1 How Do They Create an Ice Crossing Between the Towns of Salekhard and Labytnangi (14 photos)

How Do They Create an Ice Crossing Between the Towns of Salekhard and Labytnangi (14 photos)


In winter, between the towns of Salekhard and Labytnangi situated on both sides of the Ob River, there is an ice road. The ice crossing is not just a path through the ice area, but an elaborated system with several lanes located at some distance from each other. The following discussion focuses about how this crossing is created.

Crossing – it is three lanes, each having a width of 30 meters and a length of 1700, the total length – 5300 meters. From Salekhard to Labytnangi – there is one lane, there are cars and lorries. Back – two lanes. City-neighbor – the city-hard worker, it receives loads by train and sends them to the district center. Therefore, there is a separate lane for “lorries”. Today, a third lane is closed, it is frozen. With the permission of the ice crossing administration, we drove past the sign and went to the place where the most interesting things are

The road on the river is as flat as asphalt, even as flat as an ice rink.

– The weather this year was great, – explains Ludmila Pavlovich, head of the area of ​​self-financing of “Yamal Avtodor” – ferries left early, ice is flat, and there are no hummocks, and they finished with the road construction in record time – in a week and a half. Typically, the preparation of the ice bridge takes three weeks. Two tractors work on the lane, each one has got a pump, and each pump is served by two road workers. They are in orange suits…

… and in boots, which, as a colleague said, can withstand up to minus seventy degrees.


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One Response to “How Do They Create an Ice Crossing Between the Towns of Salekhard and Labytnangi (14 photos)”

  1. Douglas says:

    This is a lot of work. [I guess it would be costly to use an ice-surfacing machine....that are used for ice skating rinks.] Anyway, this method appears to work.

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