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Builders of Kerch Strait Bridge to Crimea Mark 1,000 Pillars

Kerch Strait Bridge projection
Kerch Strait Bridge projection

The builders of the Kerch Strait bridge in Crimea, have now driven more than a thousand different types of pylons and legs into the foundation on the land and maritime construction sites. According to the Information Center, the "Crimean bridge" received its thousandth prismatic leg in its railway foundation, on the opposing side of the Kerch Strait.

The Deputy Chief of the Information Center of PKU, Uprdor "Taman" Kairat Tursunbekov, told reporters:

"Piling work is going around the front of the bridge day and night. This prismatic submerged pile goes into the ground, 18 meters at most. Geological conditions in this area - on the shore of Kerch - provide the most favorable construction: solid soils overly shallow."

The Kerch Strait bridge into Crimea is now being built simultaneously at 8 sites. Dmitry Kondakov, who is Deputy General Director of "SGM-bridge”,  had this to add:

"On the Kerch side, we launched a production area, which has concentrated all the necessary workshops: ​​Fittings welding shop, metal workshops, concrete production. For the comfortable stay of the workers a home has been readied, which has a dining room, bath and laundry unit and even a basketball court. At the peak of construction of the bridge, this complex will be house 1,500 people. Another 4000 will take the town in Taman."

In general, the base of the bridge will have more than 7,000 pillars of which, nearly 1,000 of them have a prismatic cross-section of 400 mm by 400 mm. This is one of the main types of pillars used in Russia in industrial and civil construction. "Reinforced concrete pillars are immersed using piling machines vertically, 48 units under each leg. Using shaped raft foundation and other elements upon pile foundations. In the construction of each of these types requires more than 400 cubic meters of concrete support."

With the Taman hand under the support of immersed bored piles - there will be almost 800 pillars in the water area and on the island of Tuzla - the most in areas with complex geology - are built on steel tubular legs, they will be more than 5,500. In short, this bridge is a massive effort to link Crimea to Russia, via the Kerch Strait, and will involve thousands of workers, and millions worth of materials. It is a modern engineering feat in it’s own right, and must be viewed with respect and awe.