First Russia-China Bridge Across The Amur River Border Is Completed
The construction of its first rail bridge from Russia to China, connecting the two countries across the Amur River has just been completed. Construction of the 2,200-meter bridge between Nizhneleninskoye in Russia and Tongjiang city in China began in 2014, underlining Russia’s move to develop ties with China. The two sides jointly worked on the project, with China completing construction of its section across what it calls the Heilongjiang (Black Dragon) River in October last year. Russia has now finished its side and installed the final steel beam into its section of the bridge.
Other works are expected to be completed in July. The bridge is expected to serve as an international goods transportation channel with an annual shipment volume of 21 million tonnes and 1.5 million passengers when it opens later this year. 2019. The bridge itself is 2.2 km long, while the corresponding track infrastructure is 19.9 km long and cost US$355 million.
“China and Russia are developing their cross-border infrastructure fast” says Chris Devonshire-Ellis of Dezan Shira & Associates, “and this new bridge provides a route for Chinese goods into the Russian Far East and onto key fast developing cities such as Skovorodino, Blagoveshchensk and Khabarovsk, all part of the emerging Siberian commercial development and consumer landscape.”
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