Opening of pedestrian Estonian-Russian border checkpoint in Narva delayed ({{commentsTotal}})

As a result of red tape on the Russian side, the Narva-2 pedestrian checkpoint on the Estonian-Russian border in Narva, where reconstruction of facilities on the Estonian side was completed at the end of 2015, will open in the fall at the earliest.

As a result of red tape on the Russian side, the Narva-2 pedestrian checkpoint on the Estonian-Russian border in Narva, where reconstruction of facilities on the Estonian side was completed at the end of 2015, will open in the fall at the earliest.

The the earliest the checkpoint could open is in September of this year, Estonian Ministry of the Interior Press Officer Toomas Viks told BNS. The spokesman stated that the cause for delay was red tape in Russia.

The pedestrian crossing checkpoint is situated in a two-story building next to the gates of the former Kreenholm Manufacturing Company. Pedestrians cross the Narva River separating the Estonian city of Narva from the Russian town of Ivangorod via a 184.5-meter, or 605-foot) bridge constructed in 1980.

Estonian state realty firm Riigi Kinnisvara AS (RKAS) and construction company Ehitus5ECO OÜ signed a contract in June 2015 for the reconstruction of the Narva-2 checkpoint and pedestrian bridge for 777,000 euros.

The work was financed using funds from the Estonia-Latvia-Russia cross-border cooperation program within the European Neighborhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI).