Dec. 23, 2014, Mariupol's railway bridge, connecting Metallurgical Plant named after Ilich and Azovstal iron and steel works with Mariupol sea commercial port, was exploded. This important cargo transportation artery has been fully restored only after ten months, Censor.NET reports citing Ekonomichna Pravda.
The works have been financed by Metinvest [Ukraine-based holding company of mining and steel assets - ed.] and started in summer. It was expected that the project would cost UAH 12 mln (about $545,729), but the final amount made UAH 16 mln (about $727,638).
So far, Ukrzaliznytsia [national rail operator - ed.] has laid only one railway track which the train passed over to the port from Sartana station loaded with slabs. The engineers of Donetsk Railways [rail operator in eastern Ukraine - ed.] checked the smoothness of train's movement and approved it.
Ukrzaliznytsia plans to put the bridge in commission in late October - early November.
At the moment, the second track is being laid.
Restoring the bridge is of great social importance for the region: it will help reduce the travel time of commuter trains and increase the safety of passengers.