The Russian Government has paid 112.6 billion rubles for the construction of the transport crossing across the Strait of Kerch and the sum exceeds half the value of the contract. This was reported by the press service of the customer of the project — the Uprdor Taman (the Public Roads Administration of the Taman region).
“The undertakings of the Russian budget for the bridge construction funding 2016 have been fully applied. Taking into account the payments carried out since the inception of the State contract in February 2015, the Russian budget has actually paid more than 112.6 billion rubles for the construction of the bridge, that is more than a half of the total value of the contract,” said the press service of the customer.
This year the customer has paid the contractor (Strojgazmontazh) more than 63.9 billion rubles, including payments for the work performed and the advance payments.
Russian President Vladimir Putin wants the bridge to be put in commission before the end of 2018. The RF Ministry of Transportation declares that the vehicular traffic on the Kerch Bridge will be opened by December 2018 and the railway one in 2019.