Italian Bridge

The Italian Bridge is the bridge across the Griboedov Canal in Saint Petersburg, Russia. It is a single span, steel, pedestrian bridge next to Italian street (hence the name). The bridge's length is 19.66 meters, the width is 3 meters.

Italian Bridge
Итальянский мост
Italiansky Bridge SPB 01.jpg
Italian bridge, upstream view, 2015
Coordinates59°56′14″N 30°19′37″E / 59.937247°N 30.327033°E / 59.937247; 30.327033
CrossesGriboyedov Canal
LocaleSaint Petersburg
Characteristics
DesignArch Bridge
Total length19.66 m
Width3 m
History
Opened1896 (wooden), 1968
Location

HistoryEdit

 
Italian bridge railing

The bridge was built in 1896 in the place of a boat ferry as a single span wooden bridge which connected Big and Little Italian streets. The engineer L.N. Kolpitsin was author of the project. The novelty at the time was use of xilolit plates as a paving material. In 1902 the bridge was rebuilt for the first time, and around 1911-1912 it was rebuilt again.

After quarter of century, in 1937 the bridge went through the capital reconstruction, in order to fit two termal pipes into it. In 1955 during the renovation of Griboedov Canal embankments the bridge was completely rebuilt again. Since then it has its modern look.

Coordinates: 59°56′14″N 30°19′37″E / 59.9373°N 30.327°E / 59.9373; 30.327