A Major Repair Project for Dubingiai Bridge, Acknowledged as Cultural Heritage, is under Preparation

August 28, 2019

TEC Infrastructure, UAB begins the preparation of the project for the major repair works of Dubingiai Bridge over the lake Asveja, the company will also be responsible for the supervision of the implementation of the project. The major repairs of the bridge over the lake Asveja on the regional road of national significance No. 2812 Joniškis–Dubingiai–Dirmeitai–Paberžė 15,277 km will be carried out in accordance with the technical project prepared by the company. The Client of the project – Road Administration under the Ministry of Transport and Communications, the Contractor – “Tiltuva”, UAB.

The history of the bridge begins in 1933 when the President of Lithuania, Antanas Smetona, could not enter the town when he came to Dubingiai. By the request of the residents of the town then it has been decided to build a bridge here. This bridge was solemnly opened in 1934 in the presence of A. Smetona himself. According to the data of Molėtai Tourism and Business Information Centre, it is the first wooden bridge of 75.4 m of length over the lake in Lithuania, and one of six largest wooden bridges still in operation in the country. The bridge has been included into the list of Immovable Cultural Property (https://kvr.kpd.lt/#/).

The bridge and the landscape surrounding it belong to the territory of the Asveja Regional Park. There is a peninsula of Dubingiai Castle Site on one of its side, and on the other – the lake of Asveja and the slopes rising from its bed. Dubingiai Bridge no longer complies with the safe use of the structure and the essential environmental requirements, and poses a risk to pedestrian and traffic safety due to poor pole condition. After the major repairs the supporting structures will be replaced without any changes to the outer dimensions, wooden underwater poles will be replaced with the metal ones, and the ones above the water – with the new wooden ones, as well as wooden guardrails and handrails will be installed.

“All intended changes to this special structure will be carried out in compliance with the requirements of the Department of Cultural Heritage for heritage objects under management. We have a great deal of experience with similar objects at cultural heritage territories, and we always look deeply into the history and the environment of the object so that the structure would not only be in a good working order but it would also naturally blend into the environment” – says the Project Manager-Coordinator of TEC Infrastructure, Andrius Indriliūnas.

It is planned that the major repairs of Dubingiai Bridge will be completed before the end of 2020.