Khabarovsk Governor told about the benefits of a bridge to Sakhalin for the economy

© RIA Novosti / Igor Megaliterature in fotomonster Shikotan. Archival photoKhabarovsk Governor told about the benefits of a bridge to Sakhalin for the economy© RIA Novosti / Igor Megaliterature the image Bank

The construction of the bridge from the mainland to the island of Sakhalin will develop the three regions of the Khabarovsk territory, through which will pass the railway, told reporters on Friday the Governor of Khabarovsk territory Vyacheslav Shport.

During the «straight line» on Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on resuscitation of plans for the construction of the crossing from the mainland to Sakhalin. He named the approximate cost of the project is 286 billion. Putin also noted that considering the idea to build the bridge and the tunnel, but the decision is still pending.

Under the current draft, the railway bridge is planned to be built at the narrowest point of the Tatar Strait separating Sakhalin from the mainland — the Nevelsky Strait (approximately 56 km). The bridge will be part of the future 580-kilometer railway between the village selikhino, Khabarovsk Krai and the Sakhalin village of Nysh. Now, the goods between the island and the mainland are transported via ferry Vanino — Kholmsk, depending on weather conditions.

«Construction of Khabarovsk Krai this is advantageous in that the railway will pass through three districts of the Krai – Komsomolsk, Nikolaev and Ulchi, where there are no roads. This will lead to the development of the territory, improve the quality of life of people and the emergence of new jobs. Railway in any case — though a tunnel, though the most — profitable», — said Shport.

He noted that during his work as the Deputy of the state Duma of the Russian Federation (1999-2007), experts from Moscow conducted a deep research in the Strait. Were two options — a tunnel or a bridge, but then the project was abandoned. Meanwhile, the coastal zone of the Khabarovsk territory, the ports of Vanino and Sovgavan is a point growth in the region. The needs of companies that implement their projects exceed the capacity of the existing railway, and this is the direction we need to develop is to expand the BAM, go to electric traction.

The construction of the railway bridge «Sakhalin-continent» was included in the strategy of development of railway transport of Russia and the strategy for socio-economic development of the Far East and Transbaikalia for the period till 2025.

Khabarovsk Governor told about the benefits of a bridge to Sakhalin for the economy© RIA Novosti, Infographicsrussia the words «Straight line» with Vladimir Putin