The Crimean Bridge (transport crossing over the Kerch Strait)

The Crimean Bridge (transport crossing over the Kerch Strait)

The construction of the transport crossing, performed by STROYGAZMONTAZH, is underway. The crossing will link the Crimean Peninsula with the Taman Peninsula.

Client: Taman Federal Highway Agency
Total length: 19 km
Over water length: over 7 km

Traffic capacity:
  • up to 40 thousand vehicles per day
  • up to 47 train pairs per day
Completion date: 2019 (highway opening date: 2018)

Transport crossing over the Kerch Strait is a giant Russia’s top-priority infrastructure project. After completion it’ll be the longest bridge in Europe and one of the longest in the world.

Two parallel structures – one for four-lane road and another for double-track rail road – will link the Crimea with the Taman Peninsula. It’ll be built over the Strait, across the Tuzla Island and the Tuzla Spit. When in operation the Bridge will provide the consistent connection of the mainland with the peninsula, giving a new impetus to investment activities and tourism in the region. An arch span, 227-meter long and 35-meter high, will be built over the navigable part of the Kerch – Yeni-Kale Channel.

The route has been chosen and the design was worked out with due regard to geological and ecological aspects of the area: complex non-uniform seabed, seismic activities, etc. The project was carefully planned, thus the ferry services will be available at all stages of bridge construction. The bridge will avoid areas of tectonic faults and mud volcanoes, as well as important natural and historical sites. There will be no impact to existing infrastructure.

Unique technical solutions used for bridge construction provide excess structural strength and seismic resistance, thus 595 bridge pillars will be used along with 7 thousand piles of three types: prismatic, tubular and bored. Some piles will be driven at angles to make the construction more stable.

The construction activities are extensively performed on 8 sections of the crossing simultaneously. All temporary infrastructure facilities are in place: 3 working bridges of 5-km long (total length), which can be used in any weather conditions, including windstorms. There were constructed the bypass roads for cargo transport, four concrete mixing stations and unloading terminals, thus enabling smooth procurement and fast rates of construction.