History of Realization

Since 1960s, Leningrad has been experiencing considerable difficulties associated with the transport connection between the northern and southern districts. The constant increase in cargo turnover at the Seaport with time led to a critical level of load on urban roads, directed to the port. This situation was creating problems for the smooth operation of the city’s transport system and the active development of its southern and northern districts.

The future highway, passing in close proximity to the Sea port and connecting the north and south of the city on the shortest possible route was included into the General plan of Development of Leningrad in 1966.


Works on the project implementation began in the mid 90-s:

17.11.1997

Foundation of Joint Stock Company Western High-Speed Diameter by the order of the City Property Management Committee of St. Petersburg No. 1261-р.

12.11.1999

Establishment of a working group to develop a project of the construction of the Western High-Speed Diameter highway by the order of the State Committee of the Russian Federation for Construction, Housing and Public Utilities No. 119

01.02.2000

The order of the governor of St. Petersburg Vladimir Yakovlev on the approval of route location of the Western High-Speed Diameter highway

27.02.2003

Obtainment of the positive conclusion of the Federal State Unitary Enterprise Glavgosekspertiza of Russia (State Expert Body) on investment feasibility study for the construction of the Western High-Speed Diameter highway

04.11.2004

WHSD JSC together with a group of design companies led by Institute Stroyproekt JSC started their work on the development of the design for the construction of the Western High-Speed Diameter highway

20.09.2005

The construction of the Southern section of the WHSD from the junction with the Ring Road to the crossing with Krasnoputilovskaya Street and the joining section of areas No. 3 and No. 4 of the Sea port of St. Petersburg in the alignment of Avtomobilnaya Street

30.10.2008

The launch of traffic on the Southern section of the WHSD from KAD to Krasnoputilovskaya Street, including joining of areas No. 3 and No. 4 of the Sea port of St. Petersburg

2006 г.

St Petersburg Government passed the Law № 627-100 on St. Petersburg taking part in PPP-based projects.  

19.05.2010

Commencement of the construction of the Northern section of the WHSD passing from the right bank of the River Bolshaya Nevka to the intersection with the E-18 Scandinavia highway

14.10.2010

The launch of traffic on the Southern section of the WHSD on the stretch from Krasnoputilovskaya Street to Blagodatnaya Street

14.03.2011

Northern Capital Highway, LLC was established 

14.05.2011

Launching of toll operation on the launched section of the WHSD from the Ring Road to Blagodatnaya Street

09.08.2011

The results of bids’ consideration were presented, and the open tender results were summed up in a meeting of Tender Committee chaired by the Governor of St. Petersburg Valentina Matvienko. By the decision of Tender Committee, Northern Capital Highway LLC was unanimously recognized as the winner of the open tender for the WHSD as the partner

20.12.2012

A 30-year PPP Agreement was signed between Northern capital highway LLC, Western High-Speed Diameter JSC and St. Petersburg.   

10.10.2012

The entire stretch of the Southern section of the WHSD to the embankment of the River Ekateringofka was opened for traffic with the participation of the Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev and the Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation Maksim Sokolov

01.03.2013

Commencement of the construction of the Central section of the WHSD from traffic interchange with the River Ekateringofka to the right bank of the River Bolshaya Nevka in accordance with the terms and conditions of the PPP Agreement

02.08.2013

The Northern section of the WHSD was opened for traffic in the presence of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin

01.12.2013

In accordance with the terms and conditions of the PPP Agreement, the Southern section of the WHSD was handed over to Northern Capital Highway LLC for operation

01.05.2014

In accordance with the terms and conditions of the PPP Agreement, the Northern section of the WHSD was handed over to Northern Capital Highway LLC for operation

15.05.2014

Launching of toll operation on the Northern section of the WHSD from the traffic interchange with Primorsky Avenue to the intersection with the E-18 Scandinavia highway

09.08.2016

Works on the closure of the Western High-Speed Diameter contour completed 

02.12.2016

An official opening ceremony of the Central section of the WHSD and the launch of traffic along the entire length of the highway took place in St. Petersburg in the presence of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin

04.12.2016

The Central Section of the WHSD was opened for traffic.