Bridge Update, September 2013

Here’s your update on Regensburg’s Stone Bridge (Steinerne Brücke) situation. As always, click a picture below to embiggen it if you like.

Compared to earlier status reports, it looks like we have major progress to report on the section leading from the middle of the bridge down to the Oberer Wöhrd. Maybe they’ll be able to chuck that ugly metal staircase before long.

Facing west, toward Alte Linde and the Oberer Wöhrd
Facing west, toward Alte Linde and the Oberer Wöhrd

But what’s this? The supports down near the water level on the downstream side all have a couple of big holes dug into them and a pile of stones resting on them. It’s hard to see in the pictures, but I think the stones are numbered. Perhaps so they can be put back? And what if we get another flood scare between now and then?

Facing north from the south end of the bridge — what are they doing to the supports?
Facing north from the south end of the bridge — what are they doing to the supports?

5 thoughts on “Bridge Update, September 2013”

  1. shoreacres

    “Embiggen”? That has to be your sense of humor – I don’t know much German at all, but that one looks suspicious!As for the holes in the supports – if any public officials disappear at the same time they’re filled up… Well, just saying. ;-)

    1. Steven

      Embiggen is a Simpsons reference, but I think it matches his sense of humor anyway.I took similar pictures yesterday of all the holes dug into the support structures of the bridge, and I had the same thoughts about the numbered stones. It’s very strange-looking, though.

    2. cliff1976

      I heard it from my super-funny wife — can’t take credit it for it. She also introduced me to one of my now-favorite verbs, “to slicken.”

      To make it really German-sounding, I’d go with “verbiggen.” “Ver-” as a prefix does unpredictable things to the meaning of the stem, and therefore it keeps me on my toes.

      Those holes in the bridge supports ARE kind of oddly people-sized!

  2. Mom

    Looks like a Hoffa search to me. Was he known to frequent the city?

    Love,
    Mom

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