Vanšu Bridge

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Vanšu Bridge

Vanšu tilts
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Coordinates 56°57′04″N 24°05′43″E / 56.9511°N 24.0953°E / 56.9511; 24.0953Coordinates: 56°57′04″N 24°05′43″E / 56.9511°N 24.0953°E / 56.9511; 24.0953
LocaleRiga, Latvia
Other name(s)Until 1991 Gorky Bridge
Designcable-stayed bridge
Materialsteel, concrete
Total length625 metres (2,051 ft)
Width28 metres (92 ft)
Height109 metres (358 ft)
Longest span312 metres (1,024 ft)
No. of spans2

The Vanšu Bridge (Latvian: Vanšu tilts) in Riga is a cable-stayed bridge that crosses the Daugava river in Riga, the capital of Latvia. Its name literally means Cable-stayed bridge and is also sometimes translated as Shroud Bridge.[1] 595 meters in length, it is one of five bridges crossing the Daugava in Riga and passes over Ķīpsala island. It was built during the Soviet period and opened to public use on 21 July 1981 as the Gorky Bridge (Latvian: Gorkija tilts) after Maxim Gorky street, today renamed Krišjānis Valdemārs street, which it extends across the river.

In the last decade there have been more than 10 instances of people attempting to climb the cables. The only one with lethal consequences was on June 7, 2012 when a man committed suicide by jumping down from the bridge's cables.[2] After the incident Riga City Council ordered for barbed wire entanglements to be installed on the cables.[3]

In 2013 a beach with a playground and volleyball field was opened next to the Vanšu bridge in Ķīpsala.[4]



  1. ^ "Riga getting two 'new' bridges". Public Broadcasting of Latvia. August 20, 2014. Retrieved October 9, 2014. Riga's other bridges already have "official" names. The Shroud Bridge (Vanšu tilts) was officially given its moniker in 1989
  2. ^ "Tragedy: young man climbs the Vansu Bridge, then jumps". Baltic News Network. LETA. June 8, 2012. Retrieved October 9, 2014.
  3. ^ "The first set of barbed wire entanglements are installed on the cable-stayed bridge". Baltic News Network. July 26, 2012. Retrieved October 9, 2014.
  4. ^ "PHOTO: Kipsala now has a beach near the Cable Stayed Bridge". Baltic News Network. June 19, 2013. Retrieved October 9, 2014.