Tiszavirag Pedestrian Bridge, Szolnok

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Tiszavirág híd is a pedestrian and cyclist bridge in Szolnok, Hungary on the Tisza river.HistoryThe project was completed under the program called „Szolnok, the Capital of Tisza”. The European Union supported the HUF 5 billion project by 1.5 billion forint, of which 2 billion forints went to the bridge and the new decorative square at the northern end of the bridge, which was assigned to Közgép Zrt. The bridge was meant to be the new landmark of the county town. The bridge has a shape resembling a mayfly or "tiszavirág" in Hungarian.The bridge weighs 550 tons and is 444 meters long, which makes it the longest pedestrian bridge in Central Europe. It was officially inaugurated on 21 January 2011.Laying the Foundation StoneThe foundation stone of the bridge was laid on August 9, 2009. The foundation stone was in fact a time capsule which contained not only that day's newspapers and some CDs but also the brief messages of the passers-by.The ConstructionGroundwork began at the end of September 2009. By the end of December, the right-bank deep foundation of the bridge was completed but due to the unusually cold winter and the flood, works had to be suspended on site. The bridge structure was made in Budapest and in lack of time it was also assembled there which made the 390-ton steel structure incapable of being transported on the road. Therefore, the whole structure was put on two barges that transported it first down to Titel, Serbia and then upstream on the Tisza back to Szolnok; this meant a total route of 500 river kilometers. The bridge components were sent off from Budapest on 23 July 2010 and – after some waiting at Szeged due to the high water levels – arrived in Szolnok on August 17. Thus, the inauguration originally planned for September 1 had to be postponed. The technical delivery and acceptance started on November 29 and it should have been delivered to the public on December 17 but this deadline could not be met, either.
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  • It is vey modern, yet the flor construction is unsuitable for a bridge. Evening is shinning in light, that is more attraction.  more »
  • My husband and me visited Szolnok in winter so the weather was a bit cold and windy. We walked over this unusual-shaped bridge towards Tiszaliget. It's nice and has a good view over the river Tisza...  more »
  • beautiful pedestrian bridge over the Tisza
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