News, 07/01/2018

Bridge Near Kharkiv Repaired After 42 Years of Maintenance

A bridge built in the 1970s in Pisochyn was reopened after its first renovation. Specialists say it will serve for at least 12 more years.

“The Pisochyn bridge is an extremely important facility on one of the main state roads — the Kyiv-Kharkiv-Dovzhansky highway. Although nearly 40,000 cars cross the bridge every day, it has never been repaired since the construction,” Kharkiv Governor Yulia Svitlychna noted.

The repair lasted about three months. First, the workers blocked and rebuilt one part of the highway, then started renovating another one. The renovation cost UAH 10.9 million (a little more than $389,000). Kharkiv Regional Highway Service reported that the cost would have doubled if the repair was postponed for another year.

Recall, repairs began in late September 2017. The specialists had to work as fast as possible because the bridge was in a state of disrepair. The overpass on the M-03 highway near Pisochyn was built in 1975. The bridge is 73.2 meters long, and the carriageway’s width is 20.5 meters. The maximum load of automobile transport is up to 24 tons. No major repairs have been carried out on the bridge since its construction. In 2016, the Department of Bridges of Kharkiv National Automobile and Highway University inspected the overpass and concluded it was damaged.

Text: Iryna Klymenko

Photo: Kharkiv Regional State Administration