The current state of Budapest’s most famous location, the Chain Bridge, is getting more critical day by day. It has been emphasised several times that the full renovation of the bridge is inevitable and must start as soon as possible, as the years, and especially the August 20 fireworks, caused severe damages to it.
Világgazdaság reported that it cannot be estimated when the corrosion of the bridge’s metal structure would worsen even more, but the idea that even walking on the bridge could be dangerous is not out of the question. Although the ban on 5-tonne and heavier vehicles crossing the Danube on the Chain Bridge has been introduced, experts still estimate that soon pieces of metal and concrete could fall from the structure.
This is extremely dangerous for pedestrians, drivers, cars driving under the bridge, and even to ships on the Danube.
The corrosion of the bridge’s metal structure has reached a critical stage, and with the upcoming summer season and the current heavy rains, it could turn worse. Euronews reported that the government of Budapest has 506 million EUR in government securities, but it is still questionable whether the money would be used for the August 20 firework celebration or the renovation of the Chain Bridge.
On September 21, 2021, the country will celebrate the 230th birthday of Count István Széchenyi, whose visions made the Chain Bridge a reality. For this reason, many politicians believe that the renovation of the bridge is a cause for the entire nation.
Magyar Hírlap reported that the mayor of Budapest, Gergely Karácsony, should have started the project eight months ago, but nothing has happened since then, not even negotiating or signing a contract. As corrosion is close to destroying almost 80% of the bridge’s structure, delaying the project makes it more expensive by the day.
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In 1949, the Hungarian capital celebrated the reconstruction of Budapest Chain Bridge, which had been dreamed up by the „greatest Hungarian”, István Széchenyi, 100 years earlier. Its renovation was indispensable 75 years ago after the retreating Germans blew up the bridge on 18th January 1945.
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Source: www.vg.hu, Euronews, www.magyarhirlap.hu