A major strategic bridge in the West Eifel region of Germany, linking the Frankfurt area and Belgian and Dutch ports, has recently been completed – including robust acrylic sheet wind barriers.

The original proposal for this, one of the largest bridges in Germany, was first made some thirty years ago. However, construction of the Hochmoselbrücke (High Moselle Bridge) didn’t actually commence until 2012. The 1.7km long steel box beam, four lane bridge crosses the river Moselle at a maximum height of around 160 metres supported by ten monolithic concrete pylons varying between 15 and 150m tall.

Pictured: the Hochmoselbrücke during construction.

A key part of the project is a sound/wind barrier for traffic crossing the bridge. Manufacture of this element of the barrier was awarded to our customer Akripol, part of the G4 Group, a leading Slovenian company for producing and processing polymers and cast acrylic sheets.

Discussions about the project were ongoing for a couple of years before the project started. The final decision was made just a few weeks before the start of production of the required components and it was quite an intense time for Akripol. Assembly of the acrylic sheets finally started in May this year and the bridge was opened for public traffic in November.

Throughout the tendering process, the company was acutely aware that it was an extremely high-profile public project in Germany with correspondingly strict technical requirements. It was therefore doubly rewarding Akripol team’s professionalism was recognised.

Melita Plantariĉ, Sales Specialist at Akripol, says:

“Although this was to be a road traffic wind barrier, the strength requirements were to be as high as those demanded for a railway line. We said that this was not an obstacle for Akripol, we could do it and we did. It took lots of tests, checking and monitoring from an independent testing institution which is unusual for a project of this type. But in the end, we  successfully produced and delivered the required barrier components.”

The extended team, numbering more than 30 people within Akripol who have been involved, are understandably proud of being part of this prestigious project, meeting the particularly demanding German technical requirements and see it as the best testimonial the business could have – a project done, as it should be, ‘by the book’.