Dimensions: length 781 m, height 83 m

Locality: Cherepovets

Construction start 1970 / opening date: 1979

Designer: Lenpromtransniiproject

Original name: October bridge

The Oktyabrsky Bridge in Cherepovets is the first cable-stayed bridge to appear on the territory of Russia. It is thrown across the Sheksna River and will connect two districts of Cherepovets – Industrialny and Zasheksninsky.

Story

The construction of the bridge began in 1970 under the project of Lenpromtransniiproekt and lasted for nine whole years. The work began with driving the first pile, while a capsule was embedded in the bridge support, into which a message was placed to the descendants.

In 1979, the first cars drove across the bridge, but the acceptance certificate was signed only two years later. The ropes, which are part of the structure, were made at the Volgograd plant, and the metal drums in Cherepovets, and the parapet fences were also made here.

Description

The Oktyabrsky bridge is metal, single-pylon and made using a two-plane system. The entire length of the bridge is covered by a continuous beam with a height of more than three meters. The trestle part is made of steel-reinforced concrete. The pylon is A-shaped, the cables consist of closed ropes. In the manufacture of parapets, images of Vologda lace were used. Also included in the composition are the bas-reliefs of the coats of arms of fifteen cities of the Vologda Oblast.

The construction of the Oktyabrsky Bridge resembles the construction of the St. Severin Bridge in Cologne. It offers a magnificent view of the Sheksna River and the Rybinsk Reservoir. An equally magnificent view of the bridge opens from the Nativity Church.

Oktyabrsky Bridge is a landmark of Cherepovets and a traditional place for newlyweds to walk. As a sign of loyalty and love, they hang locks on the fence, but utility workers cut them off with an autogen.

Lighting

More than thirty light structures are installed on the bridge, providing its illumination. Decorative lamps called “Soap Bubbles” are switched on on holidays.

Motion

The Oktyabrsky Bridge has two traffic lanes. Since it is the only transport road connecting Zasheksninsky and Industrialny districts, there is heavy traffic here during rush hours. From forty to seventy thousand cars pass through the Oktyabrsky Bridge per day.

When the outside temperature drops below minus twenty degrees, the speed of movement on the bridge is limited to 30 kilometers per hour. At rates below minus thirty degrees, it completely stops.

Interchange

Due to the eternal problems that arise when driving across the bridge, the authorities decided to build an interchange on the Oktyabrsky Bridge in Cherepovets. Initially, three options were proposed: to organize a reverse movement, to build a two- or one-level interchange. The first idea was rejected by the traffic police: practice shows that such a decision leads to an increase in the number of head-on collisions. Due to the fact that a single-level junction can be built in just a year, the final choice was made in its favor.

The interchange scheme on the Oktyabrsky Bridge in Cherepovets involves the expansion of Oktyabrsky Avenue into two lanes, the transfer of the exit to the Lesnoye village and the construction of Raahe Street in six lanes. Currently, the reconstruction of the Oktyabrsky Bridge in Cherepovets is actively continuing.

Interesting Facts

  • The Oktyabrsky Bridge in Cherepovets was one of the competition objects of the Miracles of Russia project, conducted by the Rossiya TV channel in cooperation with the Mayak radio, the Izvestia newspaper and the Vesti.Ru portal.
  • One of the residents of the city of Cherepovets conquered the Oktyabrsky Bridge – without insurance he climbed to the very top, filming the whole process on video.
  • Before the opening of the bridge, transport links were provided by a ferry and a pontoon ferry.