Archive for November, 2011

Bridge Builders Installed the First Blue-Color Pair of Stay Cables on the Russky Island Side

Monday, November 28th, 2011

The builders of the bridge over the Eastern Bosphorus Strait completed the tensioning of the 15th pair of stay cables today on the Russky Island. Each stay cable is 395.5-meters long. The pair of stay cable that has been installed is the first on the Russky Island side that is colored blue.

According to the approved color pattern, the stay cables of the “Russky Bridge” will be painted in Russian national colors. A total of 14 pairs of red, blue, and white colored stay cables will be installed on each side of the strait. The 15th pair of stay cables has been tensioned on the Russky Island and 20 stay cable supports have been installed on Nazimov Peninsula. The total length of the stay cables that have been already installed on the bridge is about 15 kilometers.

Photo by Igor Lischuk / SK MOST

Builders of the Bridge over the Eastern Bosphorus Strait Have Installed the First Paired Panel on the Russky Island Side

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

The builders of the bridge over the Eastern Bosphorus Strait have lifted the first paired panel of the bridge channel span deck to the elevation of 70 meters from the water area on the Russky Island side. The installed structure, which measures 24 by 26 meters, weighs about 360 metric tons.

After paired Panel No. 21-22 has been lifted, the assembled length now extends beyond the centerline of M7 Pylon on the Russky Island forming a cantilever 198-meter long above the strait. The opposite length of the main stiffening girder extends beyond the M6 Pylon centerline at a distance of 270 meters on the Nazimov Peninsula side where paired Panel No. 27-28 has been installed.

The bridge builders have completed the tensioning of the 19th pair of stay cables on the Nazimov Peninsula side, and they are conducting preparations for installation of the 13th stay cable pair on the Russky Island. The legs of M6 and M7 giant pylons have reached the elevations of 274.9 and 265.9 meters above the East Bosphorus water level, respectively.

Photo by Igor Lischuk / SK MOST

“Bridges are Life Changers in Vladivostok!” Says Photographer Bernard Steffen

Friday, November 11th, 2011

An exhibition of a famous German photographer, Bernard Steffen, has opened in Arka, a contemporary art gallery in Vladivostok. The major exhibits are the giant bridges over the Golden Horn Bay and Eastern Bosphorus Strait and, of course, the people who are building these unique installations.

Bernard worked as a designer and photographer for fashion industries in Paris, New York, and Tokyo. Now he is engaged in documentary photography and he travels a lot. It is his passion for travel that brought him to Vladivostok, which impressed the artist with its genuine inherent rhythm and energy.

“I have always wanted to use Trans Siberian Line and rid through the entire Russia,” says Bernard Steffen, “and when I learned about the giant bridges that are being built in Vladivostok, I could not resist anymore. I saw your bridges for the first time when construction had just started and pylons did not even grow higher. I am eager to witness changes, evolution … The bridges, highways, churches, and buildings that are being built in the places that are new for me and in those that have known before – this is the life is changing. I believe that construction projects change life radically. It was very exciting for me to see the bridges that will undoubtedly dramatically change life in Vladivostok.”

The construction site of the unique bridge to the Russky Island had an unforgettable impact on the artist.

“I am inspired by the people in the first place,” says Bernard. “Think about it: they are doing had work, frost or heat, under extreme conditions. And they work with inspiration, with courage, with positive attitude… My photographs show the real masters. I really admire them. They are creating a work of art right before our eyes.”

Photo by Igor Lischuk / SK MOST

The Fourth Sections of the Reinforced Concrete Stiffening Girder Concreted on the Bridge to the Russky Island

Monday, November 7th, 2011

The builders of the bridge to the Russky Island have completed concreting of the fourth sections of the reinforced concrete stiffening girder on both sides of the Eastern Bosphorus Strait. A total of 19 thousand cubic meters of concrete mix have been placed in the end spans of the bridge at the elevation of 70 meters.

Meanwhile the assembly of the main steel stiffening girder continues. Section No. 20 has been installed on the Russky Island and paired Panel No. 25-26 has been installed on the Nazimov Peninsula. The total length of the bridge channel span sections that have been launched to meet each other over the Eastern Bosphorus Strait is now 420 meters. M6 Pylon is now 274.9-meter high above the sea level on the Nazimov Peninsula and M7 Pylon on the Russky Island is now 265.9-meter high.

Photo by Igor Lischuk / SK MOST