Sunday, March 7, 2010

Turku Bridge is falling down

Tomorrow I probably have to rethink my way to work. Before yesterday Turku had 5 bridges for crossing river Aura by car. Yesterday morning one of the bridges, Myllysilta, started to fall down. Here is a picture of the bridge taken earlier.

The bridge was built in 1975 and it developed many problems for the city in the very beginning. It was praised as the the most beautiful and the cheapest bridge ever built but the arch like structure was not as strong as it should have been. The engineers had made a mistake in the calculations and the bridge fell some centimetres before it was even taken in use. The bridge was finally repaired in 1987 by Turku with 4 million Finnish marks.

Yesterday morning someone noticed that the bridge had fallen and it was taken off use. In the morning it had fallen 15 cm but by the end of the day the middle of the bridge was 94 cm lower than originally. Here is a short video of my walk near the bridge about noon. I could not get any closer because of the police tapes.

Here is the situation in the evening. The picture is taken by my friend mvallius.

Now it is not certain if the bridge will collapse or not. It probably has to be rebuilt and it takes more than a year before the new one can be taken in use. Meanwhile, the other one-way bridge nearby has to be converted to two-way traffic. A chaos will be expected anyway. I do not use the bridge in question very often, but the traffic will be transferred to the one I use. I think I will start driving the motorway instead of the shortest option.
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Anonymous said...

Has Turku bridge gone down yet?

Leena Helttula said...

It never collapsed. They are tearing it down now, here is a picture with a Finnish article link

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Anonymous said...

Hope the sudden freezing of temperatuere dosnt affect the work pace. The city is in a chaos with one bridge missing. Sketches for the new bridge are ugly tough

Anonymous said...

I have noticed the chaos in the citycentre, it seems to be packed with cars every time I have to drive through the centre. I really never liked driving there, but it is even worse now.