A new overpass has opened in the town of Kryokshino at the 36th kilometre of the Moscow Railway’s Kiev Line during the final stage of a road upgrade project near Kievskoye Motorway.
“Three overpasses have been built over the Moscow Railway’s Kiev Line since early 2017. We are officially opening one of them here today. The overpass will increase the motorway’s capacity by five or six times, also connecting to the Minsk and Kiev lines of the Moscow Railway, as well as Kaluzhskoye Motorway, with due consideration for the road section we opened earlier. So I wish people happy driving, as their life has improved slightly today,” Sergei Sobyanin said, while opening the overpass.
Railway crossings are a major problem plaguing drivers. “Drivers have to wait for a long time here, especially after we reduced commuter trains’ service intervals. Therefore they can spend hours in a queue. Indeed, this is a very serious problem. So we decided to build 12 overpasses across the tracks several years ago. And ten of them have been completed,” he explained.
Faster and bigger
Due to the old surface-level railway crossing’s low capacity, not more than 350 vehicles could drive in one direction each hour. This created problems, including for city buses. The at-grade intersection increased the risk of vehicle-train collisions and also lacked pavements (sidewalks).
The project was launched in January 2016. It took 18 months to complete a two-lane viaduct measuring 168 metres long. This made it possible to boost the crossing’s capacity five-six-fold, that is, to 1,600-2100 vehicles per hour (in one direction).
The 3.1-kilometre road between the Solnechnaya and Tsentralnaya streets has been widened to two lanes in each direction. And a turnaround and exit ramps have been built under the viaduct and on side streets.
Sound screens over 800 metres long have been installed on the overpass, and they also shield residential buildings in nearby Kryokshino and the Kryokshino non-profit gardening cooperative from noise and dust.
Pedestrians, including those with limited mobility, will have a 2.25-metre wide pavement. Moreover, surface crossings feature low curbstones protruding just four centimetres above the ground, ramps and tactile paving. “The overpass pavement can be used by people with prams and disabled persons. They can enter via the ramp and ride smoothly onto the road and towards bus stops,” said First Deputy Head of the City Department of Construction Pyotr Aksyonov.
The new overpass will link the Borovskoye and Minskoye motorways, will help eliminate bottlenecks and increase the capacity of these roads. The traffic capacity toward the Borovskoye and Minskoye motorways will increase six-fold and five-fold, respectively.
Pedestrians will receive a safe railway crossing, with vehicles crossing the tracks unhindered. People from nearby districts will be able to use additional public transit routes.
According to Mr Aksyonov, the new overpass is the fourth transport structure that has opened in the Troitsky and Novomoskovsky administrative areas. Of the three overpasses spanning the Moscow Railway’s Kiev Line, the fourth one was the most difficult project. “This is the only overpass spanning the Moscow Railway’s Kiev Line that was built parallel to the railway, and the crossing is located nearby,” Mr Aksyonov explained. This crossing is notorious for heavy traffic because many lorries are headed towards the Kryokshino industrial zone and the Kryokshino warehouse facility.
12 new overpasses
In 2014-2017, the city has built the following ten new motorway overpasses:
- five overpasses spanning the Moscow Central Circle (Leningradsky, Mozhaisky, Zvenigorodsky, Volokolamsky and Koptevsky)
- an overpass at the seventh kilometre of the Moscow Railway’s Paveletsk Line (near Nizhniye Kotly station)
- an overpass at the 34th kilometre of the Moscow Railway’s Kursk Line (Shcherbinka)
- an overpass at the 18th kilometre of the Moscow Railway’s Kiev Line (Peredelkino)
- an overpass at the 33rd kilometre of the Moscow Railway’s Kiev Line (Kokoshkino)
- an overpass at the 36th kilometre of the Moscow Railway’s Kiev Line (Kryokshino).
There are plans to complete and open the following two overpasses before the year is out:
- an overpass between 2nd Yuzhnoportovy Proyezd and Yuzhnoportovaya Street
- Bogorodsky overpass spanning the Moscow Central Circle (all projects have been completed in the MCC security zone).
The overpass between 2nd Yuzhnoportovy Proyezd and Yuzhnoportovaya Street will be opened in late October, Mr Aksyonov added.