City Hall approves Troja footbridge

The replacement will be a provisional bridge with an asymmetrical design

A provisional footbridge will be built next year linking Císařský ostrov and Troja, to replace the one that collapsed at the end of 2017. A ferry is now serving the route used by people going from Stromovka park to Prague Zoo.

Prague City Hall will list a tender for the construction of a new footbridge. The City Council also approved compensation for the people who were injured in the collapse of the original bridge.

The bridge will serve for pedestrians and cyclists, and can be used by emergency vehicles.

The temporary bridge will last up to 30 years. It is designed as an asymmetric structure supported by a steel circular beam and should be six to seven meters wide.

Four people were injured when the original bridge fell, two seriously. The city is now dealing with their compensation.

City Councilor Hana Marvanová (United Force for Prague) said that the city would compensate the victims through an insurance company.

“They will not have to wait until the investigation of this misfortune ends and the culprit is known. It would take too long,” she said on Twitter. The cause of the bridge collapse has not been determined.

The Troja footbridge collapsed Dec. 2, 2017. An examination of the bridge in 2014 showed that corrosion of the steel support cables had weakened the bridge. In 2011, the last time the bridge was repaired, engineers said it had between five and seven years of use left.

The bridge, designed by architect Jiří Stráský, was completed in 1984. It replaced a bridge that was destroyed in a flood in 1981.

The collapse of the Troja footbridge drew attention to the overall condition of bridges in the city. Almost one-fifth of the 700 bridges in Prague were found to be in poor, very poor or emergency condition, according to a report submitted to City Hall’s Transportation Committee by the Technical Administration of Roadways (TSK) in January.

Since then, Libeňský most was temporarily shut down until it could be propped up. The new City Hall administration favors repairing the original bridge, which has a unique modern design.

Hlávkův most also is in need of repair, though it is not in as bad a shape as Libeňský most.

At the end of October, an overpass next to the Vltavska metro stop was also found to be in emergency condition and has been temporarily supported from beneath until it can be repaired or replaced.

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