The Vasa Bridge

Built back in 1907, Vasa Bridge has carried people, trams and other vehicles over the Vallgraven canal in Gothenburg for more than a century. Cracks have now begun to appear, and it will need to be replaced with a new and stronger construction. The aim is to retain and recreate as much as possible of the appearance of this beautiful bridge.

The Vasa Bridge before reconstruction.

The Vasa Bridge after reconstruction.

Vasa Bridge will be replaced

This is done to cope with the challenges of the next 100 years.

Vasa Bridge was built in 1906–1907 in Art Nouveau style, and it is today one of the classic bridges of Gothenburg. Since it was built, Vasa Bridge has provided a vital link between Vasastaden and Gothenburg city centre. It has been subjected to considerable pressure over the years from trams, buses and other vehicles travelling across the canal. It has now begun to show its age and needs to be replaced with a new and stronger construction.

Even if the part of the construction that will have a bearing function will be new, as much as possible of the present appearance and original details of the bridge will be preserved.

“The side rail for example, which dates from 1907, will be put back in place, and the characteristic steel beams on the sides of the bridge will retain their appearance."

“Together with a curator, we have identified the specific features and values of the bridge and how these can be utilised. The side rail for example, which dates from 1907, will be put back in place, and the characteristic steel beams on the sides of the bridge will retain their appearance,” said Johan Landgren, project leader at the Traffic and Public Transport Authority.

Work on replacing Vasa Bridge across Vallgraven in central Gothenburg will continue through to April 2018. The new bridge will be widened slightly to ensure that all forms of traffic can cross the bridge safely.

While the bridge is being replaced, and public transport has been redirected, vital track work linked to the bridge will be carried out.

21 February 2018