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Belarus president opens reconstructed bridge in Gomel Oblast

President 06.11.2018 | 15:33

ZHITKOVICHI DISTRICT, 6 November (BelTA) – A reconstructed bridge over the Pripyat River in Zhitkovichi District, Gomel Oblast was solemnly opened on 6 November. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko took part in the ceremony, BelTA has learned.

Alexander Lukashenko noted that the commissioning of new significant facilities in the run-up to 7 November – October Revolution Day – has already become a good tradition in Belarus. The year 2018 is not an exception. “I think young people will support our aspirations,” believes Alexander Lukashenko. He reminded that due to its faulty state the bridge had to be closed to traffic in December 2017. The bridge's closure became a massive problem for residents of the town of Turov and Zhitkovichi District.

Back then the head of state gave instructions to arrange a ferry crossing and a pontoon bridge, however, those solutions could not resolve the problem completely. “When I saw mass media coverage of the problem, I understood what it could lead to. And it did. It was a catastrophe for the people, who have to get to the other bank of the river to get to work and for other reasons. This is why everything was done here very fast. Keep in mind that within half a year construction workers had to change the riverbed, build access roads to ferry crossings, remove the old bridge, order and deliver the new construction, install the necessary props and build a new bridge. It was a great deal of work,” noted the head of state. Alexander Lukashenko admitted that when instructions were given that everything was to be done by 7 November and everyone promised it would be done, he had doubts whether the task would be accomplished or not. “But it was done even ahead of schedule. Great work!” said the president.

“I am told that the tight schedule has not affected the quality of the bridge. In addition to resolving difficult issues and reaching assigned goals the construction workers acquired invaluable experience. Not only the experience of blowing up the bridge although it was a complicated task,” Alexander Lukashenko noted. “It is here that many innovative ideas and technologies have been implemented. Everyone worked to achieve the result.”

The president thanked everyone, who had contributed to the construction project. “The key task of the state is to secure decent living standards for the citizens and give them equal opportunities for work regardless of where they live,” he stated.

The local residents welcomed the reopening of the bridge since an important problem of theirs has been resolved at the state level within a very short period of time.

Alexander Lukashenko together with top officials of the regional administration and the transport ministry cut the red ribbon to open the bridge to traffic. The local residents thanked the head of state for the gift. Local school students presented a model of the bridge to Alexander Lukashenko.

“This bridge has taught us a lot,” said the president. “Bridges are designed to unite. It is their function. Disunite or separate are not. And unity lies at the heart of our policy.”

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