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Old March 4th, 2014, 04:47 PM   #1
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Kerch Strait Bridge

Kerch Strait Bridge

Somehow, out of the situation in Crimea, plans to build this bridge have been revived.

Wikipedia Article
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kerch_Strait_Bridge

Other SSC Threads (in Russian):
4.5-kilometre bridge to link Crimea with Russia

Мост через Керченский пролив

Мост через Керченский пролив (same title, another forum)

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Russia says it will build bridge to Crimea
MOSCOW Mon Mar 3, 2014 3:56pm GMT
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/0...A221EM20140303

Medvedev said on Monday that Russia would press ahead with plans to build bridge linking Russia directly with Ukraine's Crimea region, which Moscow has wrested from Kiev's control in the past few days.

Under discussion for years, a bridge linking southern Russia's Krasnodar region with Crimea would give Russia a transport link to the prized Black Sea peninsula that would bypass the rest of Ukraine.

Medvedev told deputies that Russia and Ukraine had signed "documents related to a project for construction of a transport corridor across the Kerch Strait" in December, when the now-ousted Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich was still in power.

Medvedev said he had signed an order putting a state roadbuilding company in charge of the project "in order to shift this work into the practical realm, regardless of the political situation", according to a government transcript of his meeting.

The political situation has changed dramatically since December, when Russia promised Yanukovich a $15 billion bailout widely seen as a reward for his decision to shelve planned deals with the European Union and improve ties with Moscow.

Ukraine's about-face triggered opposition protests that led to bloody confrontation with the government and toppled Yanukovich, who fled Kiev more than a week ago to surface in Russia on Friday.

Russian forces have effectively taken control of Crimea, which has an ethnic Russian majority and hosts a Russian naval base, causing an outcry in the West and among Ukraine's new, pro-European leaders in Kiev.

Ukraine said Russia was building up armoured vehicles on its side of the Kerch Strait after President Vladimir Putin secured the consent of his loyal parliament to invade Ukraine if he deems it necessary, citing the need to protect the Russians there.

The Kerch Strait links the Black and Azov Seas and separates the eastern end of Crimea from the Russian territory. The body of water, about 4.5 km (3 miles) wide, can now be crossed by ferry.

(Writing by Steve Gutterman; Editing by Alison Williams)
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Old March 4th, 2014, 05:02 PM   #2
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Russia and Crimea build bridges
2014 February 4
http://en.portnews.ru/comments/1742/



Amid dissolution of Ukraine, Russia has “recalled” the project on construction of a bridge over the Kerch Strait which was conceived as far back as at the time of … the Third Reich. The project is valued at $3 bln.

History repeats itself?

The construction of the bridge over the Kerch Strait was once started by the Germans during the Second World War. After the war the construction was completed by Soviet builders but it has not survived the ice drift. Present-day Russia returned to the idea in 2010 when Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovich addressed the President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev with a suggestion to execute the project by the Olympic Games Sochi-2014. The Russian side appreciated the suggestion. However the Olympics is about to begin while the things are still right where they started. The project was apparently “frozen” because of its value hitting up to $4 bln – neither Ukraine, nor Russia (which has already spent a lot) had “money to spare” on that scale.

Nevertheless, Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Igor Shuvalov has recently instructed related authorities to commence the development of the project on building the bridge over the Kerch Strait. The Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs shall coordinate with the Ukrainian side the technical design specifications for an engineering survey and a feasibility study. Avtodor public company or one of its subsidiaries is supposed to be chosen as the ordering customer of the above works.

The Ministry of Transport, the Ministry of Economic Development, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs shall submit proposals on the timeframes for the construction of a transport bridge across the Kerch Strait with regard to design alternatives. Besides, The Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Economic Development and the Ministry of Transport shall study the issue and submit proposals on a special tax regime for the construction and use of the transport bridge across the Kerch Strait.

Проект моста через Керченский проливIt should be noted that Russia is not in the best financial situation today. In this context, renewed interest to the project can be explained by a geopolitical situation related to the threat of dissolution of Ukraine. Sevastopol is still the base of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet though the preparations are in progress for its location in Novorossiysk. The bridge would strengthen the positions of Moscow at the peninsula and in Ukraine as a whole.

According to the Council of Ministers of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea several variants of the passage are being considered today. The first – only for the motor transport, the second – the speedway will be supplied with the railway, the third – also envisages a gas pipeline. The fourth variant includes the abovementioned plus the high voltage grid.

The final decision is to be taken upon completion of the feasibility study which is to take about half a year. Then designing is to begin. Experts say the construction is to last 4-5 years. The project is valued at $1.5-3 bln. The pay-back period - 5-10 years. A joint Ukraine-Russia enterprise is to be established to arrange the financial on a parity basis.

