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Almazny Bridge

Russia, Saint Petersburg
Almazny Bridge

Category: Road Bridges

Overall length: 23.5 m

River Barrier: The Volkovka River

Architect: L.A. Noskov

Opened in: 1965 – modern bridge

Purpose: Road Bridges, Pedestrian Bridges, Tram Bridge

Bridge width: 27.0 m

Almazny Bridge is a bridge across the Volkovka River in Frunzenksy District, in the alignment of Blagodatnaya Street and Salova Street. Upstream there is  Belgradsky Bridge, downstream – the 3rd Volkovsky Bridge. The nearest underground station is Bukharestskaya that is included in the 5th line and is located in the similarly-named street.

The bridge derived its name from abolished Almaznaya Street that led to the abrasive works located not far from this place. This name is known from 1960.

In 1930 a wooden beam bridge existed there. The bridge length was 34 meters, width - 6 meters. The wooden bridge was repaired several times without changing in the structure. In 1950 after the next repair the bridge was widened to 7.5 meter by transferring to sidewalks onto the consoles.

In the 60s, in connection with the housing development of the district, intensity of traffic increased, there was a need for reconstruction of narrow wooden bridge, which did not meet the up-to-date requirements.

In 1965, under the project of engineer A.A. Kulikov of Lengiproinzhproject and architect L.A. Noskov, a wooden bridge was rebuilt in three-span reinforced concrete simple bridge. The superstructure consists of standard precast concrete beams with constant height. The abutments and intermediate supports of lightweight type are made of monolithic reinforced concrete on pile foundation. The roadway is covered with asphalt pavement; sidewalks – with sand asphalt. The sidewalk is separated from the roadway with reinforced concrete curb. A railing is installed as metal welded gratings with tubular metal bollards and ended with granite ones. Cones are reinforced with precast concrete slabs. 

The bridge is designed for the traffic of trams, cars and pedestrians. The roadway of the bridge allows six lanes for vehicles. In 1998 reinforced concrete parapet railing was installed.