Ozimek Suspension Bridge

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Ozimek Suspension Bridge

Most wiszący w Ozimku
Most w Ozimku.jpg
Coordinates50°40′35″N 18°12′44″E / 50.67639°N 18.21222°E / 50.67639; 18.21222Coordinates: 50°40′35″N 18°12′44″E / 50.67639°N 18.21222°E / 50.67639; 18.21222
CarriesPedestrians
CrossesMała Panew River
LocaleOzimek, Poland
Characteristics
DesignSuspension bridge
MaterialWrought iron and Steel
Total length31.5 metres (103 ft)
Width6.6 metres (22 ft)
No. of spans1
Load limit3 tons[ambiguous]
History
DesignerKarl Schottelius
Constructed byMalapane Steelworks
Construction start1825
Opened12 Sep 1827

The Ozimek Suspension Bridge (Polish: Most wiszący w Ozimku) is a suspension bridge over the Mała Panew River in Ozimek, Poland. Designed by Karl Schottelius and completed in 1827, it is the second oldest wrought iron suspension bridge in Europe.

The bridge was manufactured in a local Malapane Steelworks in Ozimek which supplied bridges to European cities from Berlin to Petersburg. It was constructed between 1825 and 1827 from parts made of 57 tons[ambiguous] of wrought iron and 14 tons[ambiguous] of steel. Suspended between two towers, on each side of the bridge, are four chain cables which support the span. The deck was made of timber.

The bridge was used as a road bridge until 1938; then it continued to be used for pedestrian traffic only.

The first extensive renovations of the bridge were carried out between July 2009 and September 2010. During the renovations the entire bridge was taken apart, renewed and put back together again, and its structure strengthened with steel cables.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Most wiszący w Ozimku" (in Polish). miasteria.pl. 2010-05-17. Retrieved 24 February 2011.