Azerbaijan, Baku , December 3 / corr. Trend E. Ismayilov /
At present, three versions of connecting the two ends of bay of Baku are under consideration in Azerbaijan, deputy transport minister of Azerbaijan Musa Panahov told journalists on Monday.
The first version is a possible bridge construction, the second an underwater tunnel and the third, both models conjointly, said Panahov. The protocol on preparing the technical, economic substantiation of the construction of the bridge over Baku Bay was signed by the ministry and a Korean agency on international cooperation at the end of 2009. By preliminary estimates, the cost of the construction of the bridge through Baku bay is about $2.5 billion.
The government of the Korean Republic allocated 1, 6 million dollars towards the realisation of the project KOICA in 2009-2011.
The extension of the main part of bridge which is planned to be stretched over Caspian sea from Shikhov to the Zig settlement will be 13.5-15 km. With communications, the length of the bridge which will be joined to the Baku highway can reach 26 km. This way the bridge will become the second longest in the world after China. The construction of the bridge should be completed within five years.
The extension of the tunnel which is to run across the width of the Baku seaside boulevard is 4.2 km.
According to project offer, the part of the tunnel which is 0.9 km will be box shaped and the rest will be in an arch.
The tunnel will be six lane (three on one side , three on another side)
In accordance with the tunnel project, work will be carried out on shore fixing works on an area of 0.7 square km, filling-up the territory to a capacity of six million cubic meters and shore protected works to an extent of 3.7 km.
According to the project, the tunnel will be situated at a depth from 1.8 to 5.5 metres. The tunnel will have two exits on Neftchilar Avenue and will start at the Bayil settlement and finish at Zig.