The construction of the long-awaited railway bridge between Russia and China will be finished by the end of next year, according to Russian presidential envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District Yury Trutnev. The 2,209-meter-long (1.4 mile) structure linking Russia’s Far East with China’s northernmost Heilongjiang province is expected to take bilateral trade to new highs.
The project aims to develop an international corridor connecting China’s northeastern railway networks with Russia’s Siberian railway networks, according to Li Huachao, a chief engineer of China Railway Major Bridge Engineering Group. The highway section of the bridge over the Amur river was completed last month. Cargo volume is expected to see an 8-fold increase to 4 million tons when the route becomes operational.
The construction officially began in 2016. Russia plans to export iron ore, coal, mineral fertilizers, lumber and other goods via the link to China.