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News | Opinions on shape and form of Stary Most bridge differ
Opinions on shape and form of Stary Most bridge differ
Experts are about to decide soon about the new form and shape of Stary Most bridge, which is necessary to reconstruct in connection with construction of a new tram-line to Petrzalka. The municipality wants to choose the best and optimal design.


According to Ing. Tomáš Fabor, the authorized representative of the mayor for traffic issues, the officials do not want to decide about the new nature of Stary Most Bridge, its functions and traffic organization only on theoretical level. “Let the experts submit their proposals and reinforce them with arguments," T. Fabor said in connection with the tender on design of Stary Most bridge reconstruction. On the other hand, they are still waiting for experts’ opinions on the bridge statics.


The most difficult part of construction of the tram-line to Petrzalka will be at the bridge section over Danube. The terrestrial part up to Bosakova Street will have a faster progress, since it only is a matter of laying rail tracks on a formation or elevated road. According to T. Fabor, it is not clear yet what shape and form will Stary Most get at the end. There are various opinions how it should be solved to create its final form and shape, however, the definite one will be known after the particular design proposals have been submitted. Fabor merely suggested there are various alternatives that could be implemented.


One of the alternatives would like to keep the original form and shape of the bridge, in the same manner as the river bridge in Štúrovo was reconstructed some time ago. Another architectural opinion says Novy Most and Apollo bridges are the dominant bridges over Danube. Pristavny Most and Lafranconi bridges are robust and not architectural gems. Therefore, Stary Most bridge could keeps its discretion and functionality in between the two dominant bridges. According to the authorized representative, the third opinion includes only necessary reconstruction.


It is obvious from available material on the city’s history that Stary Most bridge was build in 1889-90 and named after then Austrian Emperor Franz Josef I. Even at this time it was designed for road and railway traffic as well as for pedestrians. The bridge was called Stefanik’s Bridge during the first Czechoslovak Republic and was destroyed to a huge extent during World War II. After Bratislava was seized by Soviet troops in 1945, Red Army had the bridge built as a makeshift arrangement by German prisoners of war. In the socialist era, the bridge was re-named Red Army Bridge, however, the locals never accepted this name.


Source: BN, 12.10.2007