New bridge construction in Kamenyuki, 2008 - 2009

Events, facts, documents and evidences: The small but beautiful wild river named Lesnaya (Forest River) flows near the village of Kamenyuki, the administrative center of the Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park. One needs to cross the river to get from the village to the tourist center of the park. There is a bridge to help you do that. It was built in the 1960s. Its condition was generally satisfactory, and according to professionals, it could have served for twenty years more.

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(1 - June 22, 2004; 2 - March 27, 2005; 3 - June 29, 2005; 4 - November 26, 2008)

Nevertheless, it was decided to remove the old bridge and build a new one by the time 600 years of Belovezhskaya Pushchas protection was celebrated in 2009, according to the plan of preparation.

Although the main phase of the construction commenced in the fall of 2008, the builders surveyed the site as early as in the summer of 2005 and paved an approach road along the bridge from the rivers armlet to the main watercourse.

The shots show an engineering machine boring the soil and a filled approach road.

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(An engineering machine,
July 10, 2005)
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(Approach road along the bridge, July 10, 2005)

That's the new bridge planned under bridge engineers' project.

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(A new bridge project, November 26, 2008)

Work on the new bridge began in the fall of 2008. An information board carrying the technical details of the project was erected, temporary service cabins were installed, and construction machinery was brought onto the site.

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(1 - an information board, November 28, 2008; 2 - the first service cabins, November 3, 2008)

The work kicked off with the construction of a temporary bypass bridge for road vehicles.
The shots show the preparation of building materials and earth-filling operations for the temporary road.

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(1 and 3 - November 3, 2008; 2 - November 11, 2008)

Unfortunately, tree felling could not be avoided. An alder and a willow had to be cut down to clear the way for the temporary bypass bridge and the road to it.

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(Cut down trees, November 3 , 2008)

These pictures show a special machine hammering down piles into the ground to construct the temporary bypass bridge.

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(1 - November 11, 2008; 2 and 3 - December 1, 2008)

These shots show the builders making earth-filling operations for the temporary bypass bridge.

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(1 - November 26, 2008; 2 - December 14, 2008)

This is the view of the service cabins.

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(December 1, 2008)

The temporary bypass bridge have been constructed by the end of winter.

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(1 - February 28, 2009; 2 - March 31, 2009)

At the same time the builders have started to dismantle the old bridge.

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(Dismantling the old bridge, February 28, 2009)

The erection of the new bridge began in the spring of 2009. The key part of the work is hammering down piles that will support the bridge into the ground.

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(March 31, 2009)

That's the view of the river with the demolished old bridge.

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(March 31, 2009)

These shots show the engineering machines after the working day to be finished.

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(1 - March 31, 2009; 2 - June 25, 2009)

The view of the building plot At the end of spring of 2009.

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(May 3, 2009)

, 2009 .

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(1 - June 25, 2009; 2 and 3 - June 2, 2009)

The bridge was completed in the August of 2009, and vehicles were allowed to cross the river.

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(August 6, 2009)

At the same time, the builders proceeded to dismantle the temporary bypass bridge.

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(August 6, 2009)
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(August 9, 2009)

These pictures show the electricians installing an electric lighting for the bridge.

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(August 9, 2009)

That's the view of the new enclosure of the bridge right after its construction has been finished.

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(August 9, 2009)

The picture show last earthworks in the place of the temporary bypass bridge.

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(August 20, 2009)

An additional metal fence have been made along the road in front of the bridge and behind the bridge right before the celebration of the 600th anniversary of nature protection in Belovezhskaya Pushcha.

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(September 15, 2009)

These pictures show the new bridge.

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(August 29, 2009)
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(September 6, 2009)
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(September 15, 2009)

That's the view of the restored site of the river near to the new bridge.

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(September 6, 2009)