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.
A bridge in the southern town of Velké Meziříčí which was slated for
demolition unexpectedly collapsed on Monday evening as workers started a
probe on it. No one was hurt in the accident.
The incident has raised fresh concern regarding the state of Czech bridges and footbridges many of which are in a bad state of disrepair.
A footbridge in Prague’s Troja district collapsed in December of last year, injuring two people and only last week the Czech Water Management Authority ordered a section of the Labe River near Nymburk to be closed to traffic after an inspection of a footbridge revealed it was in such a state of disrepair that it could collapse onto boats passing under it.
A broad inspection has revealed that 23 percent of bridges on the country’s second and third class roads are in very poor condition.
The Labe River, a busy waterway which connects the cities of Melnik,
Nymburk and Kolin with Berlin and the Baltic Sea has had to be closed to
traffic at Nymburk.
The Czech Water Management Office closed a stretch of the waterway to traffic after an inspection revealed that a footbridge over the river was in a critical state of disrepair and could collapse onto traffic passing under it.
It is not yet clear when the footbridge will be pulled down. There is no alternative waterway.
A well-known Prague railway bridge is in line for demolition, the newspaper
Mladá fronta Dnes reported on Thursday. The steel bridge between the
city’s Výtoň and Smíchov districts is in such a poor state that it
cannot be repaired, according to a study commissioned by the Railway
The bridge, which first went into operation in 1872, is a protected structure and may eventually be replaced by a copy, Mladá fronta Dnes said.
Prague City council’s executive committee has backed demolishing the city’s historic Libeň Bridge, a 1928 construction with Cubist elements, rather than opt for renovation. If the plan goes ahead, a new bridge will be built in its place. Proponents argue that saving the original would be almost costly as building a new bridge and will require less maintenance moving forward.
Prague’s Libeň Bridge reopened to cars and trams on Saturday morning. It
had been closed for around a month to all except pedestrians around a month
ago over safety concerns. However, a report by the Technical Administration
of Communications judged that the bridge, which dates from 1928, could be
While the experts said the structure was capable of carrying vehicles of up to 11 tonnes, a limit of 6 tonnes is being imposed.
A footbridge in Prague’s Troja district collapsed in December, injuring four people, two seriously.