Branko's Bridge

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Branko's Bridge
Бранков мост
Brankov most
Branko's Bridge in Belgrade by night.JPG
Branko's bridge at night
Official name Бранков мост (Brankov most)
Total length 450 m
Longest span 261 m
Opened 1957
Daily traffic 90,000 vehicles

Branko's bridge (Serbian: Бранков мост/Brankov most) is the second-largest bridge (after Gazela) of Belgrade, Serbia, connecting the city center with New Belgrade across Sava river.

King Aleksandar bridge

The bridge was built in 1957,[1] replacing the former chain-stayed King Aleksandar I (built by the Société de Construction des Batignolles) bridge that was opened on December 16, 1934 and blown up in 1941.[2] The bridge actually uses lower parts of the former bridge's pylons (decorated by Ivan Meštrović in Serbo-Byzantium style) as outer constraints for its two secondary spans. It has dual carriageway with three lanes in both directions; actually, it consists of two separate constructions in each direction, and the second was finished in 1979. It is 450 m long, made as continuous steel box girder, with central span of 261 m and side spans of 81.5 m each. It is crossed by nearly 90,000 vehicles daily, and traffic congestions are frequent.[3]

German company MAN is behind the original project of the bridge. Belgrade-based "Mostprojekt" company executed the project of doubling the bridge capacity in the 1970s. Head of the project team was Danilo Dragojević.[4]

Bicycle elevator on the Old Belgrade bank of Sava river

The name of the bridge is unofficial, and seems to owe it to a bizarre chain of events. Its official name during the communist rule was "Brotherhood and unity bridge" (Most bratstva i jedinstva), but that name never caught up: it was called "bridge in Branko's street" (named after Branko Radičević, Serbian romanticist poet) or "Savski most" (Sava bridge). However, when another writer, Branko Ćopić, committed a suicide by jumping from the bridge in 1984, the current name started circulating and eventually caught up; it is still not clear after which Branko it was named.[5][6]

Panoramic view from Branko's Bridge

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  1. ^ "Arhiv: 16. decembar" (in Serbian). Danas. 2003-12-16. 
  2. ^ "Twentieth Century - Innovations in Belgrade (1930-1950)". Serbia-info.com. 
  3. ^ "Cevovod na Brankovom mostu". Direkcija za građevinsko zemljište i izgradnju Beograda. 2006-08-02. 
  4. ^ "Malo ih je, ali su značajni" (in Serbian). 2008-01-14. 
  5. ^ "Brankov most" (in Serbian). 
  6. ^ "Sporno ime mosta" (in Serbian). 2000-02-21. 

Coordinates: 44°48′53″N 20°26′54″E / 44.81472°N 20.44833°E / 44.81472; 20.44833