Prague executive committee backs demolition of Libeň Bridge
Prague City council’s executive committee has backed demolishing the city’s historic Libeň Bridge, a 1928 construction with Cubist elements, rather than opt for renovation. If the plan goes ahead, a new bridge will be built in its place. Proponents argue that saving the original would be almost costly as building a new bridge and will require less maintenance moving forward.
But the broader consensus on Prague City Hall’s executive committee appears to be that the bridge will have to go altogether.
Prague Mayor Adriana Krnáčová told Czech Radio that it was in no way a hasty decision but one that had been under consideration for quite some time.
“We have looked at this question for a number of years. Even though it was long clear the bridge is not a cultural heritage site, we still waited for two years for confirmation from the Ministry of Culture. Even if we repaired [Libeň] Bridge it would need constant attention.”
Those against tearing down the historic bridge or unwilling to vote on the matter included fellow Deputy Mayor Petra Kolínská who voted against and councillor Jana Plamínková who abstained. Councillor Jan Wolf did not vote, Czech Radio reported. The executive’s decision still has to get backing by the majority of the full council which meets on Thursday.