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Porkkala Parenthesis - Sevals bro

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Hidden : 03/22/2007
Difficulty:
1.5 out of 5
Terrain:
2 out of 5

Size: Size: small (small)

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Betonisilta on valmistunut

The parenthesis is the name of the period between 28th September 1944 and 26th January 1956, when the Porkkala area was leased to the Soviet Union as a naval base. This meant that the people that leaved in this area in 1944 were forced to leave. They were given nine days to pack everything that they owned and move away. The area that was to be leased was 2/3 of Kirkkonummi, the southern parts of Siuntio, entire Degerby and parts of Inkoo.
It was decided that Porkkala was to be leased for fifty years. The Finnish state paid the farmers and house owners compensation for their lost property. The state demanded repayment of the compensation when the evacuees moved back in 1956.

This is one of nine caches in the Porkkala Parenthesis series.


The real name of this bridge is Vårnäs bro (bro = bridge) but the locals has always called it Sevals bro.
When I placed the cache there was a 139 meter long wooden beam bridge here. That bridge was built by Soviet pioneers in 1948. The bridge was stoutly constructed to withstand heavy military traffic. The bridge was a part of the so called Kabanov road. The Kabanov road is a paved road from the Porkkala road at Biskopsböle through Strömsby and Kantvik to Pikkala. The road is known as the Kabanov road after the last commander of the Soviet base, Lieutenant General Sergei Ivanovich Kabanov.
After the parenthesis the Finnish road authorities took responsibility for the bridge. In 1968 the bridge was repaired and in 1982 the bridge got approved for preservation. The bridge was a part of the public road network until 2007 when it was closed because it was in such a bad condition. In the summer of 2009 the old wooden beam bridge was demolished and in February 2010 a new concrete bridge was opened for traffic.

In spring times there are often ornithologists on the bridge.

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