Alexander Nevsky BridgeEdit profile
Coordinates: 59°55′32″N 30°23′43″E / 59.92556°N 30.39528°E / 59.92556; 30.39528
The Alexander Nevsky Bridge (Russian: Мост Алекса́ндра Не́вского, Most Aleksandra Nevskogo) in St Petersburg, Russia is named after the legendary Russian military commander and politician Alexander Nevsky. The bridge connects Alexander Nevsky Square and Zanevsky prospect thus linking the southern and the northern parts of the city. Until 2004, when the Big Obukhovsky Bridge was built, the Alexander Nevsky bridge was the longest bridge across the Neva River in Saint Petersburg. Its length is 905.7 meters, and it is 35 meters wide. The bridge was built from 1960 to 1965 under the working name of Old Neva Bridge (Russian: Старо-Не́вский мост). Designed by the group of architects - A. Zhuk, S. Mayofis and Y. Sinitsa - the bridge has complemented the look of adjacent buildings in surrounding area. The project was led by a team of engineers of the "Lengiprotransmost" institute. Proof-testing was done by means of a column of army tanks. On November 5, 1965 the bridge was open for traffic.
For the period of summer navigation a number of bridges on the rivers of Saint-Petersburg including the Alexander Nevsky Bridge are opened to allow ships to pass. The bridge consists of seven bridge spans and the central span of 50 meters can be opened in two minutes.