June 8, 2015
1638 ROMANIA (Bucharest) - Basarab Overpass
The Basarab Overpass (Pasajul Basarab) is a road overpass in Bucharest, connecting Nicolae Titulescu blvd. and Grozǎveşti Road, part of Bucharest's inner city ring. Completed in 2011, it has a length of 1,9km and is the widest cable stayed bridge in Europe, measuring a width of 44,5m (tram station, safety areas and two lanes for traffic in each direction) over the railways near the Gara de Nord train station (the average width measures almost 25m). The bridge now accommodates the number 1 tram line, the only circular tram line in Bucharest that follows the inner traffic circle of the city. The two towers that sustain the 60 cables of the bridge have a height of about 84m. Everyday, almost 50 000 vehicles transit the bridge.
About the stamps
The first stamp, depicting Anthericum ramosum (Anthericum ramosum), is part of the series Flowers’ Clock (II), about which I wrote here.
The second stamp is part of the series Great Contemporary Romanian Actors, designed by Simona Bucan and issued on November 15, 2006:
• Radu Beligan (b. 1918) (0,40 RON) - It's on the postcard
• Dina Cocea (1912-2008) (1,00 RON)
• Carmen Stănescu (b. 1925) (1,50 RON)
• Colea Răutu (1912-2008) (2,20 RON)
Basarab Overpass - Wikipedia
Sender: Eugen Mihai (direct swap)
Sent from Bucureşti (Bucureşti / Romania), on 05.06.2015
Photo: Eugen Mihai / 12.05.2013