ISB products used in the rebuilding of Tuchkov Bridge
ISB is actively participating in the restructuring of the “Tuchkov Bridge” which crosses the Malaya Neva River connecting Vasilyevsky Island and Petrogradsky Island, in the city of Saint Petersburg, in Russia. Ensuring the correct lifting of the two spans of the drawbridge, ISB spherical plain bearings GE 500 2RS DW BG1 and GE 500 2RS DW SPECIAL will be used. The bridge, built of wood in 1758, takes its name from a local businessman, Avraam Tuchkov, who funded its construction. Before the last restructuring which began in 2016, the bridge was reconstructed several times; most recently from 1962 to 1965. 226 metres long and 36 metres high, the “Tuchkov Bridge” is located in a strategic position, connecting the north and south of the city; in fact, the bridge is of vital importance for transport towards the city’s historical centre. The bridge requalification project aims to guarantee the road safety of the many heavy goods and other vehicles crossing it every day. The works will be completed by the end of 2017 in advance of the FIFA World Cup next year, in which Saint Petersburg will be one of key match locations.