It is worth noting that the bridge over the Lena has been "waiting" for several decades. The need for its construction was discussed back in the 80s, but to this day have not decided to start.
The thing is that the Lena River has a very wide and complex channel. In addition, a rapidly moving ice mass literally “sweeps” all obstacles. As a result, extremely complex requirements are imposed on the design of the future “giant”.
Our country was ready to start an ambitious project back in 2014. However, then the priority was given to the Crimean bridge. However, this is for the better. Since we have gained good experience in its construction.
The bridge across the Lena will allow connecting the two shores of Yakutia, the largest region in Russia in terms of area. Now, for 7 months of the year, crossing is carried out directly on ice and ferries. The rest of the time aviation is used. At the same time, the construction is worth considering in conjunction with other infrastructural transformations in Yakutia, which are already underway.
This summer, the first train to the Nizhny Bestyakh station began to run in the region. However, the railroad tracks, again, actually “ran into” the river. In addition, the construction of a cargo terminal consonant with the station has recently begun, which will allow transshipment of cargo to ships and delivery to the Arctic. And finally, in the village of Zhatay, the construction of a shipyard started, which by 2036 will be able to provide the country with 130 units of new river vessels.
The above measures, together with the bridge over the Lena River, will allow the creation of a transport and logistics hub in Yakutsk, combining 3 federal routes, as well as 3 regional roads. In turn, this will contribute to an increase in cargo transportation by 3 times and will lead to an increase in local economics.