Novosibirsk refuses to build the fourth bridgeJanuary 22, 2018
In December 2013, the Central Bridge association was created with a statutory fund of two tens of millions of rubles. The founders of the joint stock company are the Government of the Novosibirsk Region and the Novosibirsk Mayor's Office. They contributed 50% of the authorized capital. Today, part of the city has shrunk to almost three percent.
The cost of the design work performed by the Stroyproject Institute from St. Petersburg was 640 million rubles, the region contributed 320 million. After the city authorities of Novosibirsk have withdrawn themselves, the credit debt to the contractor amounts to 340 million Russian rubles, which, apparently, will have to be returned to the authorities of the Novosibirsk region. The city department of land and property relations explains the refusal to finance the lack of money in the city budget.
According to the mayor of Novosibirsk, Mr. Lokot, it became known that doubts had already arisen about the effectiveness of the construction of the fourth bridge across the Ob, as deputies of the city council had repeatedly said. The opinion of the deputies is that - the bridge is promising, but no one needs it. For example, the deputy of the City Council Vyacheslav Ilyukhin believes that the project of building the fourth bridge is not only useless, but also harmful. And the assessment of the famous economist Mikhail Khazin is unambiguous - the construction of the bridge will not pay off, all the money earned will be fully used only for the maintenance and overhaul of the bridge.
Doubts about the construction of the fourth bridge are reinforced by the fact that after studying the design documentation, the traffic police found thirteen significant shortcomings in road junctions and access roads of the bridge.
We should not forget that, according to the project documentation, the construction of the bridge will require investments in the amount of more than 32 billion rubles.