Increase in international traffic prompts need for HUF 28.6 billion bridge in Komárom

The Hungarian government has dedicated funds to the construction of a new bridge over the Danube to facilitate traffic and aid regional development

The National Infrastructure Development Co. Ltd., in charge of the new tension-cable bridge that crosses the Danube in Komárom, has announced that the middle part of what will eventually be a 600-meter-long bridge is now under construction. 

First started in November of 2017, the bridge’s pylon is missing only three elements and is set to be complete in November, reaching nearly 95 meters in height and weighing 2,400 tons. Back in the summer of 2018, the first three elements for the bridge’s steel track structure were raised, with each weighing 165 tons. There will be a total of 37 more such elements (weighing a total of 5,400 tons) when construction is complete. 

The bridge is a one-pillar, slanted cable bridge with steel track plate, and is the only one of its kind outside of Canada.

The two-lane road over the Danube will include a bike path, pedestrian walkway, and lighting. The bridge should be quite a sight lit up at night due to the structure of its pylon and cables.

Komárom does already have the Elizabeth Bridge, which connects it with Révkomárom (Komarno). But it has deteriorated significantly due to the spike in international traffic, and a weight restriction had to thus be introduced. This bridge was renovated in the mid-2000s, but with a limit of 22 tons, heavier freight trucks can only cross the Danube by traveling some 50 kilometers out of the way – to bridges at Vámosszabadi-Medve or Esztergom-Štúrovo. This new bridge will thus greatly aid development in the area by facilitating such traffic. 

The project will cost a total of EUR 91.2 million, or about HUF 28.6 billion, 85% of which has come from EU funding.

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