The Railway Bridge in Linz was completed in 1900 after three years of con- struction. At that time it was the most modern bridge in the Habsburg mon- archy due to its construction of iron girders and rivet joints. The remarkable and despite of several restorations nearly untouched character of the bridge led to a landmarked status of the construction in 2003. When concerns about a successful restoration in therms of corrosion, costs and further utilization of its owner, the ÖBB, occurred, a permission to demolish the bridge was given in 2013 in spite of its status as a monument. Upcoming protests led to a referendum whether the bridge should or should not be conserved. When the majority of the inhabitants of Linz voted for the bridges destruction, it was shut down for traffic in 2016 and the demolition of the monument started a few days later. By illustrating the history of the bridge, urban development and traffic plan - ning of Linz, the thesis should give a possible solution for the theorethical preservation of the railway bridge in Linz.