French Tourists Completed the Journey of the Century on the Russky Bridge

Leaving behind nearly 16 thousand kilometers, it took 50 days of couch travel for a group of tourists from France to reach the destination point of their itinerary Brest – Vladivostok. The French tourists concluded their Journey of the Century by touring the Russky Bridge.

French Tourists Completed the Journey of the Century on the Russky Bridge

The group, which included 24 tourists, set off in mid-May. They boarded a coach in Brest, France, located at the extreme western point of Europe, to go from coast-to-coast between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. The Europeans set off on an adventurous journey because they wanted to see the vast spaces of Russia.

It took them 50 days to cover about 16 thousand kilometers in a large well-equipped coach. The marathon named the “Journey of the Century” cost each of the tourists about 15 thousand Euros. However, the adventurous tourists do not have any remorse. They were as happy as children all the way. “They have been absolutely delighted to see this country,” says their guide Elena Kurokhtina.

“I liked everything! Old churches and mansions, huge expanses, the incredible beauty of nature,” shares his travel impressions Philip Roland. All the French tourists who decided to see the vastness of Russia are retirees. Michel Vite, 84, the oldest among them, says that his expectations before visiting the world largest country have been completely justified. The tourists were impressed by the vast spaces of Siberia and Far East. They were surprised to see large and beautiful cities such as Kazan, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk, Khabarovsk, and Vladivostok in that part of the huge country. They saw stunning attractions of Russia: The Golden Ring; the Ural Mountains that divide Europe and Asia; Lake Baikal; famous Krasnoyarsk Stolby (stone pillars). And, of course, the highest and longest cable-stayed bridge in the world, which connects the shores of the Eastern Bosphorus Strait – the Russky Bridge.

“They are proud of the Russky Bridge in France. We know that French engineers who developed the stay-cable system took part in its construction in cooperation with the Russian builders,” says Michel Vite. “That’s why we wanted to see this engineering wonder. And it is really amazing!” Tomorrow the French tourists will board a plane to leave the capital of Primorye. They will be replaced by a second group of travelers who will deboard a plane and board the same coach to go in the opposite direction – from Vladivostok to Brest.

Photo: Andrej Savin / SK MOST

The Builders of the Russky Bridge Took over Its Operation and Monitoring

JSC USK MOST, the general contractor of the bridge over the Eastern Bosphorus Strait, won the tender for the annual operation of the unique installation. This is the result of the auction held by the Federal Highway Administration for the Far East, “Dalny Vostok.”

“The operation includes a system of work and actions aimed at maintaining the proper specified condition of the elements of the bridge; keeping the external appearance of installation clean and in good repair; as well as monitoring of bridge structure operation,” reads the documentation that contains the requirements for the operator.

The world largest cable-stayed bridge, which was built for the APEC Summit 2012 in Vladivostok, is a precision engineering structure. An automated monitoring system was deployed when the bridge construction was underway. The system included about 1000 various sensors, instruments and devices, over 17 kilometers of fiber-optic communication lines, and 180 kilometers of power supply lines. Satellite communication receivers are installed on the bridge as well, and a holistic round-the-clock monitoring of the giant installation is conducted using both the GLONASS and GPS global positioning systems.

Gennady Shkuropatov, the head of the special branch of JSC USK MOST, says that it is for the third year now that the company has been engaged in operation of the bridge, which the company had built. The systems for the monitoring, protection and traffic management, service lighting and decorative lighting systems – all this sophisticated systems of equipment must be routinely kept in the perfect condition. The skilled specialists who are servicing the systems were direct participants in the bridge construction; they took part in equipment shakedown, and they know all nuances and details of the highly intellectual technologies that are used. Under the terms of the tender, the new contract was awarded for the period from 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015.

Sochi Paralympic Games Relay Hosted by the Russky Bridge in Vladivostok

Torch relay of the XI Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi started today simultaneously in five cities in the Far East. In Vladivostok, the Olympic torch was carried through the world largest cable-stayed bridge, the Russky Bridge, following the previous torch carrying event.

The Winter Paralympic 2014 relay was started on the Sportivnaya Harbor Quay, and the torch then headed to Russky Island. The first torchbearers included Ksenia Bezuglova, Miss World among the disabled, Andrey Smolyannikov, member of the Russia national wheelchair rugby team, and Ruslan Chukanov, multiple winner of the Russian national bench-press competitions. More than ten relay participants carried the torch through the world record breaking cable-stayed bridge span over the Eastern Bosphorus Strait.

