Today in Transportation History – 2011: The Tallest and Longest Bridge In Poland

In western Poland, the Rędziński Bridge was formally opened to traffic. The cable-stayed bridge, which is located in the city of Wroclaw, carries the A8 motorway over the Oder river. Jan Biliszczuk, a civil engineer who also serves as a professor of engineering at the Wroclaw University of Technology, designed the bridge. Measuring more than 400 feet in height and just over a mile in length, the structure is both the tallest and longest bridge in Poland.

The Rędziński Bridge under construction.

Shortly before the grand opening of the bridge, the Wroclaw bureau of the General Directorate for National Roads and Highways (part of the Polish Ministry of Infrastructure) held a competition to give the new structure an official name. More than 15,000 ballots were cast, with Rędziñski – a reference to Rędzińska Island in that section of the Oder river — finishing first with 55 percent of the vote.

At around the time that the Rędziński Bridge made its debut, then-Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk visited the site and paid tribute to the record-setting structure. He said, “This, I think, is a very good place and a very good moment to say that Poland is really under construction in a breathtaking way, at least in some places.”

For more information on the Rędziński Bridge, please check out https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rędziński_Bridge

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