According to the pre-design earlier developed by Spetsfundamentstroi LLC there should be a 15-meter wide highway and a railway. The pre-design also says the Kerch Strait will be crossed by 10 mln persons per year. Besides, it will be used for transportation of liquefied gas by road and railway tankers. The bridge will reduce the way from Ukraine to the Krasnodar Territory by about 450 km. It will be 4.5 km long. The company also said that the construction could take 2 years in case of the political will and financing. However, the pre-design was developed in line with the idea to build the bridge by the Olympics-2014 in Sochi so it is far from certain that it will be used today.

Nevertheless, the bridge is not likely to facilitate navigation in the Strait. Additional structures in the sea only hamper navigation. The bridge is to be high enough for large vessels and drilling platforms to pass under. Besides, the project is to affect the activities of port Kavkaz with its auto/passenger ferry complex Kuban-Crimea and rail ferry complex Anroskrym.

We’d like to remind that similar project was implemented by the APEC Summit – the bridge to Russkiy island was built. Besides, the construction of bridges to Sakhalin and Alaska is under discussion from time to time.



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Old March 4th, 2014, 06:06 PM   #3
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Evidence that the idea for this bridge has been around for some time. I get the feeling he was inspired somewhat from the Forth Bridge.


Strait of Kerch


Old Design


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Nice video (its in Russian but the graphics are understandable too)
http://www.behance.net/gallery/Kerch-Strait-Bridge/1855769



Slideshow with some designs
http://www.behance.net/gallery/Kerch...Bridge/1855769

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Old March 15th, 2014, 06:00 AM   #4
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It seems to me that the more pressing (very pressing) need is for a high power electricity transmission line across the Kerch Strait.

Does anyone know how long it takes to build a roughly 100 km (Krasnodar-Kerch) 1GigaWatt transmission line? Can such a line be built from scratch under wartime conditions in less than the two months available?

Since much of Ukraine will be going dark in May 2014 if the embargo on shipping nuclear fuel from Russia to Ukraine is sustained (which it likely will be for political reasons since Ukraine has threatened it intends to build a nuclear weapon).
http://bellona.org/news/nuclear-issu...mposed-embargo

All this talk about gas! Nuclear fuel is much more crucial since a nuclear station actually consumes electric power when it is de-fueled. Oh, and there is no other source for fuel, Westinghouse tried for ten years and could not make any that was safe for use in Ukrainian reactors.
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Old April 3rd, 2014, 02:57 AM   #5
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Russia-Crimeia Bridge

crimeia deserves....

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Old April 8th, 2014, 01:44 AM   #6
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Well, this is interesting project!
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Old April 8th, 2014, 05:21 PM   #7
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Скоро начнут строить, сейчас решаются все вопросы
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Old July 2nd, 2014, 12:16 PM   #8
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When construction is planned to be started?
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Old July 2nd, 2014, 06:52 PM   #9
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the project to be finished this autumn.
So in my mind the construction will be started next year and take approximately 3 years

The government plans to complete the construction of this bridge right before world cup '18
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Old July 12th, 2014, 09:14 PM   #10
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In this video the bridge will be built over the Tuzla-Split, not from Port Kavkaz.

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Dmitry Kozak, Deputy PM, 2014-07-31:
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Evgeny Moskvichev, Head of State Duma Transport Committee, 2014-08-13:
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* Construction will start in November
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Maxim Sokolov, Transport Minister, 2014-08-15:
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* China Communication Construction Company (CCCC) will take part
* Engineering survey nearing completion
* Preparatory construction works expected to start in August
* Completed by December 16, 2018
http://en.itar-tass.com/russia/745214
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Maxim Sokolov, Transport Minister, 2014-09-05:
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* two-track electrified line
* 100 million tonnes of freight a year and a sufficient number of passenger trains
http://en.portnews.ru/news/186571/
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Maxim Sokolov, Transport Minister, 2014-09-05:
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* Ground work already started
Dmitry Medvedev, PM, 2014-09-08:
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* Project worth 228 billion rubles ($8.4 billion)
http://en.itar-tass.com/russia/748523

So, it looks like there's really something going on...
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Old November 29th, 2014, 06:20 AM   #17
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where are the photos?
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Any news? When will construction beginn?
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so, what about this great project? any news?
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Russia is now saying international law means they have to ask Kiev to build the bridge. Not sure how that works since Russia has labeled Kiev a Nazi junta. Awkward, right?

http://www.gazeta.ru/science/2015/01/12_a_6365573.shtml
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