudia. The highest point of the suspension bridge will be 110 meters above sea level, and is located at the “Klause” (hermitage). The open-grid steel deck will be 1.2 meters wide and will be supported by vertical suspender cables with a diameter of 60mm each. The main cables are attached to the ground via 17-meter long rock anchors. The dead load of the structure will be 77 tons. At night the footpath will be lit with LED spotlights that are integrated into the handrail. The bridge will have a maximum capacity of 500 persons at any one time. Turnstiles at each end will regulate access to bridge and act as control devices. The height difference between the abutments will be 10 meters; the maximum gradient under full load will be 12.5 percent.
A vista point for photos is planned on the remnants of a cannon battery. Located close to the suspension bridge, the vista point will offer spectacular views of Ehrenberg and the valley. A footpath will be built from the bridge abutment at Fort Claudia to the vista point and on along the historic defensive wall to Fort Claudia where it will connect with the existing hiking trail to form a loop.
Tickets can be purchased either at the castle ruins’ visitor center or at ticket vending machines. The European Castle Ruin Association will be responsible for the administrative management.
Presently, the relevant documents, advisory opinions and official statements are being prepared for submittal at the district commission and the town of Reutte. If all goes according to plan, Strabag, the general contractor selected by the investor, expects to open the suspension footbridge mid 2014. Visitors can be looking forward to experiencing the thrill of walking across the world’s longest suspension footbridge.
TVB Naturparkregion Reutte