Stroyproekt representatives visited the construction sites of the Western High Speed Diameter Central Section
On 24 September 2013, a group of senior officials visited the WHSD Central Section to assess construction progress. Vice-Governor of St. Petersburg M. Oganesyan together with I. Lukyanov, General Director of JSC WHD, A. Bnatov, General Director Northern Capital Highway, A. Surovtsev, Technical Director JSC Institute Stroyproekt, representatives of shareholders and lender’s supervisors as well as reporters inspected offshore structures of the project from the Neva and the Gulf of Finland.
During the site visit, the NCH representatives explained that in the water area of the Gulf of Finland temporary flyovers are being erected. These flyovers will be needed for construction of the WHSD main way. In the Big Neva estuary construction of the cable-stayed bridge pier foundations is under way.
In addition to the excursion, an extended presentation of the Central Section of the Project was made for the visitors.
At the short press-conference Mr. Oganesyan expressed his confidence that the WHSD Central Section would be commissioned in time - in the first quarter of 2016.
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.
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