Before the opening of traffic on the Crimean bridge

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Willing to drive over the bridge began to gather in the morning and three o’clock nights at the interchange, which rests on the main street of Taman, there were several dozen cars and numerous bikers. The participants of the first passage gave the rules of traffic on the bridge. Cars decorated with flags of Russia, Crimea and Sevastopol and balloons. From the Kuban veterans do you need before you start driving staged an impromptu concert — they sang on the track, where drivers expect to open the bridge.

Until now the Crimea with the mainland Russia had only a ferry. Her work depends on the weather, in summer there are queues. Solemn opening of the Crimean bridge took place the day before. The President of Russia Vladimir Putin, driving “KAMAZ” at the head of the motorcade, the first to come with side Kuban to Kerch .

“This is history”

The movement started first with Kuban Bank, later, in the Crimean to counter flows was found under the navigable arch. The builders of the bridge stood on the railroad crossing, running parallel to the road part, filmed on cell phones and waving to drivers. Those beeped in response.

Valentine with a colleague was traveling on the Crimean bridge the first from the Krasnodar region. According to the girl, they are very excited. “Under the arch going to think to often, were so memorable for a lifetime, legendary moments,” she said.

“Watched, likened the experience with the President’s trip. When he went to the arch, the impression was that it is highly like the Ural mountains crossing. And when we drove it gently it was. And very beautiful! We are from Siberia, the Kemerovo region, work in Anapa. Now in the Kerch colleagues will stop and go back. Earlier in the Crimea was not the first time in the Crimea on the bridge has arrived!” — told reporters Tatiana.

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A veteran of the great Patriotic war Alexander Lubentsov told TASS that the affected scale of construction. “Look — there’s a lot of work, how much money is invested! Marvel at everything and am proud of Russia that the country did… It’s all amazing, like in a fairy tale,” — said the Agency interlocutor.

Among the first drivers who drove over the bridge from the Crimea, and was a US citizen Bari. He’s from new York, now retired, married to a Russian woman. Bari told reporters that us sanctions are not afraid, and the bridge it inspires. “This is the story. Now I shall be comfortable to ride in Vermont, I used to use the ferry”, he said.

Especially to drive over the bridge first arrived bikers from “Night wolves”. “For us, the bridge is not only an engineering structure made of metal and concrete, it is also a bridge to the future, the Russian dream. So we wanted this event to participate, too”, — told reporters the leader of the motorcycle club Alexander Zaldostanov (Surgeon).

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The leader of the motorcycle club “Night wolves” Alexander “Surgeon” Zaldostanov

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The leader of the motorcycle club “Night wolves” Alexander “Surgeon” Zaldostanov
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Taman as a suburb of Kerch

In the memo sent on the Crimean bridge are advised to take a selfie with the monument to Mikhail Lermontov in the village of Taman. Here the poet is faced with the smugglers, and described this case in the “Hero of our time”. Some people think that the bronze Lermontov looks at the Crimean coast, some in the sea, a lone white sail.

Specialist of the Taman Museum complex Natalia Klimenko says that in the times of Lermontov from Kerch illegally carried goods in Taman Fort.

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“Go to the other side, in Kerch, without special permission was prohibited, but the Cossacks did them anyway, in order to feed themselves. In 1834 there was a strong sand storm, yields fell to survive was hard. Those who did not leave, had to deal with so-called “fair” smuggling: to carry legal products illegally. Probably the assistants of such “honest” smugglers and saw the writer,” — said Klimenko.

Acting head of the Taman branch of the Krasnodar state historical and archaeological Museum-reserve Yuri Peshkin noted that for a long time of Taman in fact, remained a farm in the suburbs of Kerch is the oldest city of Russia. The inhabitants of the Kuban impasse (a logistic Taman was previously stalled) were associated with the Crimean city more closely than even my own district — it is situated much further.

“During the Soviet era, many of them worked in Kerch, studied, gave birth and was treated. It was a large port city, with 200-300 thousand people, there were products that were not for us, it was more educational institutions. Went to the boat for 200 people four times a day and in summer — up to eight times a day. Since the 1990s, years prior to 2005, our villagers wrote letters: “Return us to the ferry!” Collected hundreds of signatures,” — said Peskin.

