Kyrgyzstan plans to develop transit potential

New transit opportunities are emerging in Central Asia. Builders in Kyrgyzstan have started the construction of an alternative highway connecting the Northern and Southern parts of the country. The highway will be used to transport freight along the Russia – Kazakhstan – Kyrgyzstan – Tajikistan route and will substantially replace the Bishkek – Osh highway. The highway will extend for 433 kilometers and will run along hard-to-reach mountainous areas. The government pays special attention to the construction of the strategically important highway. The builders apply new technologies taking into account the extremely continental climate.

KUBANYCHBEK OMOROV, CONSULTING ENGINEERING SUPERVISOR:  

- There are special construction laboratories on every section of the road set to evaluate the quality of materials identified in the asphalt concrete and the quality of ingredients used in production of concrete products.

The government will build the longest tunnel in Kyrgyzstan stretching 4,000 kilometers through the Kok-Art passage. The country’s first elevated bridge measuring over one kilometer in length will also be built.

GAMZAT KIBEDOV, HEAD OF ENGINEERING GROUP FOR ELEVATED BRIDGE:

 - The supporting structure is 31 meters tall. The width of the roadway will be 11.5 meters. Two sidewalks measured at 0.75 meters and lighting will also be provided at the bridge.

The total cost of the large-scale project is US$850 million. Two phases of the project out of the three are funded by a Chinese bank. The highway is expected to be opened in 2022.