|Nou pont sobre la riera d’Alella
||[ Thursday, 15 Jul 10 | 17:44 ]
A new bridge over the Alella River
It was probably five years ago that they put up a big sign heralding a new pedestrian bridge over the Alella River. Finally this year construction began and it was opened for use last week. Before heading to the mani in Barcelona last Saturday afternoon, we decided to take a look.
New bridge crossing the Alella River
The building in the middle is the Ca l´Aymà also called the Emerald Tower.
The Alella River is really an intermittent stream that only flows when we have cloudburst or significant rain over a period of time. When it does flow, it usually is a muddy rush.
You can walk along the Mediterranean pretty much all the way from Barcelona to Mataró. Here in El Masnou, a couple hundred meters from where I live, the Alella River cut across a dirt path which made it impassible when the river was flowing.
That’s Ruben sitting and smiling
You can spot that sign announcing the bridge construction on the left.
Interesting about the new bridge is that it has benches and trees. It is also at same level as the pre-existing walkway. On Saturday it seemed to be used by quite a few people even after having been open for only a few days.
Me from the other end of the bridge
That’s the marina behind me, which my home overlooks
There have been some additional upgrades along the walkway to Montgat, the next town towards Barcelona. Several new showers have been erected along with benches and trees. This will probably draw more people to the El Masnou beach. The beach at Montgat Nord is very popular as the train station is next to the beach making it very accessible to people from Barcelona. The Ocata beach in El Masnou, located on the other side of the marina, is very popular as well as it being a Blue Flag beach.
Photographer’s notes: Auto WB, EXIF data intact.