Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and his Slovak counterpart Robert Fico laid the cornerstone for a new bridge spanning the Danube between Hungarian town Komárom and Slovakia’s Komárom (Komarno, SK), a historic town on the opposite bank with roughly 60% ethnic Hungarian population.
The new bridge between Hungary and Slovakia is to be built west of the railway bridge to relieve downtown Komárom and Komarno, through which an old bridge funnels traffic. The new bridge will provide direct access from Hungary’s M1 motorway to the border and considerably reduce the noise and environmental pollution of residential areas. The bridge will be constructed by a consortium of Hídépítő and Mészáros and Mészáros, using a budget of 28.6 billion forints (EUR 91.2m). It will be completed in autumn 2019.
“This bridge will be the symbol of the way we protect the outer borders of Europe and keep the inner ones open”, Orbán said at the ceremony. The Visegrád cooperation rests on strong foundations, Viktor Orbán said, because its leaders always think beyond their countries in regional terms, too, he said. “It is our conviction that anyone planning and acting in central Europe will work to the benefit of all four Visegrád countries and of the whole of Europe,” he added.
The new bridge will be Slovakia’s second longest bridge after the Apollo Bridge in the capital, Pozsony (Bratislava, SK). The 600-metre bridge will accommodate one lane of traffic in each direction, and pedestrian and cycle lanes. In addition to street lights, the bridge’s unique structure, pylon and cables will also be illuminated at night. The lower structure of the bridge will have five spans, three of which will be over the river, and the remaining two on the floodplain on the Slovakian side. The pylon will rise to 94.5 metres above road level.
via hungarymatters.hu and MTI; photos: Zoltán Máthé – MTI