On New Year's Day 2012, Belgrade opened the record-breaking, EBRD-funded Ada Bridge. The new structure will improve the city's public transport and connectivity.
On 1 January 2012, thousands of citizens rushed to cross the new Ada Bridge in Belgrade. With its 200-metre tall needle-shaped pylon in the middle, the asymmetrical structure has already become a landmark feature of the Serbian capital, representing a modern international city.
The sheer dimensions of the bridge are impressive: it extends 376m over the Sava River and overall the bridge deck is 954m long, including the approach roads. Its main span was constructed with a total of 8,600 tons of bridge construction steel and is supported by 80 stay cables made out of a further 1,280 tons of steel.
Construction started back in 2008 with a €130 million loan from the EBRD. Until now, the different parts of the Serbian capital had been relatively isolated. The historic attractions of the city centre are on one side of the Sava River while New Belgrade with its many business headquarters and an important residential area lies on the other side.
Improving transport and connectivity
The new bridge over the Sava will considerably improve inner city transport. Apart from a three-lane motorway and a pedestrian and cycle lane on each side, the bridge also incorporates a two-track rail line in the middle.
This will be used by trams at first, but can potentially also accommodate higher capacity urban rail.
Three lifts in the middle of the bridge will help pedestrians and cyclists access the recreational areas on Ada Ciganlija Island, situated in the middle of the river.
The bridge has been a major attraction since the start of the new year, filling up with cars and people excited to set foot on their new city landmark.
Connecting people is only one of many positive aspects of the Ada Bridge. The new traffic route will also ease national and international trade and the transport of goods over the Sava River.