Serbia’s dry bridge

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Serbia’s Dry Bridge is a Bridge without a river.  The BEGA River runs for about 250km from the POIANA RUSCA Mountains in Romania and into Serbia, where it flows into the TISA River near TITEL.

In the city of ZRENJANIN, the river branches out into a secondary stream that strays away from the main watercourse, makes a short loop and then re-joins the BEGA, a little more than 200 metres downstream.  While doing so, the wandering watercourse forms a “moat-like” ring around a small section of the city called MALA AMERIKA (or Little America).
In 1962, the city built a suspension foot-bridge over this “moat”  to connect residents of the otherwise isolated section of the city with the rest of ZRENJANIN.  The bridge served its purpose well, until 1985, when the City Administrator came up with a better idea.  They filled several sections of the “loop” with earth, including directly underneath the bridge, thus rendering the bridge “obsolete”.

Serbia dry bridge

Today, the DRY BRIDGE stands on dry land between two lakes, the former bed of the secondary BEGA River, created when the river was filled.  Although still standing, the Bridge appears to be in a state of neglect.  The handrails have developed rust and every available surface is filled with graffiti.  City authorities wanted to demolish it, since it does not have any purpose, but many residents objected, claiming that the Bridge has become an “iconic symbol” of ZRENJANIN.

Besides, DRY BRIDGE is the only bridge in the world which does not bypass a physical obstacle, other than the smaller and older TRINITY BRIDGE in England.

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