Dedication ceremony for bridge to Russky island held in Vladivostok

A dedication ceremony for a cable-stayed bridge across Eastern Bosphorus Strait, built for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, began in Vladivostok at noon local time on Wednesday, an Interfax correspondent reported from the ceremony.

"The bridge, commissioned today, is a unique construction project and all residents of Vladivostok, of Primorye and Russia as a whole take pride in it. It is an event of enormous significance and now the bridge is open for all," Vladivostok Mayor Igor Pushkaryov said at the dedication ceremony.

An acceptance act was signed on Wednesday and the bridge was officially put into service, he said.

Public transport services will be launched along the bridge in a month after an interchange under construction on the island has been finished, he added.

The bridge connecting the mainland and Russky Island is one of the world's largest cable-stayed bridges. Its 1,104-meter central stretch is record long. The bridge is 3.1 kilometers long and 70 meters above water level.

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