Bridge closed at Vltavska metro stop

Trams and vehicles will be diverted for about a week

The section of the bridge at Bubenská Street in Prague 7, under which trams go to the Vltavska metro station, is closed and tram traffic and vehicles will be diverted for at least a week.

The bridge must be supported due to cracks, according to the Technical Roadways Administration (TSK). The section is part of Hlávkův most, which was already known to be in poor condition.

The TSK is preparing a bridge support. In the meantime, the bridge and space under it will be completely closed.

Trams will not run in the sections from Strossmayerovo náměstí – Vltavská – Dělnická and Těšnov – Vltavská until the bridge is reinforced. Pedestrians will also be blocked from going under the bridge.

“[Tuesday] afternoon, a specialized company officially gave us the results of the last diagnosis of this bridge. Actual measurements show that the fourth segment of the bridge, that is, under which trams run and people go, is in a state of emergency and because of the safety it is necessary to immediately close traffic on the bridge and below it,” TSK Deputy Director Matěj Fichtner said.

“The state of the bridge began to deteriorate rapidly over the past 25 days, and cracks in its construction, which have been closely monitored for months, have begun to grow rapidly and dangerously,” he added. The initial announcement came over Twitter.

Deputy Mayor Petr Dolínek (ČSSD), responsible for transportation, expressed concern to daily Mladá fronta Dnes. “I have asked TSK to make it clear to me that it is a matter of a few days when either the technical situation can be solved or, at least, the bridge is secure enough for the reintroduction of tram and car traffic,” he said, adding that restoring public transit to the area takes priority over restoring car traffic.

Work to get the bridge operational should start right away. “We started to work on the bridge, and we will know the supplier at the latest on Wednesday. … We will try to return trams and cars to the Vltava river at the latest within a week,” TSK CEO Petr Smolka said when the closure was announced.

The section of road in question was built in 1983, and the company that was monitoring the bridge, Pontex, said the section does not match the project documentation, which complicates the repair work.

Tram lines 1 and 25 are diverted through Strossmayerovo náměstí – Maniny via the Výstaviště Holešovice, Nádraží Holešovice and Ortenovo náměstí stops.

Line 12 runs in the direction of the center from the Strossmayerovo náměstí stop via Veletržní palác, Výstaviště Holešovice, Nádraží Holešovice, Ortenovo náměstí and Maniny at Palmovka where it finishes.

The line number 14 in the section Bílá labuť – Palmovka goes via the stops Florenc and Křižíkova.

Cars will also be diverted on two detours.

The Prague Public Transit Company (DPP) will deploy 40 people in reflective vests to inform the public, and information will be on boards.

Information on traffic measures in connection with this emergency situation is also available on the DPP’s Facebook page

The collapse of the pedestrian bridge at Troja in December 2017 brought attention to the condition of Prague's bridges. Many were found to be in poor condition. There is also an ongoing controversy over whether to rebuild or replace the Libeň Bridge (Libeňský most).

Almost one-fifth of 700 bridges in the capital city are in poor, very poor or emergency condition, according to a report submitted in January to City Hall’s Transportation Committee by the TSK.

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