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Nevillebrcke reopens for pedestrians

The Nevillebrücke (Neville Bridge) which connects Vienna’s 5th and 6th districts is set to reopen as a recreational space in April 2013.

The bridge which links the Margareten and Mariahilf districts of Vienna has been closed to traffic since May 2012 and is undergoing construction work whilst the surrounding area is transformed into a green oasis.

The unveiling of a new recreational zone with seating, flower beds and foot and cycle paths is scheduled for April 2013.

District representative for Mariahilf Renate Kaufmann (SPÖ) said that the pedestrianisation of the bridge would mean little to cars: "Traffic counts have shown that cars used the bridge infrequently. Maintenance work carried out on the bridge was not absolutely necessary. Therefore it makes sense that the area has been turned into a small relaxation zone between the districts".

Press spokesman for the city’s Bridge Construction Department Kurt Wurscher said: "It makes no difference what the bridge is used for – whether it will transport traffic or become a park. For this project we have worked well with both the Transport and Road Construction departments". In any case, what should be observed is that the bridge does not become weakened by plant roots.

The opening of the bridge was scheduled after months of discussions. Some of the business owners and residents had hoped that the bridge would remain open to cars.

The bridge is named after the bridge construction engineer Franz Neville and was built in 1854. In 1900 road construction work was carried out on the bridge and from 1969 a tram line also operated on the bridge – though this is now long gone. More recently, only one of the lanes was used for traffic.

Vienna Times

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