Monitoring solution with 472 sensors provides long time control of bridge performance
The Žeželj Bridge was an arch bridge over the Danube River for railway and road traffic in Novi Sad, Serbia. It was built in 1961 by a famous civil engineer, Branko Žeželj. A unique construction of pre-stressed concrete at the time, many people had doubts about the durability of the construction. So, in order to reassure them, Branko rowed a boat under the bridge during the test loads.
However, during the NATO bombings in 1999, the bridge was bombed on 12 occasions, and finally, after multiple direct hits, it was destroyed on 23.4.1999. It was the last standing bridge in Novi Sad during the NATO campaign, the “Operation Noble Anvil”.
A new bridge that connects people, countries and economy
A New Žeželj Bridge is being built again and the construction is expected to be complete by the end of 2017. Its design will remain similar to that of the old bridge, but the material will consist of steel arches. It will be 474 m long and will have two railway tracks for an international corridor as well as two road traffic lanes and two bicycle and pedestrian lanes.
The European Union is participating in the funding of this project since it is a vital transportation line for the Balkan states and EU.