So this is how they test newly built bridges in Russia nowadays. A pack of KAMAZ tip trucks loaded with sand stand side by side, very close to each other. Each truck weighs 25 tons, so this pack grosses at more than six hundred tons tightly packed into one spot. Then this bunch of weight on wheels is moved to another part of the bridge, measurements are taken, then the process is repeated again and again. So the photographer nicknamed Wizarden was watching for the whole morning to see how six hundred tons of sand were moved, waiting to see if the bridge would collapse. The spoiler – it didn’t collapse. Want more of a spoiler? Here: do you know where the top managers of the contractor who built the bridge spent their time during this KAMAZ test? You won’t believe it, but they were loaded into a small boat and went under the bridge (probably praying). See more here:
So this is the bridge. Newly built. So its time for it to be tested for its strength.
And here are the businessmen on the boat, the ones who are responsible for the construction. Now it’s their turn to demonstrate their faith in their project, staying on the boat under the bridge while 24 loaded trucks are packed into a dense spot. Dressed in black. Just in case. This is a view from top of the bridge of them floating underneath.
You won’t believe it, but there is a tradition of putting the chief managers of the project on a boat and floating it under the bridge. This time they did it, too. Some photographers were offered a place on the boat. Most of them kindly refused the voyage.
Wizarden was not very happy with the test. Why? “I was hoping that they would put as many trucks as it needed to cover ALL of the bridge. I saw they were doing that in the old photos.” He probably has little compassion for all these contractors on the boat beneath the bridge.