The first of two steel pylons have been completed for the E 35M (ú24.3M) rebuilding of the bomb-damaged Sloboda cable stay bridge over the Danube river at the Serbian city of Novi Sad. The first two of four groups of cable stays has also been installed to support the growing length of reconstructed deck for the bridge which was badly damaged in 1999 by Nato bombing.
Much of the 351m main span of the steel deck collapsed into the river, destroying the north pylon and damaging the southern one. Bridge piers supporting side spans were also pulled and tilted as the deck collapsed. Approach piers and foundations have been restored and newly refabricated deck sections are being lifted into position to replace damaged elements. Main contractor is Germany's DSD Dillinger Stahlbau; supervising engineer is US consultant Louis Berger.