Original footbridge in Mikolajki, Poland
In summer 2016, a new footbridge in the town of Mikołajki (Poland) was built, over a stream connecting two adjacent lakes – Talty and Mikołajki. Its modern construction, based on the shape of a DN ice-boat, makes it inique in Poland, and probably in the world as well. This novel and dynamic shape became a significant landmark associated not only with Mikołajki, but also with the whole region of Mazury, as well as with sailing itself. The system of the footbridge illumination is innovative within Europe. With a blaze of lights, it not only emphasizes the bridge shape but also introduces interesting changes into the appearance of the surrounding. The bridge carrying structure is a two-span cable-stayed system suspended on a single pylon. Since on the one hand the city enjoys large number of tourist visitors, and on the other hand sailing had to be kept largely uninterrupted, steel as the principal material and a relevant construction technology had to be applied. The load tests performed gave positive confirmation of the bridge’s safety.
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