The new two-tier bridge means that Ljubljana has brought to fruition the vision of great architect and urban planner Maks Fabiani, who designed it in his urban plans for post-earthquake Ljubljana. One of the key elements in his plan was a ring road around the city centre – modelled on the Vienna ring road.
The completion of this ring road represents not just an effective road traffic asset but also an important element of the city’s urban plan, with which we are finalising the visions of Hribar and Fabiani – to transform Ljubljana into a modern city.
Fabiani Bridge has two levels – the upper deck is for motor traffic, and the lower for pedestrians and cyclists.
The lower deck connects the riverside walkway along the River Ljubljanica at Vrazov trg on the left bank and Poljanski nasip on the right bank of the Ljubljanica.
The bridge’s upper deck is for motor traffic, which flows in two lanes in each direction. The construction of the bridge also envisages and enables the building of a tramway route across it.
Access for pedestrians, people with disabilities and cyclists to the lower deck is enabled on the southern side of the bridge. There are stairways on the eastern and western sides, and the eastern side also features a lift.
Open competition for Fabiani Bridge
A public competition to select a design concept for a new bridge across the Ljubljanica was conducted in 1996 as a national, public, single-stage architectural competition for a conceptual architectural and structural design for a bridge near Cukrarna and the management of the parterre and fringes of a Roška - Njegoševa cesta link road between Poljanska and Ilirska cesta. The competition entry for a double-decker bridge by Prof Jurij Kobe was selected in the competition. Prof Kobe and his colleagues then took on the project design and planning of the bridge and the connecting junctions.
In 2006, a decree was adopted on a detailed plan for the area around Njegoševa cesta in Ljubljana, in which guidelines were set out for the project design and planning and construction of the bridge with link roads to the existing road network.
An operating permit for the bridge was issued on 21 August 2012.
City bus routes 2, 11 and 20 now run across Fabiani Bridge. A map of the bus routes is attached.