Russia’s Transport Ministry talks opening of bridge on border with Azerbaijan
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 6
The road bridge on the Russian-Azerbaijani border across the Samur river in Russia’s Dagestan, the construction of which began last year, will be commissioned in 2019, according to the schedule, Russia’s Transport Minister Yevgeny Dietrich told reporters during a working visit to Dagestan, TASS reported Oct. 6.
“We had some technical problems in the spring, now all these technical problems are solved, the construction is on schedule, and the deadline for the bridge’s commissioning will be met,” he said. “The bridge may be commissioned even ahead of schedule.”
Earlier, Magomedrasul Omarov, head of the Dagestan branch of Management of Federal highways “Caspian”, said that construction cost is 1.2 billion rubles, adding that Russia and Azerbaijan will finance the project on a parity basis. A pedestrian crossing is also being built on the Russian side.
The decision to build a new bridge was made in accordance with the agreement between the governments of Russia and Azerbaijan, signed Sept. 13, 2013. The new bridge will replace the existing one, which was built in 1957.