Deputies of the Novosibirsk Council of Deputies assess scale of construction of the fourth bridge across Ob

Today, the representatives of the Novosibirsk Council of Deputies visited the construction site of the bridge across the Ob River. This meeting was initiated by the city deputies in order to understand the complex infrastructure project and to ask questions that interest both deputies and city residents. The deputy delegation was headed by Igor Kudin, Chairman of the Standing Committee on Municipal Economy.

Ruslan Semyonov, CEO of the Construction Division of VIS Group, conducted a tour of the construction site on the left bank of the Ob. Head of GKU Most Yuri Alekseevsky represented the public partner.

About 1,100 people and over 150 units of equipment are engaged around the clock in the construction of the bridge. To date, more than 2,000 tons of metal structures of the bridge span have been mounted on the left bank, more than 5,000 meters of seams have been welded, and 159 meters pushed onto the river bed supports. A 114-meter bridge pylon is being constructed on the right bank. To date, it has grown by 16 meters and 4 concreting "grips" have been made in the pylon body, which increases by 4.5 meters in height every 8-9 days.

In addition to the span structure assembly site and river bed supports, the deputies examined the production base and the temporary construction camp with dormitories, a canteen, a bath and laundry complex for the construction workers and office premises for engineering and technical personnel. Novosibirsk enterprises were involved in the construction of this large-scale complex, which manufactured special modular blocks. Novosibirsk students are also engaged in the construction. They undergo job training here, and one student has already been hired.

After a tour of the site, a meeting was held with the management of VIS Group's construction division, where everyone asked questions, including those that have been the subject of recent discussions not only in the city council, but also in the Novosibirsk mass media. Most of these questions were voiced by Alexander Burmistrov, who had previously posed a series of questions, in particular, regarding the pipes used in the construction of utility systems. Ruslan Semyonov once again outlined the holding's position: “It is incorrect to speak of replacing any materials, including pipes. Russian law prohibits indicating a specific manufacturer in the project. Only technical characteristics, brand, or its analogues are designated. The pipe from the Turkish manufacturer used for laying the storm collector is absolutely identical to the one indicated in the design project. They fall under the same GOST, and the technical characteristics of the Turkish pipe are much better, which is confirmed by the conclusions of expert organizations and designers."

During the construction of the storm collector, construction workers faced difficulties associated with the increased water contamination of the soil, which caused the soil to subside during excavation. Subsequent work was conducted with regard to this fact, and the next excavations were carried out with no deviations. As of today, mathematical modeling has been carried out and a technical solution has been developed to correct the situation with the subsiding soil. The solution has been submitted to the grantor for approval. If ratified, the main work on Labor Square can be completed by the end of the year.

CEO of the VIS Manufacturing Company invited Aleksandr Burmistrov to formulate all his questions, give the arguments from the expert opinions he presents, name these experts and switch the pipe-related dialogue to a professional format. All professional questions will be answered on point, with experts' and designers' opinions attached.

Other deputies were interested in whether the current significant increase in prices for metal and other building materials will lead to an increase in the final cost of the bridge. In this regard, Ruslan Semyonov emphasized that the signed concession agreement does not provide for an increase in cost. The task of the VIS Group is to create a concession facility in accordance with the established price parameters, and the obligation of the concessionaire to operate the entire created transport infrastructure for 20 years is the guarantee of construction quality.

Most of the deputies were satisfied with what they saw and with the answers to their questions. As they left the site, they voiced their gratitude for organizing the meeting and expressed hope for further constructive dialogue.

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