Chain Bridge to be closed for traffic from today

The Chain Bridge in downtown Budapest will be fully closed for traffic starting at 4am on Wednesday for renovation works scheduled for 18 months.

Public transport services using the landmark bridge will be rerouted.

According to earlier information from Budapest public transport company BKK, vehicular traffic could restart in December 2022, while pedestrians would only be allowed back on the bridge when the renovation project is complete, in August 2023.

Refurbishment of the bridge will include reconstruction of the central lanes and the pavements, repairs to the steel structures and rails, re-insulation of the chain-chambers and ensuring protection against their being flooded.

The bridge’s iconic lion statues will also be restored and the whole structure will be equipped with a new LED lighting system.

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