The construction of a USD 360 million highway bridge connecting China and Russia across the Heilongjiang river has finally started after 28 years of talks, official media reported today.
The main span of the bridge is 1,283 metres and links Heihe to the Russian city of Blagoveshchensk.
“The bridge is an important link, and part of the China-Mongolia-Russia economic corridor. It will strengthen cooperation between the two regions,” Qin Enting, Communist Party chief of Heihe City said.
The bridge will benefit both Russia’s far east development and China’s revitalisation of the old industrial base in northeastern provinces, Song Kui, president of the Contemporary China-Russia Regional Economy Research Institute in Heilongjian said.
Cargo volume will reach three million tonnes by then, ten times today’s figure.