X-TEND suspension bridge in Forchach | Forchach | Austria



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X-TEND suspension bridge in Forchach

Life project allows more space for the Lech

The small community of Forchach with 260 inhabitants in Tyrol is a little pearl at the entrance to the Lechtal. The two sides of the Lech are connected by a well worth seeing suspension bridge. Hikers and cyclists can explore a special art of a bridge.

The old suspension bridge, which has past the best years, was in a desolate condition and has to be renewed after 94 years. Due to flood protection measures, the Lech was reduced to its natural river width. From 60 meters wide to 140 meters. This increases the bank and river dynamics. This measure contributes to a good ecological status in terms of the EU Water Framework Directive. Due to the widening of the bank, the old bridge with its 75 meters was too short. So a new building was necessary.

X-TEND railing infill - transparent and flexible

The new bridge is about twice as long as the old one. The new building is part of the Life project and is barrier-free. Wheelchair users and families with children can now easily cross the Lech. The railing with Carl Stahl ARC stainless steel suspension rope and cable mesh systems offers security and transparency. A total of 262 square meters of X-TEND stainless steel cable mesh were installed, with a mesh size of 40 mm and stainless steel cables with a diameter of 1.5 mm. The mesh fits wonderfully flexibly into the railing - this allows an unobstructed view of the Lech. Over one kilometer of I-SYS suspension ropes with a diameter of 8 mm hold the suspension bridge.

Further bridge projects with X-TEND

  • Marienbrücke, Wernstein am Inn, Austria
  • Pottenstein Höhenlehrpfad Germany
  • Cliff Path Vancouver Canada
  • Gondwanaland suspension bridge Leipzig Germany
  • Project
    Suspension Bridge Forchach, Forchach, Austria
  • Application

    Railing infills and fall protection

  • Products



    262m², ◊ 40 mm, ø 1,5 mm 




    ø 8 mm 

  • Photographer
    Baldauf & Baldauf