The "Sloboda" Roadway Bridge Across the River Danube in Novi Sad
The main structure of the roadway bridge across the Danube in Novi Sad is a girder with cable stays. With its 351 m span, it set, at the time of building, the world record for bridges of this type, with pylons and stays in the central plane of the bridge.
Proceeding from the Novi Sad side, (the left bank), the bridge comprises:
The main bridge structure is undoubtedly the most important and most complexe part of the entire bridge. The stiffening girder or the main girder of the bridge has a box cross section, trapezoidal in shape. The height of the box is 3.8 m, the width of the lower plate is 13.0 m, and of the upper plate 27.48 m, of which the width of 16.0 m is an integral part of the closed cross section. The pylons of the bridge are above the piers, at the ends of the main span, positioned in the axis of the bridge and fixed in the stiffening girder. Three groups with 4 parallel wire cables are arranged in a single plane having a harp configuration.They are spaced along the main span of the bridge at distances of 54+48+48 m symmetrically on both sides.
All the piers of the bridge are founded on reinforced concrete piles, 120 and 150 cm in diameter.
The main bridge structure is assembled according to the cantilever erection principle. The distribution of ropes in the main span is such as to enable cantilever erection and support the structure by stays proceeding from both sides of the main span.
The bridge was completed and opened for traffic in 1981.
The bridge was partially destroyed in 1999 during the NATO aggression and has been under reconstruction since 2002, fully in accordance with the original design. Its reconstruction is scheduled to be completed at the beginning of the year 2005.