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New Danube bridge opened in Hungary

A new bridge over the Danube in Hungary, between the towns of Kalocsa and Paks was inaugurated on June 6, 2024.

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The 946-metre-long structure links the southern areas of Paks, accessible via the M6 motorway, to the Kalocsa-Foktő Industrial Park on the opposite bank.

This connection facilitates direct access to the main road no51 within three minutes.

The bridge, featuring 2×1 lanes, was constructed over a period of three and a half years.

Spanning the Danube between Tolna and Bács-Kiskun counties, approximately 115 kilometres south of Budapest, the bridge includes a dedicated bicycle path on both sides, separated by barriers.

Comprehensive reconstruction of the connecting roads and junctions was also part of the project.

The new bridge drastically reduces the travel distance between Kalocsa and Paks from 58 kilometres to 8 kilometres, cutting the journey time from 55 minutes to just 15 minutes. The total investment for the project amounted to HUF 92 billion net (approx 236 million euros).

Magyar Közút, the national road maintenance company, confirmed that normal traffic regulations apply to the new bridge, which can accommodate vehicles with a total weight of up to 40 tonnes.