Asparuhov most

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Asparuhov Bridge
Аспарухов мост
Asparuhov Bridge Varna.JPG
Coordinates 43°11′25″N 27°53′05″E / 43.190369°N 27.884631°E / 43.190369; 27.884631Coordinates: 43°11′25″N 27°53′05″E / 43.190369°N 27.884631°E / 43.190369; 27.884631
Carries cars and pedestrians; two lanes of the Cherno More motorway
Crosses canal between Lake Varna and the Black Sea
Locale Varna, Bulgaria
Characteristics
Design continuous beam
Total length 2,050 m
Width 21 m (two lanes 7.9 m each, two sidewalks 1.9 m each and curbs)
Longest span 160 m
Clearance below 46 m
History
Opened 8 September 1976
Asparuhov most at night

The Asparuhov most (Bulgarian: Аспарухов мост) or Asparuhov Bridge is a bridge in Varna on the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria, connecting the Asparuhovo district to the rest of the city over the canals between the Black Sea and Lake Varna.

The bridge is 2.05 km in length and 50 m in height, weighing 3,200 tons. It has 38 pairs of supports, each one capable of carrying 2,400 tons. The bridge experiences significant traffic, with 10,000 vehicles crossing it every day.

The bridge's construction began in 1973 when the need for a larger canal to link Lake Varna and the sea became necessary. The initial launch date was 30 September 1976, but construction was ahead of schedule and finished on 8 September, when the Asparuhov Most was opened in a ceremony by Todor Zhivkov. Meanwhile, the new canal that the bridge crosses began operation on 1 September, with the first ship going through on 4 September the same year.

After 20 years of neglect, reconstruction work began in 1996 to end in October 1998, but the installation was not reopened until 17 September 1999, long overdue from the initial plans of a 16-month reconstruction.

Today the Asparuhov Most is not only an important transport installation, but also a place where extreme sports fans meet, as the bridge is a favourable location for bungee jumping.[citation needed]

Asparuhovo bridge is also a Suicide bridge.[citation needed]

In September 2015 the municipality of Varna announced plans to fully renovate the bridge and add cycle tracks.

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