The Interbudmontazh Ukraine company has completed the construction of the Beskyd tunnel, the company announced on October 4.

The company has completed all the basic construction work, i.e. it has completed the drilling of the tunnel, as well as its concreting and waterproofing.

The Ukrainian Railways public joint-stock company (Ukrzaliznytsia) recently announced that Interbudmontazh should complete its part of the construction work on November 6.

Subdivisions of Ukrzaliznytsia will now upgrade the roadbed on the approach to the new tunnel, lay the upper structure of the railway track, and install power transmission and communications lines. The entire work is expected to be completed on May 25, 2018, Ukrzaliznytsia said.

The new dual-track tunnel will be able to handle up to 100 pairs of trains traveling at speeds of 60-70 km/h per day. The existing single-track tunnel is capable of handing a maximum of 47 trains traveling at a speed of 15-40 km/h per day.

The Beskyd tunnel was built in 1886. Its low capacity limits the capacity of the entire V Crete International Transport Corridor. The Beskyd tunnel is the only single-track section of the entire V Crete Corridor, which passes through Italy, Slovenia, Hungary, Slovakia, Ukraine, and Russia (Trieste-Ljubljana-Budapest-Bratislava-Uzhhorod-Lviv).