The construction of bicycle bridges over Lake Tisza between Poroszló and Tiszafüred is proceeding according to schedule, and the bicycle path connecting Tiszafüred with Poroszló should be complete and ready for use in June. People will then be able to safely cycle around the entire Tisza Lake and over it as well.
Bicyclists will be able to travel along a path around the lake, separate from vehicle traffic, via a small circle of 70 kilometers or a larger circle of 95 kilometers.
The investment covers two bridges – one over the lake itself and one over the flushing channel – plus an additional 6.5-kilometer cycle path connecting the two towns. The bridge over the Tisza is considered the most spectacular part of the project, spanning 280 meters in length and featuring an arched main girder of steel that weighs 350 tons. “The architect had to design a lightweight, landscape-friendly structure,” said Boglárka Kiss, the spokesperson of investor Nemzeti Infrastruktúra Fejlesztő Zrt.
This development will also be part of the international EuroVelo 11 route, which crosses Hungary from Szeged to the northern tip of Zemplén, stretching along a significant part of the Tisza. So the new path will not only be for recreational cycling on the weekends but for year-round cycling tourism as well. In addition to the popular Balaton circle, this project will make Lake Tisza a top destination for cyclists.
Máriusz Révész, the government commissioner responsible for “Active Hungary,” said that the investment will allow Lake Tisza to become more popular for bicycling enthusiasts, as, thanks to the new bridges, it will now be safer and more pleasant to bicycle around the lake. The number of cyclists visiting the area has tripled in the last three years, with 58,000 cyclists counted at Kisköre in 2019.
Hungary’s Ministry of Innovation and Technology, along with Nemzeti Infrastruktúra Fejlesztő Zrt., funded the construction, worth a total of HUF 3.1 billion.