Fate of Prague’s Libeň Bridge Still Unknown

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via Wikimedia / Karelj

If you’ve been following local news in Prague over the past few months, you know that the city’s Libeň Bridge, which connects Holešovice in Prague 7 to Libeň in Prague 8, has been a hot topic.

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After a pedestrian footbridge collapsed in Troja last year, a the city undertook a technical reassessment of many of its major bridges.

That led to the what many had already knew: Prague’s Libeň Bridge, which was unveiled in 1928 and has never undergone repairs, was in bad condition. So bad, in fact, that all traffic across the bridge was immediately halted.

But that was back in January. Four months later, and the bridge remains closed, it’s fate still up in the air. Despite several publicized discussions, city officials have failed to come to a decision on what to do with it.

According to the Czech Chamber of Chartered Engineers and Technicians (CKAIT), the Libeň Bridge is in such poor condition that repairs would be fruitless. They recommend building another bridge to replace it, something other organizations have also agreed with.

A replacement bridge currently seems like the solution. But what about the original, considered to be one of the only cubist bridges in the world?

Earlier this year, in a controversial decision, the Czech Ministry of Culture decided that the Libeň Bridge was not a cultural monument, leaving a decision on its fate up to city officials.

Last month, the majority of Prague city councillors voted in favor of demolishing the bridge, but a final decision was never reached.

Councillors were expected to vote again this Thursday, but that vote has been withdrawn from the agenda by Deputy Mayor Petr Dolínek, according to iDnes.cz, citing continued disagreements between politicians and experts.

Will the 90-year-old Libeň Bridge survive the year?

Daniel Lee

Daniel Lee

The versatile Danny Lee has been living in Prague and writing about the Czech capital for the past 15 years. You've probably read his work in the past without even knowing it.
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