Starý most (Bratislava)
Starý most (English: Old Bridge) was the bridge over the river Danube in Bratislava, Slovakia. The 460 meter long bridge includes a wooden pathway for pedestrians, a two-lane road and railway track, connecting unspoiled historic Bratislava with Petržalka. The bridge was closed for cars since 2009 and for buses since 14 May 2010. Since 2 December 2013 it is also closed for pedestrian and bicycle traffic as bridge being deconstructed since last week of November. At the time of its closure it was the oldest still-standing bridge in Bratislava.
The bridge is to be replaced by a new bridge, which will serve pedestrians, cyclists and trams by late 2015.
Formerly, the bridge was called Most Červenej armády (i.e. Red Army Bridge), Štefánikov most, Ferenc József híd and Franz Josef Brücke.
Aside from short-lived wooden bridges before the 19th century, which were often damaged or destroyed by floods and frost, the first bridge in Bratislava was a pontoon bridge, which was built in 1825, standing somewhere around Koronázási domb tér or Krönungshügel platz (today's Ľudovít Štúr square). It lasted until 1891, when a new steel bridge called Franz Josephs Brücke (Franz Joseph Bridge), was opened, which was part of the railroad track Bratislava-Szombathely. It was built by Gábor Baross' order. During the first Czechoslovak republic (1918 - 1938) it was called Štefánikov most (Štefánik Bridge). During World War II the steel part of the bridge was destroyed, but the stone pillars survived. After the liberation of Bratislava by Soviet troops in 1945, the Red Army and German prisoners-of-war rebuilt the bridge. Although it was meant only as a temporary solution, it still stands today due to the lack of funds.
On January 1, 2009 city of Bratislava closed bridge to motor vehicles except buses because of problems with statics and on May 15, 2010 also for buses, pedestrians and cyclist. Bridge was reopened to cyclist and pedestrians few months later after road for cars was removed and remained opened until 8:00 AM on 2 December 2013 when it was closed for all traffic again due to its deconstruction which started in late November 2013.
The bridge is to be replaced by a new one for pedestrians, cyclists and trams, as part of new tram track to Petržalka. The old toll houses on both sides (one now serving as a restaurant, another as a museum) will be retained.
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