Russian, Chinese Sides Of Railroad Bridge Across Amur River Connected - Investment Fund

Sputnik, 02.04.2019

MOSCOW, April 2 (Sputnik) - The Russian and Chinese sides of the railroad bridge, which is set to create a link between Russia's Far Eastern Jewish Autonomous region and China's Heilongjiang province across the Amur River, have been connected, marking the completion of a key part of the construction work, the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) announced on Tuesday.

"The builders have joined the Russian and Chinese parts of the bridge, spanning more than 130 meters [426 feet] in length and weighing more than 1 thousand tons. Construction on the Russian part of the bridge is ongoing to install the railway track and complete the transport infrastructure," the RDIF said in a press release, published on its official website. 5

RDIF CEO Kirill Dmitriev noted that the construction of the bridge was expected to lead to an over 30 percent increase in the capacity of railroads connecting China and Russia.

"The bridge will significantly increase the turnover of goods and the competitiveness of Russian producers and exporters in the region, reducing the shipment distance to the final consumer by about 700 km [435 miles] compared to other export railway routes," Dmitriev was quoted as saying in the press release.

The bridge will be over 2.2 kilometers long, with China constructing an almost 1.9 kilometers section, and Russia building the other 300 meters. China finished the construction of its side of the bridge back in October 2018.

The capacity of the bridge is expected to reach 20 million tonnes a year. The construction work is expected to be completed by the end of 2019, according to the RDIF.