Russia postpones final work on the Crimean bridge until the end of 2019

On April 30, the Russian government issued an order to extend till December 1, 2019 the contracted work on the safety of the transport crossing over the Kerch Strait-the Crimean Bridge, the newspaper Kommersant reports.  

This decree also modifies the schedule for the implementation of automobile security of the approaching lanes from Kerch and Taman: changing from April 30, the date will now be postponed until September 30.

It was earlier reported that there are problems with bridge equipment which concern, in particular, the automobile section of the Crimean Bridge. The Taman Federal Roads Division of Russia’s Federal Road Agency demands 22.5 million rubles ($360,000) for non-fulfillment of a 4.5 billion rubles ($72 million) contract from the Administration of Departmental Security under the Ministry of Transport.  

Completion of the work was scheduled for the end of April, but the project has not yet been approved by the Glavgosexpertiza of Russia (Department of the Russian Ministry of Construction which issues building and construction permits ). As a result, according to sources, the beginning of the truck transportation on bridge has already been postponed until fall, but may be delayed further.

  Crimean Bridge, Kerch Strait, Russia