Construction of the bridge to Sakhalin can begin in 2021 year, deputy chief engineer of the Far Eastern Railway Sergey Drokin told at the International Geotechnical Symposium in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.
According to him, it will last five years and begin after the decision of the authorities.
Earlier, Drokin said that the feasibility study for the project would be ready in December, after which he would be presented to the federal government. In addition, the question is solved, what will be the transition from Sakhalin to the mainland: bridge or tunnel. A project without a road is also being considered.
The railway bridge is planned to be built in the narrowest place of the Tatar Strait, which separates Sakhalin from the mainland. The bridge will be part of the future 580-kilometer railway between the village of Selikhino in the Khabarovsk Territory and the Sakhalin village of Nysh. Now the cargo between the island and the mainland is transported by the ferry Vanino - Kholmsk, the movement of which depends on the weather conditions.
The issue of the construction of a fixed ferry to Sakhalin has been repeatedly raised since the middle of the 20th century. The tunnel project was conceived back in the 1950-ies, but then it did not work. In 2007, the issue of connecting the banks with a bridge or tunnel was raised again.
During the "straight line" 7 June, Vladimir Putin noted the importance of the bridge for the residents of Sakhalin. According to him, it is necessary to assess the problem from different sides: economic efficiency, future loading, geopolitical circumstances, the need for infrastructure development.