As noted at the opening ceremony by Vladimir Yakunin, president of Russian Railways, the company put this first phase of the project into operation on schedule.
‘There are obvious benefits for residents of the Adler district, visitors to Sochi, and, of course, construction workers at Olympic sites from the extra kilometres of road added to the existing network,’ said Mr Yakunin.
The total length of the first automobile section of the “Adler – Alpika Service” combined railway and highway, an Olympic facility, is 6 km (4 lanes) and the section includes two interchanges. The bridges and overpasses on this stretch of road are 2.241 km long and the acoustic screens are 5.513 km.
The section of road will help control all transit traffic from the Psou region towards Sochi, by passing the center of Adler.
The transport hub interconnects Adler, Veseloe, Krasnaya Polyana and the Imeriti lowland.
Traffic on the Adler - Krasnaya Polyana highway from where it intersects the M-27 Dzhugba-Sochi highway is set to increase to 25,220 vehicles / day.
The number of lanes on the interchange slip roads takes into account projected traffic growth over the next 20 years.
Russian Railways is building the main infrastructure facility for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi: the “Adler - Alpika Service” combined railway and highway.
The lines of this road run to a total of 124.5 km, including 6 tunnel complexes (a total of 14 tunnels), 36 rail and 31 road bridges.
The project has a strict completion deadline of 5 years, which requires focusing all logistical and financial resources on the simultaneous operation of all sites.
Six tunnel complexes are currently under construction in mountainous areas. Emergency evacuation and service passages have been drilled for the first and fifth complexes, as well as rail tunnel № 2. The remaining tunnels are on schedule.
Construction of the project is being carried out by SK Most, a division of OJSC Stry-Test under contract to Russian Railways.
Combined (rail and motor) road from Adler to the mountain resort Alpika-Service nearly 48.2 km long will be not only the main passenger artery of 2014 Olympic Games, but will also improve regional infrastructure due to connection to M-27 federal road through traffic interchanges.
The new Adler – Krasnaya Polyana road is laid mainly on the left bank of Mzymta River. Designers considered all features of natural landscape and traced railway and traffic in parallel to each other. Twelve tunnels with the total length of 27 km and 45 bridges will be built here. This solution allows nearly streamlined connection between Adler and Alpica-Service terminal station.
The planned railway capacity between Adler and Krasnaya Polyana is 6 train-pairs per hour. Train speed at this section will be up to 160 km/h. Trains positions will be monitored using GLONASS satellite navigation system.
Enterprises of SK MOST group of companies are working at the road segment between pickets 141 and 462, between the 14th and the 46th kilometers of the road. Six railway tunnels with the total length over 10 km, 3 traffic tunnels (over 7 km) and 3 service tunnels (over 9 km) are under construction at the road connecting Akhshtyr and Esto-Sadok settlements. They are built using both rock tunneling method (with roadheader machines) and shield tunneling method (with using Tunnel Boring Machines).