Friday, September 22, 2017

Bridge to remote settlement of Luch collapses

The 557-foot wooden bridge connecting the village of Luch with the mainland Sysertsky district in the Sverdlovsk region collapsed last week, leaving residents and municipal officials wondering how to restore access to the settlement.

The wooden bridge has deteriorated over the last few years, and prior to its collapse, it was dangerous to cross due to rotting wood and missing planks. Experts said the warm conditions accelerated the bridge's deterioration when combined with higher water levels across the Sysertsky reservoir, Oblastnaya Gazeta reports.

"When the bridge much heat a little, or have to go to the district, there are several kilometers or somehow jump," village resident Yulia Belyaeva said, according to Oblastnaya Gazeta. "Shoes not to soak in some places, just walk barefoot."

Before the Russian economy began to decline in 2008, the village of Luch was a resort town, and its remoteness appealed to many mainlanders seeking a vacation. Now it is home to 140 full-time residents who rely on the wooden bridge to access shopping, medical treatment, schools and other necessities on the mainland.

"After all this bridge walk, for milk, bread lines, because there is no store," 30-year village resident Nelya Andreevna said, Oblastnaya Gazeta reports.

Responsibility of repairing the bridge has fallen on the the administration of the Sysertsky reservoir which plans to repair the bridge later this year.