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Arch Bridge in Zaporozhye

Arch Bridge in ZaporozhyeThe construction of the bridge across the Dnieper River was caused by the reconstruction of Dnieper Hydropower in 1969-1980. The main task of the bridge was to unload the dam and Preobrazhensky Bridges of the constantly increasing traffic flow.

The idea of building of the bridge belongs to N.A. Artemenko in 1964. His ideas were considered and adopted by the Central Research and Design Institute of Steel Construction of State Committee for Construction of the USSR. The design of the bridge was the single arch metalware with length of 320 meters, width of 20 meters and height of 40 meters. At the time of construction the arch bridge was the only one in the USSR with a flexible arch bridge span of this size and the rigid steel beam. On the bridge there have been made the trolley line, highway and sidewalks for pedestrians. The testing the strength of the bridge was carried out by means of loaded trucks. The actual mass of the trucks was 25 tons. After the trucks had been standing on the bridge for the whole night, the new steel structure was opened to traffic and pedestrians.

In 1997 the condition of the arch bridge in Zaporozhye has officially been named emergency. The reason of its condition was the destruction of abutments on the right bank of the Dnieper River and the spread of joints, which was caused either by a Arch Bridge. Zaporozhyerise of groundwater, or blasting operations in the nearby quarry. In 2003 the bridge was officially closed. 2 years later, in spring 2003, there was made the contract on the allocation of funds to repair the bridge. According to authorities, if this contract was not made, the destruction of the bridge would become irreversible, and the metalwork would not be subject to restoration and repair. The workers toiled around the clock, so all repairs were completed within two months. On June 5, 2003 there was held the grand opening of the repaired and renovated arched bridge.

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