Nusle Bridge

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Nusle Bridge
Praha Nuselsky most a Corinthia Towers.jpg
Nusle Bridge with Corinthia Towers hotel
Official name Nuselský most
Carries 6 lanes of roadway, 2 tracks of Prague Metro Line C, pedestrians
Crosses Nusle Valley
Locale Prague
Design prestressed concrete hollow box haunched cantilever bridge
Total length 485 metres (1,591 ft)
Width 26.5 metres (87 ft)
Longest span 115.5 metres (379 ft)
Clearance below 42.5 metres (139 ft)
Construction begin 1967
Opened 22 February 1973
Coordinates 50°03′57″N 14°25′50″E / 50.065844°N 14.430483°E / 50.065844; 14.430483Coordinates: 50°03′57″N 14°25′50″E / 50.065844°N 14.430483°E / 50.065844; 14.430483

Nusle Bridge (Czech: Nuselský most) is a prestressed concrete viaduct in Prague, passing over the district of Nusle in Prague 4. It spans the Nusle Valley and connects the Pankrác district and south-eastern parts of the city, as well as the D1 motorway with the central part of the city. Below the six-lane highway on the surface, the section of Prague Metro Line C between I.P. Pavlova and Vyšehrad stations runs inside the bridge. Construction began in 1967, and it opened on 22 February 1973.

The bridge is crucial to Prague's transportation network, since almost all north-south traffic flows across its span.[1] The bridge also has a darker side, garnering the nickname "Suicide bridge" due to the number of suicides and attempted suicides since its completion.[2] To prevent further suicides, the city erected tall chain link fence railings along the sidewalks in 1997. In 2007, the fencing was topped off with a 3-foot-wide strip (0.91 m) of polished metal to make it impossible to climb.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cameron, Rob (7 November 2003). "Nusle Bridge: Concrete Giant Which Fell Victim to Politics of Cold War". Insight Central Europe. Retrieved 24 January 2008. 
  2. ^ "New Protections on the "Suicide Bridge"". A/B/C Prague. 17 May 2007. Retrieved 9 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "New Railing on the 'Suicide Bridge' Can't Be Climbed Over". A/B/C Prague. 16 August 2007. Retrieved 24 January 2008. 


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