Construction of the century: the project of a bridge across the Lena River in Yakutia has been approved in Russia


On September 8, an important event occurred - Glavgosexpertiza gave a positive conclusion to the project of a bridge across the Lena River in Yakutia. This means that the “construction of the century” is actually moving from the realm of discussion to the realm of practical implementation.

It is worth noting that the need to build this, without exaggeration, grandiose structure was discussed back in the mid-2012s. In XNUMX, the implementation of a complex project almost began, but a little later the “Crimean Spring” happened and the bridge across the Kerch Strait became a priority.

Finally, the issue of constructing a crossing across the Lena was returned to in 2019. Moreover, despite the difficult geopolitical situation, Russia did not stop working on an important project.

At the moment it is known that the length of the bridge crossing will be 14,5 km, of which 2,5 km is the crossing itself. Approximately 5300 vehicles will cross the bridge every day. The cost of the project will be 132 billion rubles.

It is worth noting that despite the most difficult geological and hydrological conditions, the bridge across the Lena will cost almost twice as much as the Crimean bridge. However, it will not have railway tracks.

Now about why this event is so important for our country.

Firstly, Yakutia is the largest administrative-territorial unit in Russia, and throughout the world. Meanwhile, only 1 million people live here, 600 thousand of whom are simply “cut off” by the Lena River from “mainland” Russia.

There are currently no bridges across the aforementioned river. In winter, people travel by car across the ice; in summer, by ferry crossing. In spring and autumn, the river is impassable, so you can only get to the other side by air, which is extremely expensive and not accessible to everyone.

The problems described above greatly slow down economic development of a very promising region.

However, after completion of construction, the bridge will connect three federal and five regional highways, the Amur-Yakutsk railway, an airport, and a river port. Transport accessibility of Yakutia will thus increase from 20% to 87%.

As a result, the bridge will become the largest “artery” capable of giving a fresh impetus to the economy of Yakutia.

Secondly, even the Soviet Union failed to cope with the task of building a bridge across the Lena. Modern Russia has all the necessary knowledge, skills and means to complete an important project that has been awaiting its turn since the early 80s.

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  1. +4
    18 September 2023 19: 28
    It's better to build than to steal.
    1. +1
      19 September 2023 13: 31
      They will steal at a construction site...
  2. +5
    18 September 2023 19: 41
    A small note. A "half" bridge was approved. Automotive only. A combined road and railway bridge crossing was planned. But there is little money, that’s why it’s like this. But it’s good, at least like this. Better than nothing.
    1. +3
      18 September 2023 20: 44
      There is no railway network on the left bank; building a railway bridge is not economically feasible. The cost of the bridge will clearly exceed the first estimates, but it needs to be created, because the Far Eastern region faces heavy loads due to tension between the PRC and the USA and possible major events, even military ones. This bridge links the shipping of the Lena and the railway route to Magadan, duplicating the BAM along the northern route: NSR - Lena - Yakutsk - railway to Magadan.
      1. +4
        18 September 2023 21: 38
        Sooner or later the question of the railway will come up. it will still be like a transcontinental highway. The bridge was intended to last for decades.
        And so who is against it? Not pedestrian and that's good.
        1. +3
          18 September 2023 22: 22
          There will never be a transcontinental highway through Yakutsk, because geological and economic conditions will not allow it. All highways approach Yakutsk from the south, from the BAM, or from the north, the Lena River. The Yakutsk-Magadan railway route under construction is more a military-political than an economic decision.
          1. +2
            18 September 2023 23: 09
            They once thought the same about the Trans-Siberian Railway.
  3. +2
    18 September 2023 19: 49
    In Kostroma, the construction of a second bridge is also long overdue.
  4. +4
    19 September 2023 00: 59
    Quote from
    It's better to build than to steal.

    How can you steal before you start building?
  5. +1
    19 September 2023 04: 03
    Lena Bridge (“Bridge crossing over the Lena River in the area of ​​the city of Yakutsk”) is a bridge crossing under construction that will connect the Vilyuy federal highway with the Lena and Kolyma highways.
  6. +2
    19 September 2023 05: 53
    Strong news. The country needs it, the people need it. Enemies swallow dust out of anger.
  7. +3
    19 September 2023 16: 31
    There is one more “little” question. Will it be paid? How do we build new roads? They build at the expense of the budget, and then lease them out as a concession, and who makes money from it.
    1. 0
      26 September 2023 08: 27
      they say there will be a fee for trucks, but cars will be free