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'Right on the bank of the river there is a station Ob, a big trading city with magnificent cathedral, great schools and shops — very American-like.'
1904, priest Mitrophan Serebryaniy

Bridging east and west - elegant new Siberian landmark opened by president

By Anna Liesowska
08 October 2014

New crossing on the Ob River has the longest arch span in Russia and world's largest mesh arch.

The arch span is 380 metres, which makes it the biggest in Europe. Picture: Pavel Miroshnikov

This spectacular new bridge in Novosibirsk is a great new feature on the Siberian landscape. Crossing the Ob, the world's seventh longest river, was a matter of supreme importance in linking east with west in Russian history and the new bridge - the third in Novosibirsk - comes as the country emphasises the importance of its Asian face. 

The first bridge - carrying the Trans-Siberian Railway -  opened in 1897 spurring the growth of Novonikolaevsk, the tsarist-era name of Novosibirsk.

The president of Sibmost bridge building company Albert Koshkin explained about the new crossing: 'The arch span is 380 metres, which makes it the biggest in Europe. The arch design is unique, with metal contour and shrouds inside it.'

New crossing on the Ob River has the longest arch span in Russia and world's largest mesh arch


New crossing on the Ob River has the longest arch span in Russia and world's largest mesh arch


New crossing on the Ob River has the longest arch span in Russia and world's largest mesh arch

New crossing on the Ob River has the longest arch span in Russia and world's largest mesh arch. Pictures: Pavel Miroshnikov

President Vladimir Putin - who arrived in the city after a day off in the Siberian taiga to mark his 62nd birthday - said: 'This is a very important facility for the development of infrastructure in Siberia'.

The $420 million Bugrinsky bridge has a total length of 5.4 kilometres, according to Itar-Tass. It will ease chronic traffic problems in Siberia's largest city.

The bridge is one of many landmark infrastructure projects across Siberia reflecting the government's goal of making development of the east of the country a national priority for the 21st century. The third crossing has been three decades in the planning. 

The total length of the metal guys connecting the arch with the bridge is 9 kilometres. 

New crossing on the Ob River has the longest arch span in Russia and world's largest mesh arch


New crossing on the Ob River has the longest arch span in Russia and world's largest mesh arch


New crossing on the Ob River has the longest arch span in Russia and world's largest mesh arch

The $420 million Bugrinsky bridge should ease chronic traffic problems in Siberia's largest city. Pictures: Kremlin.ru 

Putin used his visit to Novosibirsk to demand a higher standard of road building in Russia. 

'This is a never-ending and always topical subject everywhere, and in Russia all the more so,' he said.

'We all know what a pressing issue this is, and how vitally important it is for our country's life. Economic growth, business competitiveness, comprehensive regional development and successful achievement of our social goals are all directly dependent on our ability to resolve this issue'.

Comments (6)

It truly is a beautiful bridge.
Josh Womble, Novosibirsk, Russia
25/09/2015 18:40
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Good work!!! and I see your sturgeon are coming back too!
Bob Rodger, Halifax, NS Canada
29/10/2014 23:34
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Mr. Putin State "'We all know what a pressing issue this is, and how vitally important it is for our country's life. Economic growth, business competitiveness, comprehensive regional development and successful achievement of our social goals are all directly dependent on our ability to resolve this issue"
So why waste time and energy in Ukraine that will not contribute one iota to the great nation of Russia.
Bo Rosberg, Madison, Alabama
22/11/2014 01:48
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Building bridges is a positive way to look to the future.
Alaska to Siberia please. The Arctic will be expanding.

Thanks for letting me comment.
Spencer Giesea, NW USA
21/10/2014 22:43
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Your new bridge is really nice; especially when it's lit up. Mr Putin should now be building again his own bridge to the world (even West) and not putting up a "Wall"!
Jaker, Dundalk
10/10/2014 10:03
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1247 Feet, almost 1/4 mile long. Nice piece of design work.
I just happen to be a retired Bridge builder, who can really appreciate such a beautiful structure.
Wish I could have been there for the for the ribbon cutting ceremony.
Darwin Hardy, Hurricane, Utah USA
09/10/2014 04:25
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