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MOSCOW, August 2. /TASS/. The construction of the railway approach tracks to the Kerch Strait Bridge is on schedule; tracks will be commissioned before the bridge, press service of the Russian Transport Ministry told TASS on Tuesday.
"Changing the name of the customer structure is technical in nature and does not affect the construction schedule of the railway approach tracks to the bridge across the Kerch Strait. The design stage is complete. Construction of railway approach tracks will in sync with the construction of a railway bridge. The tracks will be commissioned before the bridge," the press service said.
It was reported earlier that the total cost of construction of a bridge across the Kerch Strait will amount to 227.9 bln rubles ($3.54 bln) in the prices of the respective years. It includes the costs of the project contractor Stroygazmontazh and ordering customer - the Federal Road Agency department Taman.
The bridge across the Kerch Strait is a road-rail bridge intended to span the Strait of Kerch between the Kerch Peninsula of Crimea and the Taman Peninsula of Krasnodar Krai. Total length is expected to be 19 km. The project will include construction of a 2-lane railroad with daily capacity of 47 trains and a 4-lane highway with speed limit of 120 kph and daily capacity of 40,000 vehicles.
The first line of the cable crossing across the Kerch Strait was put into service in pilot conditions on December 2, 2015. The second line increasing the power bridge capacity to 400 MW was commissioned on December 15.