Bridge to the future.
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Bridge to the future.

An innovative project and innovative technology – that is how the press referred to a bridge constructed on the Sludwia river. A bridge that in the 1920’s and 1930’s attracted European and American engineers to the distant lands of Lowicz. The construction sparked interest amongst the largest global companies.

What was so unique about it? At first glance it was a modest bridge of 27 meters joining the banks of the Sludwia river near Lowicz. Its construction was the effect of cooperation between Polish engineers, technicians, and labourers who in the space of two years managed to build the world’s first welded steel bridge.

It was built according to the design of a well-known architect from Lviv – Professor Stefan Bryla. Initially only a small part of the bridge was to be welded (welding allowed for a substantial decrease in the weight of the construction) but in the end the engineers managed to create a fully welded structure. Completed in 1928 it weighed only 56 tonnes and thanks to the implementation of new technologies its construction was much cheaper than anticipated.

This technical wonder of the II Republic of Poland was not only admired by contemporary engineers but has stood the test of time. Thanks to regular maintenance the construction still remains in use by pedestrians. It was designated a historical monument and chosen to be represented in a postal stamp series issued by the Polish Post Office – Bridges of Poland – alongside such bridges as the Poniatowski Bridge in Warsaw.

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