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Geslerovsky Bridge

Russia, Saint Petersburg
Geslerovsky Bridge

Category: Road Bridges

Overall length: 22.2 m

River Barrier: The Karpovka River

Architect: L.A. Noskov

Opened in: 1887 (wooden bridge), 1965 (modern bridge)

Purpose: Road Bridges, Pedestrian Bridges

Bridge width: 27 m

Geslerovsky Bridge across the Karpovka River connects Aptekarsky Island and Petrogradsky Island. It is located at Chkalovsky Prospect axis (former Geslerovskogo Prospect). The name of the bridge comes from the name of the prospect which was named in honour of garderobe meister of Paul I (court caretaker of clothes) Ivan Fyodorovich Gesler who owned a piece of land where this prospect passes as well as several houses in the area of Zelenina Streets on Petrograd Side (now Bolshaya Zelenina Street, Malaya Zelenina Street and Glukhaya Zelenina Street). Near the bridge there was Geslerovsky Garden.

It is interesting that Geslerovsky Bridge being younger than the oldest Silin Bridge over the Karpovka River by exactly 111 years was never renamed. Even that the prospect of the same name - after which the bridge was named - changed its name did not affect the name of the bridge.

Since 1887 there existed a wooden three-span beam wooden bridge which was repeatedly repaired and rebuilt. It was rather low and narrow, causing the impression of a blind pass.

In 1940 it had a length of 30.1 meters and width of 13.5 meters.

In 1965, under the project of engineer P.P. Ryazantsev of Lengiproinzhproject and architect L.A. Noskov, a wooden bridge was rebuilt in single-span reinforced concrete bridge. The superstructure is a three-hinged reinforced concrete frame consists of prefabricated reinforced concrete elements. The bridge abutments are massive ones, made of monolithic reinforced concrete on pile foundation and faced with granite. The protective railings are made of art casting iron.

Reinforced concrete slab of the roadway is included in the main beams operation. The roadway is covered with asphalt pavement; sidewalks – with sand asphalt. The roadway is separated from the curb by granite kerb stone. The bridge approaches are decorated with granite stair descents.

The bridge was built by efforts of SU-3 of Trust Lenmostostroy under the direction of engineer K.V. Uchaev and foreman I.E. Livshits.