A new pedestrian bridge has been placed above Morava River

It will be open to the public soon.

(Source: TASR/Martin Palkovič)
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A 143-metre long bridge for pedestrians and cyclists was placed above the Morava river. It will connect the archaeological park with the monuments of the Slavic fortified settlement of Great Moravia near Czech Mikulčice and Kopčany, the locality near the Church of St Margaret of Antioch.

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Its aim is to boost Czech and Slovak border tourism. The opening of the bridge is planned for October this year.

The demanding operation of putting the bridge in place took more than two hours. Tens of citizens of Kopčany stopped by to watch the operation ensured by Trenčín company Stavokov.

“We used the heaviest crane within the Czech Republic and Slovakia,” said Ivan Čahoj, director of the company, as quoted by the TASR newswire.

After 12 years

The crane was driven to the riverbanks of Morava by 19 lorries, and workers put it together in three days. The bridge has been under construction since autumn of last year.

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The audience applauded the workers after they put the bridge in place. At the start of the project, Dušan Dubecký was the mayor of Kopčany and Zdenko Čambal served as vice-chairman of Trnava self-governing region (TTSK). He said that 12 years have passed since the project idea was conceived

The chairman of TTSK was pleased that after many years of planning and debates, the project came to its successful end, thanks in part to the financial help of the EU. There are several new cycling routes that should help to boost tourism in this area.

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