Autobahnbrücke Salzburg Nord (Motorway Bridge)

The Autobahnbrücke is one of the bridges over the Salzach River in Salzburg. It can be found in the northern part of the city, not far from the Messezentrum (exhibition venue). As part of the Autobahn, it was constructed under Nazi rules between 1938 and 1941. However, in the last days of the war, the bridge was blown up by the military. Only in 1949, the destructed bridge was fixed up again and the Autobahn was re-opened.

The joy about the Autobahnbrücke lasted for exactly ten years: In 1959, massive floods with a peak of 2100 cubic metres per second destroyed the bridge again. It was re-built in subsequent years; at around the same time, the area around the bridge developed the distinct commercial or industrial features that remain characteristic for the neighbourhood until today. Note for an example the Heizkraftwerk Nord, a caloric power plant. But it is not all industries around the bridge: Just a few steps north of the Autobahnbrücke, you will get into green areas and a gently ascending hill that leads you to the Basilica Maria Plain.

The current Autobahnbrücke is apparently well-reinforced. In 2002, Salzburg was hit by major floods again; this time, the Autobahnbrücke Nord was one of only two bridges that remained accessible for private transport (the other one was the Hellbrunner Brücke far in the south of the city). All other bridges within the city limits were closed for several days.

Further Reading
Autobahnbrücke Nord on the German Wikipedia

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