Discovery Channel to Shoot Documentary on Bulgaria-Romania Danube Bridge 2

Society | October 27, 2011, Thursday // 11:37|  views

A Discovery Channel crew has arrived in Bulgaria to shoot a segment on the second Bulgaria-Romania bridge. Photo by FCC

A Discovery Channel TV crew has arrived in Bulgaria to shoot a documentary segment on the construction of the so called Danube Bridge 2, connecting Bulgaria's Vidin and Romania's Calafat.

The crew will focus on the most technically challenging stages of the project's construction. The segment will be included in Discovery channel's popular series "X Machines".

"X Machines" is a series that aims at documenting the ingenuity of project management teams around the world, as well as the skills and expertise of those who operate the machines.

Cameraman Tony Mewse, director David Coward, sound mixer Damien Looney and assistent-producer Gunita Jimenez have a rich experience in shooting documentaries across South America, Europe and Asia.

The construction of the Vidin-Calafat bridge was set to be completed by October 2010, but has been significantly delayed due to technical difficulties.

The original push for the construction of a second Danube Bridge between Bulgaria and Romania came as a result of the NATO bombing of Milosevic's Yugoslavia in 1999.

After the campaign subsided, however, the procedures for the bridge dragged on. It was supposed to be ready by 2010 but land expropriation procedures and disputes between the Spanish firm FCC and the governments of Bulgaria and Romania obviously delayed the construction.

When finally completed, Danube Bridge 2 will be third ever bridge in the Bulgarian-Romanian section of the Danube in the past 2000 years.

In the 4th century Roman Emperor Constantine I the Great built the largest river bridge in ancient times, Constantine's Bridge on the Danube, which was 2.5 km long, 6 meters wide, and existed in 328 AD - ca. 355 AD.

The "next" bridge (today's Ruse-Giurgiu Bridge) on the Lower Danube, in the Bulgarian-Romanian section of the river was built only in 1954, about 1 600 years later, at the initiative of the Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin.

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