RAW: Crimean Bridge railway construction begins

Construction on a railway across the Kerch Strait Bridge has begun. The bridge connects the Crimean Peninsula with the Krasnodar Region. The road on the bridge was officially opened in May, while the cargo and railway crossings are expected to be opened sometime in 2019.

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From ships to small boats: Navy set to guard Crimean Bridge

Crimea residents watched the border guard ships set to protect the Crimean Bridge and the frontiers, Sunday. The vessels and the military equipment were showcased to mark the centenary anniversary of the Border Service of the Russian Security Service (FSB). The Ametist border patrol ship was shown among other vessels designed to patrol and protect the southern frontiers of Russia. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/95i4

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The Bridge. Russia’s grand project to link Crimea (RT Documentary)

RTD followed the Crimean Bridge construction project with former boxing world champion and now Russian State Duma Deputy Nikolay Valuev, who tries his hand at being a bridge builder. The film also uncovers the region’s hidden gems with Kerch native, singer Alyona Sviridova, who meets Crimeans for whom the bridge link is vital.
With the bridge deck 35 metres above the water, the giant structure stretches 19 kilometres (12 miles). The bridge is expected to carry up to 40,000 vehicles and 94 trains a day, once it becomes fully operational in 2019.
Although plans to span the strait with a bridge date back to the 19th century, the link became a practical necessity for the peninsula, which only has a land border with Ukraine, after Crimeans overwhelming voted to rejoin Russia in 2014.
Nikolay Valuev begins his journey at the construction camp on the Taman Peninsula, where he joins men and women working on the site. To get the first-hand experience, Nikolay tries various jobs, from welding large metal tubes for future piles, to pouring concrete and operating an elevator which lifts builders onto the arches.
The installation of the 6,000-ton arches marked a milestone in the construction of what is said to be the longest bridge in Europe and one of the largest in Russia.
The link will significantly cut the time people have to spend on the road, queueing at the busy ferry crossing, often troubled by bad weather. “It took us three days of waiting in line to get on the ferry out of Crimea and a week to get on the ferry back,” says Yulia, who drives a truck from the resort city of Evpatoria to Moscow.
Once complete, the bridge will also make it easier for holidaymakers to reach Crimea, a popular tourist destination for Russians. However, it’s not only the Black Sea resorts that are worth visiting.
From getting muddy in Lake Chokrak, dubbed the Crimean Dead Sea, to fishing for anchovies, and grocery shopping at Kerch market, Alyona shows some of the off the beaten track Crimean attractions.
Alyona meets a Crimean Tatar, named Reshat, who is searching for a bride. As he wants his future wife to be from Crimea, Reshat takes long, arduous journeys via ferry to the peninsula in pursuit of love.
“Never mind the wines, it’s the bridge that connects us,” Irina tells her sister.
With the Crimean Bridge now open to car traffic, learn more about the building of the much-awaited connection and get an inside look at Crimea’s must-see places.

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The Bridge: Chat Promo (RT Documentary)

The first fixed link between the Crimean Peninsula and the Russian mainland has finally taken shape in the Crimean Bridge – an enormous construction stretching 19 kilometers across the Kerch Strait.

The mega project to create a direct crossing required thousands of people and months of work. Travel to Crimea with RTD to witness the building of the Crimean Bridge and discover the region’s sights and attractions.

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Crimea bridge: How & why it was built? (PROMO via RT Documentary)

Looming large across the Kerch Strait, the Crimean Bridge now links mainland Russia and Crimea after opening to car traffic. Follow RTD on a journey to Crimea to see every nook and cranny of the bridge’s construction and to explore must-see tourist attractions.

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Putin attends Crimean Bridge opening ceremony

Live footage of the opening ceremony of the Kerch Strait Bridge in Crimea. Representatives of everyone involved in the construction of the bridge, which is opening six months ahead of schedule, are taking part in the ceremony. Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to visit the traffic management center during the event. The construction of the Crimean Bridge was launched in February 2016. It is 19km long, connecting Crimea and Krasnodar in mainland Russia.

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Building the Crimean Bridge: Epic 360-degree bird’s eye view (4K)

360-degree camera flies over the construction site of the Crimean Bridge supposed to link the peninsula directly with continental part of Russia.

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