“Russky Summer 2014″: A Sea of Good News against the Backdrop of the Russky Bridge

The Russky Summer International Festival is being held for the second time in the capital of Primorye following the initiative of Vladimir Miklushevsky, Governor of the Region. The panoramic view of the world largest cable-stayed bridge over the Eastern Bosphorus Strait imparts a special flavor to the show.

The spectacular sports festival has become tremendously popular, and not only in Vladivostok. An aquabiking competition “Russian Grand Prix 2014″, which is held as part of the festival, gathered 27 top racers from Russia, Japan, France, Italy, Portugal, Belgium and Finland. Vladivostok also watched an extreme sports show featuring world-class stars representing such spectacular sports as bike freestyle and motorbike freestyle. In addition, the festival guests took part in an extensive cultural program including art and photo exhibitions. The organizers have also arranged amateur competitions including kayaking, aquabiking, and dragon boating, as well as master classes for children and adults. About 30 million visited the events of the bright and exciting Russky Summer 2014.

“There are no competitions similar to those held in the Primorye Region in the entire world. The open-sea waves of up to four meters high, fog, side wind – those are tough tests,” says Peter de Smet, President of the Aquabiking Association of the IJSBA, Director of the “Russian Grand Prix 2014″ races. “Nowhere in the world would athletes travel over a thousand kilometers. This is why only the best racers came here to test themselves under such challenging conditions. The grand panorama of the Russky Bridge at which the races are held, is the hallmark of the prestigious “Russian Grand Prix.”

“The Russky Bridge actually started these international competitions because the Russky Summer Festival was first launched after the bridge was built,” says Yury Ryabko, a sportsman from Primorye, the winner of the race. This year we have an opportunity to better use the potentials of the infrastructure of the Far Eastern Federal University and of Russky Island. This place can become an excellent international sport and recreation center, a kind of Olympic Village.

“My congratulations to all the athletes who have sustained this tough race and who did not give up and fought to the very end! The standard of the race is clear: The Primorye Region will host the competitions as an official Aquabiking World Championship for the next three years!” said Vladimir Miklushevsky, Governor of the Primorye Region, congratulating the participants of the Russky Summer 2014 Festival. “Due to the bridge over the Eastern Bosphorus Strait, the Far Eastern Federal University and other infrastructure project built here, Russky Island will become the anticipatory development area in the region. One of the lines of its development will have to do with a recreational zone. Here we want to build an aquarium, a safari park, an aquapark, an indoor cycling track, and a cycling park with extreme biking facilities, which will allow us to host prestigious international competitions in the region. Russky Island will have to become a nice recreational place for Primorye residents and for Vladivostok visitors.

Russky Bridge Offers Russky Island’s Great Potentials

A new bridge over the Eastern Bosphorus Strait offers a broad range of opportunities for the development of the capital of Primorye. How the great potentials of Russky Island can be utilized in the best way possible – that was the issue discussed at a roundtable convened by the Vladivostok Administration.

The roundtable dedicated to the “Russky Island Development Projects,” convened following the initiative of Igor Pushkarev, Mayor of Vladivostok, was held at the International Rowing Center in the Novik Bay. The city executives, leading architectural, design and restoration experts as well as members of the business community and public representatives discussed the outlook for the conversion of the regional center insular areas. The roundtable began with a presentation of the “Concept of the Urban Development of Russky Island” by Anatoly Melnik, member of the Union of Architects of Russia.

“At present, a concept of city development ordered by the Vladivostok Administration is under preparation. Today, after the Russky Bridge has been built, we can discuss potentials of the entire island, and it is telling that the discussion is taking place right here, on Russky Island,” Anatoly Melnik emphasized. “I would like to underscore that the public/ business and housing developments are envisaged mainly on the Saperny Peninsula. The plans here include building a Vlad-Expo Business Center and a recreational park.” According to the experts, the development of Russky Island has to be conducted while preserving its uniqueness.

The roundtable participants discussed the opportunities for the recreational use of the island, the outlook for housing development and for building the transportation infrastructure. The discussion addressed the problems of restoration of the Vladivostok Fortress, reviewed the experience of the development of the International Rowing Center in the Novik Bay, and also dealt with implementation of other Russky Island improvement projects.

“The conversation was interesting, and I think it has to be ongoing,” Igor Pushkarev, Mayor of Vladivostok, said at the closing of the roundtable. “We need to work out an understanding of how the island can be developed.

According to the experts, the concept of Russky Island development must take into account the creation of a future anticipatory development area here.”

Over the Russky Bridge – to University Avenue

Around 15 thousand vehicles cross the Eastern Bosphorus Strait daily over the Russky Bridge. Today, the giant cable-stayed bridge is the major transport infrastructure facility in Vladivostok.

As a reminder, the bridge to Russky Island was opened for public traffic exactly two years ago, on August 1, 2012. Residents of Vladivostok were overwhelmed with emotions, and the channel span was really congested because thousands wanted to ride across the Eastern Bosphorus Strait. The entire Vladivostok shared the triumph of the historical moment with the general contractor, JSC USK MOST.

