Maria Skłodowska-Curie Bridge, Warsaw

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Maria Skłodowska-Curie Bridge
Most Marii Skłodowskiej-Curie
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Maria Skłodowska-Curie Bridge
Carries Motor vehicles, Light rail, Bicycles, Pedestrians
Crosses Vistula River
Locale Warsaw, Poland
Official name Most Marii Skłodowskiej-Curie
Characteristics
Design Beam bridge
Material Steel
Total length 795 metres (2,608 ft)
Longest span 160 metres (520 ft)
Number of spans 10
Clearance below 9 metres (30 ft)
History
Designer Schüßler-Plan Ingenieurgesellschaft GmbH
Construction begin 20 May 2009
Construction end March 2012[1]
Opened 24 March 2012[2]

The Maria Skłodowska-Curie Bridge (Polish: Most Marii Skłodowskiej-Curie) is a bridge over the Vistula River in Warsaw, Poland, linking the northern suburbs of Białołęka and Bielany. The structure actually consists of three parallel bridges, two for motor vehicles and one for light rail, bicycles and pedestrians. The first two parts were opened on March 24, 2012 making it the eighth road bridge in the capital of Poland, and it is now complete with the first tram line launched 21 January 2013.

The construction, started with a sod turning ceremony on 3 June 2009. The work is carried out by Pol-Aqua in cooperation with Spanish group Sando and Kromiss-Bis.[3]

During the design and construction works the bridge was tentatively named the North Bridge due to its most northerly location. The President of Warsaw, Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, announced that she would petition the Warsaw City Council to name the bridge after Pope John Paul II. However, on 1 December 2011 the bridge name was officially changed to Maria Skłodowska-Curie Bridge to honor the Polish double Nobel Prize winner, against the opinions of citizens and District Councils of both Bielany and Białołęka districts.[1]

Location[edit]

The width of the river at the bridge is about 650 metres. On the west bank of the Vistula the bridge forms an extension of Zgrupowania AK "Kampinos" Street, and on the east Obrazkowa Street. This is the second river crossing in Warsaw, after Most Świętokrzyski, which is at ground level on both banks of the river. At Białołęka, the route proceeds on earthen embankments, as well as at Bielany, where the route joins the Wisłostrada, the principal north-south route through central Warsaw. Here, is the most complex intersection in Warsaw. At this point the interchange connects five multi-lane streets, three tramway lines and junctions for local roads.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Most Skłodowskiej, nie Północny" (in Polish). tvn warszawa. 1 December 2011. Archived from the original on 2 December 2011. Retrieved 20 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "Most Północny: Jest pozwolenie na użytkowanie. Otwarcie w weekend". rynekinfrastruktury. 2012-03-23. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "Pol Aqua signs zł.800 million Northern Bridge contract". Warsaw Business Journal. 22 April 2009. Retrieved 2010-01-28. 

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Coordinates: 52°18′26″N 20°57′03″E / 52.30722°N 20.95083°E / 52.30722; 20.95083