Luzhniki Metro Bridge

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Luzhniki Metro Bridge (Russian: Лужнецкий метромост), also known as Metromost (Метромост), is a concrete two-level arch bridge carrying road and subway over the Moskva River in Moscow, Russia, connecting the city center with Sparrow Hills. The bridge houses Vorobyovy Gory, the only station of Moscow Metro located above water. Originally built in 1958 by V.G. Andreyev and N.N. Rudomasin (structural engineering), the bridge rapidly decayed and was rebuilt in 1997-2002. The bridge was officially opened January 12, 1959. Total length with ramps 1,179 meters, arch spans 45 - 108 - 45 meters. The upper deck, 25.8 meters wide, carried 6 lanes of traffic, the lower deck housed Vorobyovy Gory metro station. The bridge was completed in 19 months . The bridge builders used salt to speed up concrete hydration; in 1959, it was commissioned with incomplete moisture protection . This caused rapid corrosion of rebars and tension cables. July 8, 1959, rain water broke through the station hall roofing and flooded the tracks. In the next years, aluminium and steel parts of the station hall were falling apart, hiding far worse corrosion processes inside the concrete structure. As soon as 1963,

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