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Western Artillery Bridge

Russia, Saint Petersburg
Western Artillery Bridge

River Barrier: The Kronverksky Duct

Purpose: Road Bridges, Pedestrian Bridges

Opened in: 1828 (wooden), 1977 (reinforced concrete)

Length: 29.5 m

Bridge width: 20 m

Engineers: G.V. Govorkovsky

Western Artillery Bridge is a bridge over the Kronverksky Duct in Petrogradsky District of St. Petersburg, it connects Zayachy Island and Artillery Island, and located at the confluence of the Kronverksky Canal to the Kronverksky Strait.

The gullet and the flow received their named from the name of the external auxiliary strengthening - Kronwerk (German Kronwerk - crown-shaped strengthening), erected soon after the construction of the fortress in the form of a polygon with wide water moats in front of it and separated from the Peter-and-Paul Fortress by a water duct.

In 1752 Kronverk was rebuilt as an earthen building on a stone foundation and the canal around it was dredged and expanded, and wooden bridges through the canal were built in 1828: Eastern Bridge and Western Bridge.

In the XIX century Kronwerk was used for different purposes. Thus, in 1841 in the areas of strengthening artillery property was kept, and in 1860 ancient Russian and captured artillery and flags were placed there.

In 1872 a collection of relics of military glory of the Russian army received the name of the Artillery Museum and the bridges became known as Eastern Artillery Bridge and Western Artillery Bridge.

In 1977 a wide transport highway was created along the waterfront of the Kronversky Strait. With the improvement of the territory adjacent to the Kronverksky Ditch, under the project of engineer B.B. Levin of Lengiproinzhproject and architect G.V. Govorkovsky, single type bridges were built over the Kronverksky Canal - single-span structures in the form of three-hinged reinforced concrete frame with decorative facade arches lined with granite. One of those bridges was Western Artillery Bridge respectively.

The bridge abutments are massive reinforced concrete ones on pile foundation and faced with granite. The railing in the form of granite parapet is installed on the bridge. There is an asphaltic concrete pavement on the bridge. The sidewalk is separated from the roadway with granite kerb. The bridge appearance is similar to the appearance of the neighbouring Eastern Artillery Bridge.