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Russia to resume traffic on Crimean bridge in September, one span beyond repair

Crimean bridge
The aftermath of an explosion under the Crimean Bridge on 17 July 2023. Photo via subsribers of the Russian Telegram Channel Baza.
Russia to resume traffic on Crimean bridge in September, one span beyond repair

One span of the damaged Crimean Bridge cannot be restored, according to the Russian news media RIA Novosti, which cited a statement by Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister, Marat Khusnullin, at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and during Khusnullin’s conversation with journalists.

Russia will launch two-way traffic on one side of the Crimean Bridge on 15 September and on the other side in November 2023, according to Marat Khusnullin.

“Based on the results of a visual inspection of the spans, it was found that one span of the road section towards Taman [Krasnodar region in southwestern Russia, which is connected to the occupied Crimean peninsula by the Crimean Bridge – ed.] was completely destroyed and cannot be restored,”  Marat Khusnullin said. “Another span on the other side in the direction of Kerch is damaged, with an axial displacement of 70-80 centimeters, and is on a support,” Khusnullin added.

Russian authorities plan to resume traffic on the Crimean Bridge in reverse mode in one lane. On 17 July, the first test trucks will be launched at midnight, and “if everything goes well, cars will be launched at one in the morning,” Khusnullin said.

 

Considering that floating cranes cannot access the damaged support, a temporary bridge will have to be built for the work, Khusnullin added. The railway part of the bridge is operating in normal mode, and there is no damage to the bridge supports, according to Khusnullin.

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