Russia and China Agree to Build a Cross-Border Rail and Road Bridge

Russia and China have signed an agreement to build a raibridge over the Amur river to link the Russian border city of Blagoveshchensk with Heihe, China, paving the way for truck and containerized rail on the corridor, reports Interfax.

The construction of the $300 million bridge will take about three years, including projecting work. Shipments by road should begin in 2019 with the opening of the rail line following in 2020.

The project also involves building a container terminal in Blagoveshchensk and traffic on the new route at the initial stage is expected to reach 100,000 to 150,000 twenty-foot-equivalent units with the possibility of a significant increase during the next several years.

According to experts, the construction of the bridges will lead to a high growth of volume of cross-border trade. The combined rail and automobile bridge will be used primarily to move Russian soy, corn, oil and other commodities to China, according to the Ministry of Transport and Construction of the Priamurja region.

The project will be implemented by a Russian-Chinese joint venture known as Amur Heilongjiang, which has been building another bridge over the Amur river since 2013. That bridge will link the Russian town of Nizhneleninskoye with Tongjiang, China. Its container capacity will be comparable with that of the Blagoveshchensk-Heihe bridge.

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