Minister Alexey Chekunkov and Governor Vasily Orlov checked the progress of the Zeya Bridge construction works

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Project Manager of BTS-MOST JSC Eduard Davydov described the basic characteristics of the bridge and future plans.

Minister for the Development of the Russian Far East and Arctic Alexey Chekunkov and Governor Vasily Orlov visited the right-bank construction site of a bridge across the Zeya River. This bridge is the largest facility that is being built as a part of the regional Road and Transport Infrastructure Development Program on the instructions of the President of the Russian Federation. Construction started in 2020, a year ahead of the schedule.

Project Manager of BTS-MOST JSC Eduard Davydov described the basic characteristics of the bridge and future plans.

The total length of the facility is nine kilometers, of which two kilometers make up a bridge part and seven kilometers are approaches on the left bank, a roadbed and two interchanges between regional and federal highways.

“The facility is more than 50% ready, the client has accepted the executed works in the amount of 9.3 billion rubles, the works completed in 2021 are worth 7.9 billion rubles,” Eduard Davydov reported.

As for now, 13 out of 26 bridge supports are completely ready. The work is being carried out simultaneously at seven supports. In 2021, 1.6 million cubic meters of material were put into the “embankment’s body” of approaches to the bridge. In 2022, it is planned to fill about a million cubic meters more.

The Minister asked when the facility would be ready.

“Commissioning will take place in September, 2023. In summer, there appeared a backlog of work due to flooding. The technology has been reconsidered. Today, we are doing our utmost to build supports during the winter period. The pandemic has not affected us. We have established a course of actions since the very beginning – people are kept under observation and undergo testing. The facility employs 800 people plus the subcontractor’s workers. There are 140 units of machinery. The machinery park necessary for the construction has been equipped,” Project Manager of BTS-MOST JSC Eduard Davydov commented.

Governor Vasily Orlov pointed out that this company had performed at its best. The company’s portfolio includes the international bridge across the Amur River, a new overpass across the Trans-Siberian Railway in Svobodny, which was built in a short time to replace the collapsed one.

“We have prepared design documentation for four more overpasses across the Trans-Siberian Railway. They are to be constructed within the general Modernization Program of the “Eastern Polygon”. Many towns and cities are practically divided by the Trans-Siberian Railway. Today, the inter-train interval is no more than six minutes, when the cargo traffic hits 250 million tons per year, the inter-train interval will take a little more than four minutes. It will become a serious obstacle for people, it is necessary to upgrade the infrastructure. Together with the RF Ministry of Transport we are elaborating a concession agreement on the construction of overpasses. BTS-MOST will be the concessionaire,” Vasily Orlov said.

Gorky Street that is being reconstructed as the main approach to the bridge has also been shown to Minister for the Development of the Russian Far East and Arctic Alexey Chekunkov. In 2021, 2.2 km of the street was reconstructed. The work is carried out as part of the national project “Safe and High-quality Roads”. In 2022, the reconstruction of the street will continue. The utility networks leading to the bridge (6 blocks) will be completely replaced, 4 blocks will be repaired using reinforced road pavement, storm sewers will be replaced, sidewalks will be constructed, lighting will be improved. In 2023, 4 more street sections leading to the new bridge will be reconstructed in an integrated way, the completion date is on September 1, 2023.

Source: Government of the Amur Region

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