Bridge over Norilka world’s northernmost

Bridge over Norilka world’s northernmost

June 23, 2020

Bridge builders came to the Norilka’s (as the townspeople call the Norilsk River) bank in summer 1963 and built up a pontoon bridge 425 meters long. It was a temporary road through the water barrier.

Pontoon bridges, especially in the Arctic, were rare at that time. Right after that the bridge builders started constructing a reinforced concrete bridge. The modern bridge, connecting the ore of the right bank with the nickel and copper plants on the left one, was finished in July 1965, to the 30th anniversary of the Norilsk Mining and Metallurgical Combine. Now it is in the UNESCO World’s Bridge Building Digest as the northernmost bridge among large ones at the 69th parallel.

Text: Varvara Sosnovskaya, Photo: Nornickel Polar Branch archive

June 23, 2020

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