Many local residents on the Crimean side of the Strait are family, and this is the full connection with them. Students only Taman school in 2014, when the Peninsula became part of Russia, regularly go to the Crimea on the tour.

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View of Kerch

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View of Kerch
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The main tourist highway

“[With the opening of the movement] will change everything. Will appear a certain impetus to the development of the tourism industry. First, improved transport logistics in the coming years will be a railway which did not exist before, appears logistics center for delivery of tourists. Secondly, those who will go past us in the Crimea, will need something to entice,” says the head of the Temryuk district of the Krasnodar territory Fedor Babenkov.

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According to him, the commercial is interesting for its unique objects — ethno-complexes Cossack “Ataman”, excavations of ancient cities, objects of rural tourism. New opportunities will appear and working on the Peninsula ports, including the rapidly developing port of Taman.

As told TASS Executive Director of Agrofirm “the South” (part of the wine group “Ariant”, one of the largest in Russia) Sergei Tarakhno, due to the bridge, the enterprise hopes to attract to the Taman vineyards new workers and highly skilled professionals — those who now live in the Crimea.

“The bridge, of course, will facilitate communication. We have people who work in Anapa and Temryuk district, dozens of kilometers passing daily. And here and Kerch, and Feodosiya, and Simferopol even be much closer. We also provide accommodation for staff and, I think, will be able to find and agronomists and engineers from the Crimea”, — said Tarakhno.

The holding company is also counting on the influx of tourists for a few years in the vineyards and wineries conduct tours, and now the company “Ariant” was quite near the main tourist thoroughfares.

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© Sergey Bobylev/TASS

© Sergey Bobylev/TASS

The connection with Russia

Kerch authorities after the opening of traffic on the bridge waiting in the first place the growth of the tourist flow and development of the industry, and the citizens considered the new bridge a trusted relationship with other regions of the Russian Federation. “It’s like a symbol of the reunification of the Crimea with the mainland. We are also happy, as was happy after the reunification of the Crimea with Russia in 2014”, — told TASS a resident of the Crimea Alexander.

“The opening of the bridge is a victory celebration! This is another confirmation of the unity of the Russian territory. Historical justice has triumphed,” says honorary citizen of Kerch Nicholas Kitikov.

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The scheme of movement of cars at the entrance to the Crimean bridge

16 may offer the labor movement for cars and buses on the Crimean bridge. TASS has prepared a scheme of highway segments on the approach to the bridge.

Pensioner Nadezhda Petrovna and Lydia Aleksandrovna expect that due to the bridge Kerch will be transformed. “All arranged, will arrange well the city, the strawberries will be delivered. In the Soviet years, a bag of strawberries in Kerch were taken, and today it is expensive — 180 rubles [per kilogram]. Hope that prices will fall,” says Lidiya Alexandrovna.

Kerchane promise that you will pass on the new bridge in the near future: someone in the coming weekend, and someone will wait for the stream to see the bridge will fall. The resident Anastasia G. even regretted that the bridge has no walkways: says that he would like to cross it on foot. “So I would like for a chunk of the bridge to pass at least two or three kilometers. It is interesting to see,” she said.

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© Valery Matytsin/TASS

Construction of the century

A bridge to the Crimea is the longest in Russia and one of the largest in Europe, its length is 19 km. It starts on the Taman Peninsula, runs along the five-kilometer dam and the island of Tuzla, then crosses the Kerch Strait, skirting the North Cape, AK-Burun, and goes to the Crimean coast. Transport passage includes two parallel spaced tracks for cars and trains.

Crimean bridge erected at the expense of the Federal budget in the framework of the Federal target program “Socially-economic development of the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol until 2020” without Fund-raising. The total cost of the project is 227,92 billion.

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© Sergey Maligawa/TASS

Road bridge — first object, the construction of the railway bridge.

The bridge was opened six months earlier than planned — may 15. The motion for a new route across the Kerch Strait runs gradually. In the first stage, a passage was opened for cars and buses providing passenger services.

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