POSTED: May 28th 2009

Tunnelling launched along the road to Sochi 2014

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA: Construction has begun on the vital tunnel system between Adler and the –örasnaya Polyana mountains channeling the road and railway linkages between the Sochi 2014 Coastal Cluster and the ski venues in the Mountain Cluster.

Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Kozak, announced the works,  
"The infrastructural developments being achieved demonstrate the impetus being brought to the entire Sochi region by the Olympic and Paralympic project.”

“This kind of innovation will enhance quality of life for the area’s residents, and increase convenience for visitors,”  he added on the legacy effect.
 "The first major stage of construction for the most complex Sochi 2014 Olympic facilities has begun. This involves work on a huge scale, including the development of temporary access roads as well as the electricity and water supplies necessary for highways construction. More than 15,000 Sochi residents are already benefitting from improved transport links as work continues”.

The tunnel system located in the Adler district of Sochi will entail a 2.2km road tunnel, a 2.5km rail tunnel and a 2.3km escape tunnel.  All in all the system foresees 50km roadworks and railways that will play a vital role in Sochi 2014, and will comprise 26.5km of road, rail and escape tunnels and more than 35km of bridges and trestles.
Dmitry Chernyshenko, Sochi 2014 CEO, said, “I am proud that construction has commenced on this important project. Following the recent visit of the IOC Coordination Commission to Sochi, this is yet more validation that Sochi 2014 is on track to deliver an innovative Games in 2014.”

“Following construction, travel between Adler and Krasnaya Polyana will take only 30 minutes by train and 40 minutes by road making Sochi 2014’s plan the most compact in the history of the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games”.

The works on the road and rail systems linking Adler with Alpika Service are set to be completed early in 2013, one year prior to the Sochi winter Olympics, giving organizers plenty of time to make test runs on the functionality.

The entire joint road and rail development linking Adler with Alpika Service will be completed in 2013, ahead of Sochi staging Russia’s first Winter Games in 2014.

FIL gives thumbs up to bobsleigh and luge venue

Josef Fendt, President of the International Luge Federation (FIL), recently was in Sochi for the IOC coordination commission visit and had praise for the bobsleigh and luge set to be built in Rzhanaya Polyana. He and Svein Romstad, FIL secretary general, were informed as to the position and were pleased with the location near the Krasnaya Polyana, the center of outdoor events, and the fact that it is well embedded in other venues.

The IOC delegation, headed by chair and world famous skier, Jean-Claude Killy, paid a brief visit to oversee the developments of the progress of the preparations for the Games.

Despite the challenging economic times, Dmitry Kozak has affirmed that funding is ensured to cover the total infrastructure costs estimated at US$14 billion.  These Games will mark the first Russian winter Olympics.

Keywords · Sochi 2014 · Dmitry Kozak · Dmitry Chernyshenko · IOC Coordination Commission · Josef Fendt · Jean-Claude Killy · Svein Romstad

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