Ref Number: 68
Ref Number: 68
With its impressive size Asparuhovo Bridge has become one of the symbols of Varna.
Before it was constructed, crossing Varna Lake was done mostly by ferry, which greatly impeded the traffic between the northern and southern Black Sea coast towns and villages.
The Asparuhov most (Bulgarian: cаруов мост) or Asparuhov Bridge is a bridge in Varna, Bulgaria, on the Black Sea coast, that spans the canals between the Black Sea and Lake Varna and connects the Asparuhovo area to the rest of the city.
The bridge weighs 3,200 metric tons and spans 2.05 kilometers in length. It’s supported by 38 sets of pillars, each of which can hold 2,400 tons. Over the course of a day, the bridge sees over 10,000 automobiles.
When a wider canal between Lake Varna and the sea became essential, work on the bridge started that year, in 1973. The scheduled opening date of the Asparuhov Most by Todor Zhivkov was September 30th, 1976, however construction was completed early. Meanwhile, on September 1, the new canal the bridge spans opened for business, and on September 4, the first ship passed over.
The installation was closed for 20 years until it was reopened on September 17, 1999, long after the original schedule of 16 months for rebuilding had passed.
The municipality has been planning further, more extensive renovations and maintenance since 2015, but has only been carrying out the most basic of these tasks thus far.
Today, the bridge is part of the motorway Cherno More (Black Sea) and the European Road E87.