VLADIVOSTOK, November 25 (Itar-Tass) —— A new highway was opened for traffic here on Friday. This highway connected the Vladivostok suburbs and remote residential areas bypassing main residential areas. First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov and Governor of the Primorsky Territory could assess all advantages of the new highway at a ceremony to commission the highway.
This highway is only a part of the Settlement Novy-De Friz-Sedanka-Patrokl highway under construction 42 kilometres long. The four-lane high speed highway will connect the Vladivostok airport and the Russky Island. The construction of the highway was launched in November 2009 as part of Vladivostok’s preparations for the APEC summit. The highway is built with the use of the special material – cement concrete, which gives a high rigidity and endurance of the road surface that makes this highway the most modern in the Far East.
The new highway will enable to ease the traffic load from the Khabarovsk-Vladivostok highway. The motorists will be able to drive to the countryside bypassing resort and recreation zones of the Muravyev-Amursky Peninsula. Even now when only a part of the highway is opened for traffic, this makes it possible to alleviate by 30-40% the traffic on the central streets of the city.
“This highway is the collective work of designers, engineers and ordinary builders. I know that they worked well, worked selflessly in the hardest weather conditions, building the highway in short deadlines and this is worth respect,” Shuvalov said. “We value a good work of the companies, which did not break the deadlines and did not swindle. After these investment projects these professional workers can hope for new contracts in the Primorsky Territory and in other territories of the region,” he noted.
The highway will opened fully for the traffic in the summer 2012, when a four-kilometre low-water bridge across the Amur Bay is commissioned. The builders connected all bridge spans in the single bridge a few days ago. Before 2012 the builders will have to build a five-kilometre section to the bridge on the Russky Island.
The first deputy prime minister offered Vladivostok residents to drive on the commissioned section of the highway and make their proposals on its further construction. By the summer 2012 these proposals will be taken into account, when the full highway is commissioned, the first deputy prime minister pledged.