Apollo Bridge - Bratislava

The Apollo Bridge project has a long history. The site was chosen in 1976 and, with some minor changes, construction work was to begin in 2000. A suitable site for the bridge was found in an undeveloped area on the Danube’s left bank and a flat section on the Petržalka side. The bridge is strategically important for Bratislava’s development.

A survey of the current traffic situation and projections for roadway traffic flows in the capital through 2035 confirmed the new bridge’s inevitability. Had the bridge not been built, it was anticipated that traffic would have become unbearable by 2010, with overloaded roads, jams at intersections, a high accident rate, increased emissions and noise, etc.

The left bank side of the bridge links to Košická Street and the adjacent streets in a relatively compact area. On the Petržalka side, the city traffic network connects at an intersection with access ramps leading to a highway system offering access to other bridges on the southern side.

The Apollo Bridge is located between the Starý most and Pristavný most Bridges. Such an excellent site enabled almost perpendicular bridging, thus achieving the shortest possible span. On both ends, the bridge connects to the existing transport network. By virtue of its form, its colourful materials and its efficient illumination, the Apollo Bridge has become an attractive element of the cityscape. Including access ramps, the bridge is 854 m long and 32 m wide. The Danube riverbed, 300 meters wide at this point, is spanned by an arch-shaped steel structure 231 meters long and 36 meters in height. The main bridge structure sits on two supports, the one closer to the Petržalka side being sunk in the riverbed 40 meters from the bank. A new road was built from Dolnozemská Street, via the bridge, to the Mlynské Nivy – Košická – Prievozská intersection. This road is 1,853 meters long.

Funding for the structure was secured by means of a loan from the European Investment Bank in Luxembourg in the amount of EUR 45 million, and additional funds were secured from the state budget and the future owner. This funding model was approved in Government Decree no. 241 of 15 March 2001. Total construction costs amounted to SKK 4.3 billion.

Currently, Bratislava’s fifth bridge over the Danube helps provide for intra-city traffic and plays a major social role as a defining element of the city centre.