KRONSHTADT, August 14 (Itar-Tass) —— A giant transport ring of over 140 kilometers has been complete around St. Petersburg with the putting into service of a link between the southern and northern banks of the Gulf of Finland and a 1.9-kilometer tunnel under the sea canal. The city is now protected from floods.
“The neverending construction project of Leningrad and St. Petersburg is now over. It started in the end of the 1970s. Due to political and financial reasons the construction of the dam resumed and ended sporadically. Massive works started in the past decade only when the dam became a part of the transport route around St. Petersburg and the city infrastructure,” head of the city transport infrastructure committee Boris Murashev told Itar-Tass on Friday.
In all, the city has eleven dams. The land section of 116.7 kilometers was fully built in November 2010 giving a transit route to vehicles and links to the federal routes Rossiya, Kola and Scandinavia. The project is a part of the federal program of the development of Russia’s transport system in 2010-2015. It will connect the city center to the new ports and logistic centers.
The project costs over 139.6 billion rubles. The planned average speed of vehicles will be 120 kilometers per hour. Up to 70,000-110,000 vehicles may used the route daily. There are about 80 intersections and bridges and two tunnels on the route. Helicopter pads are built along the road.