Baikal-Amur Mainline to Complete the Railway Bridge over the Lena before the End of the Year
Baikal-Amur Mainline to complete the railway bridge over the Lena before the end of the year
The railway bridge construction across the Lena River is planned to be completed by the end of 2017 establishing a smooth regular two-track transition on the section.
At present, the construction operator is building the ballastless bridge deck system. The new bridge design concept provides four spans from 45 to 132 meter long.
The total length of the bridge is 417 meters. This is a so-called “Northern” version of the bridge structure allowing operating in harsh climatic conditions.
The construction of a new railway bridge across the Lena River started two years ago and has been carried out as part of a large-scale investment project to upgrade the Eastern range of railways in Russia.
The fixed-track structure will increase the carrying capacity of the Lena-Severobaikalsk section, and it means a dynamic growth of cargo turnover down the Baikal-Amur Mainline and the entire Eastern range.
The commissioning of the facility is scheduled for 2018 when the construction of the overhead system will be completed on the bridge.
This is the only railway bridge across the Lena. The facility is located in the city of Ust-Kut on the Lena-Vostochnaya – Razezd Chiudnichniy stretch.
BAM crosses 11 major rivers employing more than 2.2 thousand large, medium and small bridges along the mainline.