Five permanent bus routes connect the mainland to Russky Island to day. The cable-stayed bridge created new place names in Vladivostok. The new route has stops named “Opera and Ballet Theater,” “Katernaya”, “Bolshoy Ulis”, “Nazimov Battery”, “Heliport”, “Ayax”, “DVFU”, “South Gate”, and the main Russky Island thoroughfare was named University Avenue based on the results of residents’ vote. Picturesque beaches opened for swimming this summer on the island, and the embankment of the Far Eastern Federal University has become one of the most popular holiday destinations for residents of Vladivostok. Future plans include development of the road network, housing development, and proactive area development on Russky Island.

“After the bridge has been built and traffic opened, many people expressed doubts in its relevance. They believed that it was built mainly for the sake of the prestige of Russia. However, the bridge is actually very much in demand. Moreover, the intensity of traffic and the traffic growth trend are well ahead of the design estimates,” says Gennady Shkuropatov, Head of a special division of JSC USK MOST in Vladivostok. “A little over a year ago, we could see 2-3 thousand vehicles per day on average here, and the traffic is currently several times more intensive: about 15 thousand vehicles in workdays and over 50 thousand vehicles on weekends! The bridge is really needed, and this makes us happy. There is heavy steady traffic, and it continues to grow. Further development of Vladivostok and Russky Island is exactly what the Russky Bridge was built for.

Roman Starovoit, President of Rosavtodor: “Russky Bridge – is Really a High-Tech Project”

A comprehensive system for precision monitoring of the bridge over the Eastern Bosphorus Strait has become one of the main topics of a scientific and practical conference held in Vladivostok on Russky Island as part of the XIV International Forum “Russian Roads in the 21st Century.”

The conference was attended to by Roman Starovoit, President of the Federal Road Agency, Oleg Belozerov, Deputy Transportation Minister, Sergei Ten, Deputy Chairman of the Duma Transportation Committee, Igor Pushkarev, Mayor of Vladivostok, Aleksandr Sharabarin, Head of the Federal Highway Administration “Dalny Vostok”, Aleksey Shirshov, Director of the Department of Roads of Primorie, Aleksei Surovtsev, Deputy Director General of the Institute “Stroyproekt,” Gennady Shkuropat, Head of a Special Division of JSC USK MOST in Vladivostok, and many others. The forum, which was held in Vladivostok, on Russky Island, was dedicated to the currently important problems of the high priority lines of work and further development of the road sector in Russia.

“Innovative technologies have been recently introduced on the Far-Eastern roads. It is not by accident that Vladivostok was chosen to host the conference because a huge job was done here as part of preparation for the APEC Summit 2012. The bridge over the Eastern Bosphorus Strait has become the largest in the world in terms of the central span length, pylon height, and stay cable length. It should be emphasized that it was built in a record-breaking time based on the bridge-building practice, and the bridge incorporates the most advanced technologies and daring design concepts,” Roman Starovoit, President of Rosavtodor, said in his presentation. “Building the Russky Bridge, the tunnel systems and interchanges in Sochi and other unique installations allowed us to upgrade significantly the technologies that are used in bridge building and tunneling in Russia and to reach the world standards. The problems that the road building industry is facing today require mass-scale application of new materials and technologies and their expedited introduction.”

The participants of the conference looked into details of a comprehensive monitoring system incorporated in the bridge over the Eastern Bosphorus Strait.
“The Russky Bridge is a unique facility for Russia – the first bridge of its kind in this country. The most advanced technologies that had been never used before were implemented when the bridge was built, and many design concepts are second to none in the world and have been patented. Operation and maintenance of such a facility, quite understandably, require a serious approach and study. Thousands of state-of-the-art sensors and devices monitor all the bridge condition parameters and also monitor the weather conditions and the wind loads,” emphasized in his presentation Aleksandr Sharabarin, Head of the Federal Highway Administration “Dalny Vostok.” Since the opening of the Russky Bridge, along with highly skilled monitoring technicians, representatives of scientific organizations also take part in the monitoring and issue their recommendations; they also develop maintenance and servicing specifications. This is how the necessary experience is gained and methods of operations of the installation, which is unique for Russia, are perfected.

The participants of the conference expressed the opinion that this experience is necessary for further development of the industry as part of a high priority line of work – introduction of innovative construction and maintenance methods and development of new technologies based on the use of state-of-the-art materials and designs.

“The innovative precision monitoring system allows for continuous comprehensive monitoring of the giant installation condition using global navigation satellite systems. The data flows automatically and continuously to the Monitoring Center where it is stored and is accessible for analysis of the bridge condition,” said Gennady Shkuropat, Head of a Special Division of JSC USK MOST in Vladivostok, answering the reporters’ questions. The comprehensive monitoring of the bridge over the Eastern Bosphorus is carried out by qualified personnel who were directly involved in its construction and in the equipment shakedown and who are familiar with all the details of high-tech technologies that are incorporated in the system. The best world practices and national experience of design and construction of similar projects were applied to the Russky Bridge including the most advanced scientific and practical knowledge in the field of bridge building. This is certainly a basis for next steps forward.

The Forum “Russian Roads in the 21st Century” attracted the leading Russian and international industry experts who came to Russky Island with representatives of major investment, petrochemical, construction and road-building organizations. The scientific-practical conference also addressed the problems of pricing in road construction; attraction of private investments to road projects in Russia; doubling the scope of construction of federal highways; bringing the existing road network to the standards; preparation of roads for the World Football Cup in 2018, and others.