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The subject index / Lieutenant Schmidt Bridge

Lieutenant Schmidt Bridge

Categories / Architecture/Bridges

LIEUTENANT SCHMIDT BRIDGE (in 1850-55 Blagoveshchensky, in 1855-1918 Nikolaevsky, in memory of Emperor Nicholas I). It was the first permanent bridge built over the Bolshaya Neva River, linking Truda Square (formerly Blagoveshchenskaya, hence its original name) with the Seventh Line of Vasilievsky Island. It was renamed in memory of the 1905-07 revolutionary hero P.P. Schmidt (1867-1906). The bridge was built in 1843-50 [engineer S.V. Kerbedz with the contribution of М.G. Destrem, architect А.P. Bryullov (?)]. It consisted of seven spans, arched with cast-iron ribbed arched decks, and single opening span on the right river bank with two swing iron decks. The rough-hewn stone piers were faced with granite. In 1936-38 the bridge was reconstructed (engineers G.P. Peredery, V.I. Kryzhanovsky, architects K.M. Dmitriev, L.A. Noskov). The cast-iron arches were replaced with three-span solid welded steel girders. The opening span, which rises from both sides, was placed in the middle of the bridge. The original pivot span was replaced with a reinforced concrete vault with granite facing. The cast-iron railings with sea-horse patterns were retained within the newly built spans. The dismantled cast-iron arches strengthened with reinforced concrete slabs of the bridge were installed on the bridge over the Volga River in the city of Kalinin (now Tver) in 1953-56. In 1975-76, major repair work on the opening span was undertaken (engineers B.B. Levin, B.N. Brudno). Length: approximately 365 metres, width: 24 metres.

D. Y. Guzevich, S. Z. Suponitsky, N. М. Kozlovskaya.

Brudno Boris Naumovich
Bryullov Boris Pavlovich
Destrem Moritz Gugovich
Dmitriev Konstantin Mikhailovich
Kerbedz Stanislav Valerianovich
Kryzhanovsky V.I.
Levin B.B.
Nicholas I, Emperor
Noskov Lev Alexandrovich
Peredery Grigory Petrovich
Schmidt Peter Petrovich

7th Line of Vasilievsky Island/Saint Petersburg, city
Truda Square/Saint Petersburg, city