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War-damaged bridge in Severodonetsk reopened after major restructuring

06/12/2016 - 14:20
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The official opening of the bridge took place on 6th December 2016. The road bridge across Siverskyi Donets river, which is one of vital arteries for the city, was damaged during the armed hostilities in summer 2014. The bridge was restored with the EU funding ( project “Capital repair of Road Bridge across Siverskyi Donets River”).

The EU supported capital repair of the bridge over Siverskyi Donets river according to the European standards. 2 800 m2 of pavements and 900 m2 of sidewalks as well as 580 meters of handrails were replaced, all lighting of the bridge and surroundings was restored, video observation and telecommunication connection with Lysychansk was provided. The total length of the bridge is 288 meters, width 7 meters.

During the official opening Valentin Kazakov, Severodonetsk city mayor emphasized: "As a representative of the local authority of Severodonetsk, I express deep gratitude to the European Union for supporting this project which is very important for our citizens. The EU grant made the restoration of road traffic across the river between two cities possible. No doubt, this will make the life of Severodonetsk and Lysychansk citizens more comfortable; improve economic ties and functioning of the infrastructure in both cities”.

Piet Blonde, Political Advisor,  European Union Delegation to Ukraine said: "Ukraine is a priority partner for the EU. Our cooperation remains strong. May this bridge we open today be just one symbol of  this cooperation. Our support to Donbas extends way beyond humanitarian aid, and we will see soon similar projects be carried out in Donbas as well as elsewhere in Ukraine."

For more information, please contact: Ganna Rudenko, tel.: +38 (0983725777), +38 (0509574328) or via e-mail:

Background information:

The EU-funded project “Capital repair of Road Bridge across Siverskyi Donets River” was implemented by Severodonetsk city council within the EU program" Support to Ukraine’s Regional Development Policy". Total budget of the project is €1,523,954, the EU contribution is €1,430,048, the contribution of the city council is €99 906. Project implementation period is 18 months. The project aims to restore traffic across Siversky Donets river, and create favorable conditions and safe communication across the bridge for large groups of population.

To learn more about the project, please, visit:  Photos and videos of the reconstructed bridge are available at the following link –


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