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The closure of the bridge over the Korabelny Fairway at the Central section of Western High Speed Diameter (WHSD) took place in St. Petersburg on 9 August.
Maksim Sokolov, the Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation, inspected the progress of works and took part in the official ceremony for the closing span installation.
As reported by the Press Office of the Ministry of Transport, Maksim Sokolov “walked over the bridge, cut the ribbon and assisted to fix the closing segment”.
Currently the utilities installation, carriageway slab concreting and asphalt paving are on-going. Maksim Sokolov noted a high degree of the project completion.
The WHSD Central Section will connect Southern and Northern sections already in operation, making it possible to drive from the north to the south of the city bypassing its centre.
Western High Speed Diameter (WHSD)
WHSD is the first urban toll expressway in St. Petersburg, 46.6 km in length, which comprises a great number of complex engineering structures. The road links the southern and western city districts with the Ring Road, Vasilievsky Island in the center and the Scandinavia highway in the north, and has improved accessibility of the main transport hubs — Pulkovo Airport, the port of St. Petersburg and the Marine Façade passenger terminal. The new expressway has reduced travel times in some city areas by 50-70%.
WHSD features the second and the third longest bridge structures in Russia — Southern mainline flyover with the bridges over the Sea Channel and Korabelny Fairway, 9378 m long, and Northern mainline flyover with the bridges over Petrovsky Fairway and Elagin Fairway, 8794 m long.