In St. Petersburg, Putin will open the Central portion of the Western diameter

В Петербурге Путин откроет центральный участок Западного диаметра

President Vladimir Putin will take part in the opening ceremony of the labor movement in the Central section of Western high speed diameter (WHSD) in St. Petersburg, reported the press service of the Kremlin.

“The head of state will participate in the opening ceremony of the Central stretch of the Western high-speed diameter. The project is part of the international transport corridor “North — South” and is a paid inner-city multi-lane highway, which will give the opportunity to drive around the metropolis in less than 20 minutes and ensure the accessibility of Sea port of St. Petersburg”, — said the press service.

Western high-speed diameter (WHSD) is the first toll highway in St. Petersburg, which is under construction since 2005. The movement has already commenced on the southern and Northern sections with a total length of about 35 kilometers. The Central section of a length of 11.7 kilometer pipeline will connect the Vasilyevsky island with the Admiralty and Coastal areas. The total length of the WHSD will be 46.6 kilometers.

Minister of transport Maxim Sokolov, Governor of St. Petersburg Georgy Poltavchenko, on 8 November, told Putin about the completion of construction of the WHSD.

Financing and construction arrangements of the Central portion of the Western diameter is carried out by a consortium “Northern capital Highway”. The participants of the consortium are VTB Capital, Gazprombank, Astaldi (Italy), Iсtas Insaat (Turkey) as contractors-building, Inssaat Mega Yapi ve Ticaret (Turkey) — technical Advisor to the contractors.