Hiking trail open again throughout
As of now, the footbridge in the Rappenloch Gorge in Dornbirn is once again open throughout. "In recent weeks, the passage under the bridge construction site has been enclosed and the footbridge renovated. As a result, a safe crossing is possible again; including a spectacular view of the construction site," reports Mayor Dipl.-Vw. Andrea Kaufmann. Previously, the hiking trail was already open on weekends when there was no construction. "For the visitors:inside in the Rappenloch the detour over the bypass road is omitted with the opening of the footbridge, at least in this range", adds Tiefbaustadtrat, vice mayor Markus Fässler. Work on the empty scaffolding for the new bridge is also progressing rapidly. Currently, the formwork is being used to prepare for the subsequent concrete work.
The Rappenloch is not only an important recreational area for the local population and an excursion destination for visitors to the town, the bridge above the gorge is also a core piece of the Ebniterstrasse, which connects Dornbirn with its Walser village. The gorge and the bridge have been badly affected by several rockfalls in recent years. The pioneer bridge built after the first rockfall had to be removed last year and an emergency connection between Dornbirn and Ebnit next to Lake Staufen had to be built. It was also no longer possible to manage Lake Staufen. Restoration work in this area is being carried out as part of an overall project: securing the rock walls, clearing the gorge, rebuilding the Rappenloch bridge and repairing Lake Staufen. The focus of the work is currently taking place. Construction work should be largely completed by spring 2023.
An important stage has been completed with the installation of the falsework over the Rappenloch Gorge. Scaffolding and formwork work is currently taking place so that concreting of the bridge can begin in late summer of this year. At the same time, work on the further clearing and construction of a safe outlet section in the Rappenloch and measures to rehabilitate the Staufensee dams can then be resumed. This will eliminate the danger of flooding in the urban area of Dornbirn, triggered by a sudden flood wave in the bed of the Ache stream, and enable possible management to restore Lake Staufen.