The new Prague City Council leadership has decided to restore rather than
tear down Libeňský most, a dilapidated bridge built in 1928, Prague Lord
Mayor Zdeněk Hřib (Pirates) has announced.
The previous Prague City Council leadership had backed demolishing Libeň Bridge but suspended a final decision following protests from conservationists, architects and engineers, among others.
Libeňský most was blocked to traffic for nearly two months to carry out emergency repairs early this year.
The concrete bridge is the longest one in Prague. It was designed by architects Pavel Janák and František Mencl in the Cubist style and opened to the public on April 29, 1928 for the tenth anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia.
The Žďákov Bridge, which runs across South Bohemia’s Orlík Dam, was the longest structure of its kind in the world when it went into operation in the mid-1960s. The audacious construction was inspired in part by the success enjoyed by Czechoslovak architecture and design at the 1958 World’s Fair and reflected a move away from Socialist Realism.
Prague’s leaders have selected the winner of an architectural competition
for a new bridge across the Vltava. The structure is set to connect Dvorce
on the east bank of the river in Prague 4 and Lihovar, which is south of
Smíchov train station on the west bank. The winning design was submitted
by the Tubes and Atelier 6 studios.
The future Dvorecký Bridge will cost around CZK 1 billon, officials say. However, no date has been set for the launch of construction. The architects say they were inspired by Cubism and that the structure should blend in with the banks of the Vltava.
Transport Minister Dan Tok has ordered an inspection of all bridges built
in this country in the period from 1960 to 1980.
The move comes after an inspection of a bridge in Doubí, near Karlovy Vary revealed that it was in much worse condition than previously thought and would have to be pulled down. The bridge was originally slated for reconstruction.
The inspection ordered should start immediately and cover some 1,000 bridges around the country. There are over 18,000 road bridges in the Czech Republic and close to 7,000 rail bridges.
Renovation work on Prague’s Negrelli viaduct will take longer than
planned. Some of the arches in the historical structure, which serves as a
rail bridge across the Vltava, are in a worse state than originally
believed, representatives of the Railway Infrastructure Administration told
Czech Television on Thursday.
Trains ceased using the structure, which dates back to 1850, in July last year. They were due to return in September 2019 but it now appears that April 2020 is a more likely date.
Three tanks have been called to help with the removal of debris from the
demolished footbridge on the Labe River near the town of Nymburk.
The footbridge was pulled down for safety reasons on Friday with large sections of it falling into the river.
The demolition process confirmed the results of an inspection which said the bridge was unsafe both for pedestrians and boat traffic on the river, collapsing much sooner than expected.
The clean-up operation is expected to last for the rest of the week.
A footbridge on the Labe River, near Nymburk has been pulled down for
safety reasons. The footbridge was deemed dangerous both to pedestrians and
boats passing under it and has been closed to traffic since June. The
footbridge had the same construction as that which collapsed in Prague’s
Troja district late last year.
The Labe is a busy waterway which connects the cities of Melnik, Nymburk and Kolin with Berlin and the Baltic Sea. There is no alternative waterway. Work on clearing up the debris of the demolished bridge is expected to last until August 12.