Crimean bridge is a road-rail bridge under construction by the Russian Federation, to span the Strait of Kerch between the Kerch Peninsula of Russian Crimea and the Taman Peninsula of Russian Krasnodar Krai. The current connection is by the Kerch Strait ferry between Port Kavkaz (Krasnodar Krai) and Port Krym (Crimea).
In May 2015, construction of the bridge commenced; it is projected to be opened on December 18, 2018.
Construction on the Crimean bridge began in May 2015. The project is estimated to cost 228 billion roubles ($4.36 billion). The project will include construction of a 2-lane railway and a 4-lane highway along with the bridge.
The Kerch Strait Bridge is scheduled to be opened by December 2018 for testing and to be fully operational by June 2019.
Three temporary technological bridges will be built by 2016, to facilitate access for main construction.
As of October 2015, the first of the temporary technological bridges has been constructed, connecting Tuzla Island and Taman peninsula.
Approximately 200 bombs from the World War II era were found in the area during pre-construction clearance.
On 19 February 2016, project of the bridge was officially approved by the Russian state expertise commission.
The main span over the Kerch Strait shipping channel will have a steel arch support, 227 metres wide with a 35-metre clearance above the water to allow for ships to pass under.
There will be 3 segments: from the Taman Peninsula to Tuzla Spit is 7 km; across Tuzla Island is 6.5 km; and from Tuzla Island to the Crimean Peninsula is 5.5 km (19 km total).
Photos by Kerch Strait Bridge Official Site