Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev tasked Minister of Transport Maksim Sokolov with taking measures by May 5, 2015, to begin the construction of the Russian part of the railway bridge to China across the Amur River, the Russian government reported.
"Minister of Transport Maksim Sokolov is in charge of taking measures to begin the construction of the railroad bridge across the Amur River near the Russian-Chinese border in the Jewish Autonomous Region," the report said.
It was reported that the construction of the first bridge across the Amur River would start in 2015. Previously it was planned to begin it in 2014.
The construction of the railway bridge will create a new transport corridor between Russia and China and lift infrastructural limits on shipment transportation from the new deposits developed in Eastern Siberia and Russia’s Far East.
The railway crossing will also enhance the cargo capacity and competitiveness of Russian producers and exporters in the region. It will shorten the distance between product and customer by approximately 700 kilometers in comparison with other exporting railway routes.