A railway fly-over called Sun Bridge was put into operation in Bayangol District, Ulaanbaatar, on October 17th, 2012. Financed with the aid granted by the Japanese Government, the project’s construction began in November 2009, bringing the key machineries and equipment from Japan. Now in full operation, the bridge is 262 meters long and has four lanes in two directions, which trucks with the load capacity of 100 tons can travel on. The total project cost was Yen 3. Billion, or MNT 50 Billion.
According to the officials, the bridge, built with steel girder construction, does not require any major repair for the first twenty years, and can function for 100 years if the general maintenance is conducted on a timely manner. It is hoped that the new road can lessen the heavy traffic load experienced in Ulaanbaatar by 30-40 percent as many drivers would now use it rather than the Peace Bridge and Gurvaljin Bridge, both of which had been actively used in the past.
The opening event for the new bridge was attended by high profile guests including Prime Minister N.Altankhuyag, Ulaanbaatar Mayor E.Bat-Uul, and the Ambassador of Japan T.Shimizu.