The construction of a footbridge for pedestrians and cyclists, which will connect Holešovice and Karlín across the island of Štvanice, will begin next year.
The construction should be completed in 2022 and the costs should be around CZK 200 million.
“The footbridge is now in the permitting process, this year or at the latest next spring it should have a building permit,” said the director of the Municipal Institute of Planning and Development (IPR) Ondřej Boháč.
The footbridge was designed by architect Marek Blank.
The concept of the bridge is based upon sweeping arches that gracefully skip across the Vltava river like a stone cast by hand.
The deck is designed to separate the cyclist traffic from the pedestrians by a subtle difference in height. This provides a safety feature for both cyclists and pedestrians while allowing cyclists to confidently ride without the fear of a collision.
Reversely it allows pedestrians a safe zone where no cyclists can impede upon. At the Štvanice ramp, the cyclist path levels off with the pedestrian path and serves as an intersection to allow everyone to safely get on and off the island.
A textured paving surface will be used in this area and at intermittent crosswalks along the bridge to help reduce cyclist speeds and provide optimal pedestrian and cyclist safety.
At the moment, Karlín and Holešovice are connected by a ferry, which should stop running after the footbridge is completed.