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Helmut Kern, representing the building owner, had the honour crossing first the Koehbrand by feet; he paid 10 silver-coins to the foreman, who had to polish his shoes as a kindness, following an old rule.
The cable-stayed fan arrangement bridge, with a totally length of 3940 m, lays on 75 pillars; the main span is about 325 m with a totally crossing height of 53 m. 88 cables are holding the main deck of 13,5m width, hanging on two 135 m pillars.
The cable had to be changed after 4 years because of corrosion: 17 million German Marks!
Today 30.000 vessels are crossing the landmark of Hamburg, the "Koehlbrand bridge", which is half of the traffic of Golden-Gate-Bridge.