Bridge Disentis Sedrun
Brücke Russeiner Tobel, Sumvitg
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The RusseinerBrücke was one of the first bridges in Switzerland to be built according to the system of William Howe. It is under the protection of the Canton of Graubünden. The wood – 450 logs for the bridge and another 400 for the scaffolding – was supplied by the two communities involved. The costs for the wood and transports amounted to 18,900 francs, the construction itself cost 21,900 francs. On November 10, 1857, the bridge was inaugurated. After 1938, traffic was routed over the newly built concrete bridge and the old wooden structure threatened to disintegrate. Schoolchildren from the surrounding area raised money to save them by going from house to house and reciting a poem by the Disentis priest Giusep Durschei. This commitment prompted residents to found the association "Pro Punt Russein". Together with the support of the Confederation and the Canton of Graubünden, the necessary funds for the rehabilitation of the bridge were procured. In 1981 the bridge was renovated. In 1937, the construction of a new bridge began, as the old wooden bridge was only approved for vehicles weighing up to 5 tons even after an undervoltage in 1914.
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