Crimean Bridge now open to railway traffic
On December 23, 2019, the Crimean Bridge opened to railway traffic. Construction of the Crimean Bridge began in February 2016. In May 2018, the road part of the bridge with a length of approximately 16 km opened to automobile traffic. The length of the railway part is 18 km 118 m. The total length of the bridge is 19 km, making it the longest bridge in Russia and Europe. The estimated speed of passenger and freight trains will be 120 kmh and 80 kmh, respectively.
The cost of construction of the Kerch Strait (Crimean) Bridge totalled RUB227.92 billion. Mostotrest's share in the total construction volume was about RUB140 billion.
Mostotrest erected most of the supports and installed spans along the entire length of the road and railway bridges. Specifically, pipes were immersed in offshore conditions and on land; bored piles, grillages and support bodies were installed; spans were assembled and slid; spans were fused and support elements installed. The project also involved arrangement of the bridge bed, including concrete levelling and waterproofing, installation of monolithic parapet, barrier fencing and expansion joints, as well as construction of an embankment on the Taman side. In the course of execution, Mostotrest ensured continuous industrial environmental control and monitoring. Work was carried out around the clock in two shifts and did not stop even in bad weather.
The now fully operational Crimean Bridge will provide direct road and rail links with Crimea and Sevastopol, boost regional tourism and investment in Crimea and Kuban, support the stability of trade between the peninsula and mainland Russia, and spur economic development of Southern Russia.
The bridge does not hamper navigation in the Kerch Strait. Vessels pass under the bridge through 227 m long arched spans that rise 35 m above water surface.On December 23, a St. Petersburg - Sevastopol train departed from the Moscovsky Railway Station in St. Petersburg, which is scheduled to cross the bridge on the night of December 25, to become the first-ever passenger train to cross the new Crimean Bridge.
Mostotrest PJSC is the largest diversified infrastructure construction company with a footprint across all key and related market segments, and a participant in pioneering public-private partnership projects in Russia. According to the EMBS Group, an independent industry consultancy, Mostotrest 2016 share of the Russian transport infrastructure construction market was 14.6%.
The Mostotrest Group core business segments include construction and reconstruction of bridges (including road, railway and city bridges), roads and other transport infrastructure, as well as road maintenance, repair and operation services. In 2012, Mostotrest also diversified into road concession management.
The company was founded in 1930 for the construction of off-gauge and extra-large bridges.
Currently, Mostotrest is involved in the implementation of a number of complex integrated transport infrastructure projects, such as construction of several segments of the M-11 Moscow - St. Petersburg Highway, construction and reconstruction of segments of the M-4 «Don» Highway, as well as construction of the Kerch Strait Bridge.For more detailed information about Mostotrest please visit: www.mostotrest.ru