In Chelyabinsk, the road on Ovchinnikova Street will be closed for seven months from the start of construction of the metrotram, on December 6. Partial restrictions will last until 2026, the Ministry of Transport of the Chelyabinsk Region reported to URA.RU.
“From December 6, 2023 until July 1, 2024, the through passage along Ovchinnikova Street will be closed. The restrictions apply to the area from Okruzhnaya Street 1 to Zamyatina Street,” the ministry clarified to URA.RU.
From July 1, 2024, one lane of the road will be opened in each direction. The ministry noted that access to office buildings and residential entrances will be provided in full. In 2026, there will be a tram exit from the underground section of the line, a surface stop and a pedestrian crossing. The construction of the entire metrotram is planned to be completed by 2027.
The construction of the metrotram in Chelyabinsk entered the active phase in October. On behalf of Russian President Vladimir Putin, the first line should be completed in 2026. The project provides for two branches: “North – South” and “West – East”.
Work began in the 90s, but the construction of the metro was not completed. In 2021, Governor Alexey Teksler presented the concept of a metrotram with integration into the existing tram network. Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Marat Khusnullin previously explained that the metro in Chelyabinsk needs to be completed in order to avoid a man-made disaster.