Russian President Vladimir Putin has actually approved the project for the construction of a highway bridge across the Lena River in the area of Yakutsk. He wrote a brief instruction on the letter in which the head of Yakutia, Aisen Nikolaev, asked to provide funds for the project in the budget: "The situation has matured for implementation." There, the president instructed the government to make a proposal, Kommersant reports citing its own sources.

The bridge parameters are already defined. The length of the bridge crossing is 3.1 km, 10.9 km of approaches. The cost of construction will be 63.7 billion rubles plus VAT in the amount of 19.2 billion rubles. The bulk of the amount is a capital grant of 54.2 billion rubles (47.8 billion rubles — the federal budget, 6.4 billion rubles — the regional). 9.5 billion rubles and the entire VAT is paid by the investor in the amount of 28.6 billion rubles. The total project cost is 82.9 billion rubles.

If the grant is allocated, the construction of the bridge is expected to be completed in 2025. According to Aisen Nikolaev, the commissioning of the bridge will ensure the growth of year-round transport accessibility of the population from 20.9 percent in 2018 to 70 percent in 2025, will increase the GRP of Yakutia by 2.5–3 percent and reduce the annual cost of northern delivery by 4.1 billion rubles. The head of Yakutia asks to find funds for construction in the 2021–2024 budget in a letter.

Currently, Yakutsk remains the only one of the hundred largest cities in Russia that does not have year-round ground transport links with access to the federal road network. n winter, vehicles go along the winter road, in summer - on a ferry, which you need to wait two hours. There is no stable communication between East and West Yakutia 152 days a year.

According to current calculations, the cable-stayed bridge will have two lanes.