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Chain Bridge to Be Closed for Traffic from Wednesday

MTI-Hungary Today 2021.06.15.

The Chain Bridge in downtown Budapest will be fully closed for traffic starting at 4am on Wednesday for renovation works scheduled for 18 months.

Public transport services using the landmark bridge will be rerouted.

Renovation of Chain Bridge Has Finally Begun - Photos!
Renovation of Chain Bridge Has Finally Begun - Photos!

The renovation of the Chain Bridge – Hungary’s oldest bridge across the Danube – which had been delayed for years, finally started this Wednesday, so it will not be possible to walk across the bridge until 2023, Budapest Public Transport Company (BKK) said. The contractor A-Híd Zrt. took over the work area on March 17th, […]Continue reading

According to earlier information from Budapest public transport company BKK, vehicular traffic could restart in December 2022, while pedestrians would only be allowed back on the bridge when the renovation project is complete, in August 2023.

Refurbishment of the bridge will include reconstruction of the central lanes and the pavements, repairs to the steel structures and rails, re-insulation of the chain-chambers and ensuring protection against their being flooded.

The bridge’s iconic lion statues will also be restored and the whole structure will be equipped with a new LED lighting system.

Gov’t and Mayor Karácsony Clash as Traffic Jams Return to Budapest
Gov’t and Mayor Karácsony Clash as Traffic Jams Return to Budapest

Karácsony acknowledged the increased number of traffic jams, asking the citizens of Budapest to be patient.Continue reading

Featured photo by Zoltán Máthé/MTI