The Altai bridge damaged by floods

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YouTube/Altai Mountains Information

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The bridge was badly broken by floods in 2014

Two Russian males have offered an residence, automotive and a storage in an try to reconstruct a suspension bridge in Russia’s Far East.

Yuri Vasilyev and Yevgeny Levin have spent 10m roubles ($170,000; £132,000) over three years to rebuild the bridge in Russia’s Altai after it fell into neglect and was largely washed away in floods, Komsomolskaya Pravda information web site stories. The lads carried out the majority of labor themselves, however requested native residents for recommendation, and had a constructing firm to supervise their workmanship.

The bridge over the Katun river was uncared for after its earlier proprietor went bankrupt, the lads defined. “It was unhappy to see. And it is a disgrace as a result of this bridge has historical past. It’s Altai’s architectural landmark and we determined to reserve it,” Yuri Vasilyev told TJournal news website.

They’ve not been capable of restore the bridge to full use. Whereas it was capable of carry vehicles in the past, it is now solely thought of robust sufficient for pedestrians.

Nonetheless, social media customers appeared cut up over the restoration. A ballot on Russian social community VKontakte revealed small majority thought it a futile enterprise, whereas 45.9% stated the lads had executed the suitable factor.

Some individuals questioned the lads’s motivation, with one cynical newspaper commenter remarking “Yeah proper, an period, historical past; this isn’t merely a bridge however a pot of gold”; whereas others applauded their work: “Effectively executed! We’re happy with such gold nuggets,” a VKontakte person stated.

However the pair insisted that they weren’t motivated by the lure of the rouble. “Cash shouldn’t be an important factor. I wish to be doing one thing helpful and inform individuals about our land’s historical past,” Vasilyev stated.

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Natalia Vezhlivtseva

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Earlier than the storm: The bridge used to have the ability to carry vehicular visitors

Reporting by Ksenia Idrisova

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