“I believe that the Paralympic Games are the greatest achievement of mankind. Here we can prove that we are as good as healthy people are in all respects. Sport is life, and it is accessible for us,” shared her impressions torchbearer Olga Derevtseva.

“The torch will bring victory to our country. I hope that it will bring good luck to our Paralympians! And they will win as it happened in Vancouver!” said Ruslan Chukanov wishing his friends good luck.

“Vladivostok is hosting the Paralympic Torch Relay today after the Olympic Torch Relay. Following in the footsteps of our Olympians who won big at the Sochi Olympics, we are confident that our Paralympic athletes will raise the banner, the great sport banner, even higher. And I will always remember that I was in Vladivostok during this great event, the Paralympic Torch Relay,” emphasized Lev Seleznev, Head of the Russian Paralympic Committee.

The Russky Bridge is a symbolic link between the capital of the APEC 2012 Summit and the capital of the 2014 Olympics. The builders of the SK MOST Group of Companies, who connected the mainland Vladivostok with Russky Island, have successfully completed construction of the main transport artery of the Sochi Games, the Adler – Alpika-Service combined railway and motorway route. The new high-speed route that connected the coastal and mountain sport clusters is the main reason why the first Winter Olympiad in Russia was recognized as the most compact in history. It is also noteworthy that Sochi-2014 has set up new standards of urban planning and urban development by creating a barrier-free environment. All sports facilities and infrastructure here are designed to meet the needs of people with disabilities.

It is no accident that the Olympic torches ignited in 45 cities of the country will be blended in the mountain cluster, at the Rosa Khutor alpine ski resort. The relay route that started in the Far East will run across the entire Russia. The Paralympic Winter Games officially open in Sochi on March 7, 2014.

Photo: Andrej Savin / SK MOST

They Bore Sochi-2014 Olympic Flame over the Russky Bridge

Vladivostok picked up the baton by having Sochi-2014 Olympic Flame for two days. The Winter Olympics symbol was carried over the world largest cable stayed bridge over the Bosphorus Strait in the capital of Primorie.

The first leg of the relay was held in Vladivostok, on Russky Island and finished with a grand celebration on the Far East Federal University campus. The next day, they started early in the morning on the world largest cable stayed bridge over the Bosphorus Strait. There is another symbol: the SK MOST Group of Companies, the general contractor that has built the Russky Bridge in Vladivostok, is also bringing to completion construction of the Adler – Alpika-Service combined route, which is the main transportation artery of the Sochi Games. The Olympic Flame continued its travel at an altitude of 70 meters above sea level, moving over the world record breaking 1104-meter-long span, and the torch relay then continued on the mainland of the capital of Primorie.
The Olympic Flame covered a marathon distance of 42 kilometers in Vladivostok. A total of 190 people became the Olympic Torch bearers including award -winning athletes, business leaders, entertainers, and volunteers.

“Such events are remembered for a lifetime! To be part of the Olympic movement and history – that’s impressive!” said Vladimir Miklushevsky, Governor of the Primorie Region.
Vladimir Yakunin, President of JSC Russian Railways also ran along the streets of Vladivostok bearing the Olympic Torch. He also shared his impressions of the race:
“I was eager to make my numerous grandchildren happy! I chose Vladivostok to participate in the torch relay here because this is the place where the Olympic Flame starts its travel by rail.”
The railway terminal was the final point of the torch relay in the capital of Primorie. Ivan Shtyl, a bronze medal winner at 2012 London Olympic Games, a six-time world champion and five-time European champion and Governor Vladimir Miklushevsky lit the Olympic Flame in the city Olympic flame bowl set at the Railway Terminal Square. Vladimir Yakunin, the head of JSC Russian Railways gave a signal to start railway torch relay. The Olympic flame left Vladivostok on-board a special train, which will travel for 83 days across Russia to cover a distance of 17,700 kilometers.

A fact: the Olympic torch relay organized before the Sochi Games will cover the largest distance in the history of the games. Having started in Moscow on October 7, it will be held in 83 regions of the country, visiting 2,900 cities and towns. A record number of torch bearers, 14 thousand people, will take part, covering the route that is more than 65 thousand kilometers long. For the first time in history, the Olympic Flame has reached the North Pole, was launched into space, and will travel deep to the bottom of Lake Baikal. The torch relay will end on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, on the opening day of the Winter Games.

Photo by Andrey Savin / SK MOST,
Vladivostok City Administration