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Karviná Darkovský Most
Czech Republic

Hezkou technickou památkou se mohou pochlubit lázně Karviná - Darkov.

 Železobetonový obloukový silniční most z roku 1925 přes řeku Olši, který se nachází proti hlavní lázeňské budově, prošel v letech 2003–2004 rozsáhlou rekonstrukcí a získal nejenom reprezentativní fasádu, ale i novou funkci.

 Oprava zchátralého 56 m dlouhého mostu byla zároveň spojena s úpravou okolních komunikací tak, aby neobvyklá památka sloužila pouze pěším a cyklistům, nikoli motorovým vozidlům. Darkovský most se proto po rekonstrukci proměnil v malé promenádní místo lázeňských hostů a procházka po něm je stejně tak příjemná jako posezení na nově instalovaných lavičkách s výhledem na řeku.

Technickou zajímavostí mostu je esteticky působivé příčné ztužení horních částí železobetonových oblouků třemi dvojicemi vodorovných prutů propojených svislým středovým prutem.

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