The road-transport arch of the Crimean Bridge was taken to the navigation pass of the Kerch-Yenikalsky Channel, the “Crimean Bridge” Information Center reported on Wednesday, October 11. The structure was manufactured at the “Voronezhstalmost” Plant, Deputy Director of the plant Sergei Mukha told the RIA “Voronezh” reporter.

The arch was transported via a floating system controlled by a fleet, ships and motorboats. The process was operated by over 100 people – sailors, engineers, divers, navigation specialists and electricians.

Sailors are preparing to take the floating piers with an arch span into the opening between the navigation pass pillars of the Crimean Bridge. The arch installation will take up to three days.

The floating system will be “pulled up” with pile-supported anchors, anchor ropes and other special equipment 300 meters away from the opening.

– After transporting, lifting and mounting the railway arch on the pillars in August, we’ve gained some experience. So during the period between the first and second rafting we’ve done some great engineering work, a step-by-step analysis of all the performed operations. The installation of the second arch is a just as complicated process that requires extreme concentration, - Deputy CEO of “SGM-Most” Company Dmitry Kondakov told.

The “Voronezhstalmost” Plant entered a contract for manufacturing approximately 20 thousand tons of metalwork for the bridge. The first batch for Crimea was shipped in May of 2016. Earlier, “Voronezhstalmost” built a railway arch for the Crimean Bridge.

RIA “Voronezh” note for information

The Kerch Bridge will become one of the largest ones in Russia. The 19 km bridge will consist of parallel automobile and railway tracks. According to the plan, traffic will be open on the new bridge in the standard operating mode in December of 2018. In 2019, after all the startup-setup operations and territory development, the bridge will be put into commission completely. The automobile track will consist of four lanes, the design speed is 120 km/h. Its traffic capacity is up to 40 thousand cars per day. The two railway tracks will have the traffic capacity of up to 47 pairs of trains per day. The bridge will not interfere with navigation in the Kerch Strait.