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Russia and China are connected: first bridge between the neighbours is joined together

By The Siberian Times reporter
01 June 2019

Historic $307 million road link across the Amur River - known in China as the Heilongjiang River - will open in April 2020.

It is the first bridge linking the two countries. Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East

The long-awaited bridge more than one kilometre long connects the Russian city of Blagoveshchensk, and  Heihe, a key border city in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province.

It is the first bridge linking the two countries.

Minister for the Development of the Russian Far East, Alexander Kozlov, said on Friday that the bridge ‘should be fully constructed in December 2019’ paving the way for an opening in April 2020.

'The connection of the Russian and Chinese parts of the bridge across the Amur River is an historical moment,’ he said. 

‘This is not just a new transport route between Blagoveshchensk and Heihe, which will certainly give a powerful impetus to the development of trade relations and tourism. 

‘The first bridge between Russia and China is a symbol of friendship between our peoples, trust, a symbol of aspiration for the future.' 

Steel girders that can withstand temperatures as low as minus 60 degrees Celsius were used by Chinese and Russian builders in the frigid region, together with 60,000 sets of steel bolts with ‘high weatherability’, reported China’s news agency Xinhua.

Heihe and Blagoveshchensk face each other across the river and ’as China opens its door wider to the world, the two cities see more vibrant people-to-people exchange and trade ties’, stated the report.

Connection


Connection


Amur bridge


Amur bridge connection


Amur bridge


Amur bridge

Strangely official figures from Russia say the bridge is 1,080 metres in length while the official Chinese media measure it at 1,284 metres. Pictures: Amurskaya Pravda, Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East

The highway bridge was first proposed in 1988 before the fall of the Soviet Union.

Passenger flow between the two cities is expected to reach 1.4 million by 2020, triple the current figure. 

Cargo volume will see a 10-fold increase to 3 million tonnes.

Strangely official figures from Russia say the bridge is 1,080 metres in length while the official Chinese media measure it at 1,284 metres.

Its width is 14.5 metres. 

The bridge is linked to a new 19.9 km stretch of highway. 

Most of the new roadway is in Russia.

Construction of the bridge


Construction of the bridge


Construction of the bridge


Construction of the bridge

The highway bridge was first proposed in 1988 before the fall of the Soviet Union.

Chief Engineer of the company Most (Bridge) Nikolay Rogov said: 'The name of the river from Chinese means 'black dragon'. 

‘And a dragon always behaves unpredictably and aggressively to those who underestimate him. 

'It is impossible to tame him - you have to live in harmony with him. We did it.

'Here the main difficulty, of course, is the river itself. 

‘The water drop at the construction site reaches 10 metres in winter and summer. 

‘During our construction, the maximum was 6 metres. We had to take all this into account.’

Comments (4)

Finally!
David B. Benson , Pullman wa USA
08/06/2019 18:12
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The symbolism of this event is more important than the event itself

The economic world is turning
Phil Jones, Olympia Washington USA
04/06/2019 17:33
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We can go to siberia by road by using this bridge via China,Mongolia.
Rajendra K Gotecha, Jodhpur,India
03/06/2019 23:23
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The photo of the he bridge structure with the light abd clouds behind is so beautiful, like science fiction. May the black dragon bless this human effort.
Psylgar, Hallsville, USA
03/06/2019 12:26
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