A few noteworthy facts - the pole of the cold of the Great Siberian route is located on the Mogocha-Skovorodino section (the Transbaikalian region and the Amur region, respectively). In winter, here it occasionally reaches minus 60 degrees. In addition, on this site there is a continuous zone of permafrost. Even in August, snow may fall in these places (at the end of May when I was here it was raining and it was + 5-7 degrees, in August it was also raining, but it was warmer + 14-15 degrees).
The longest bridge on the Trans-Siberian river is thrown across the Amur. It was built in 1913-1916. "Amur beauty", as the locals called it, became the longest bridge in Russia and the second longest in the world.
The total length of only the largest bridges of Transsib (bridge over the Amur, Zeysky bridge, Kama bridge, Yenisei bridge, Ob bridge, Irtysh bridge) is 7 kilometers 177 meters.
The highway passes through the territories of 12 regions, 5 territories, 2 republics and 1 district, crosses 16 large rivers, among which such giants as Volga, Kama, Yenisei, Amur and Irtysh.
But these are all the facts about the railway, and we also travel by motorcycles. As for the highway, its construction is completed quite recently, literally 5 years ago. In 2012, Putin decided to drive on the Lada (Russian car) from Chita to Blagoveshchensk and on this occasion, Rosavtodor, Federal Ministry for Road Construction, asphalted the last earthy part, about 2000 km. And before that the Trans-Siberian journey was a risky and dangerous business for several reasons.
Firstly, beyond the Urals, many sections of the road were of very poor quality and there were practically no services where you could repair (today in all major cities there are BMW dealers). Near Omsk, Chita and some other cities there are still parts of the old Siberian tract, through which you can drive and understand how the road looked 10 years ago. Pits, potholes, large joints, plots without asphalt.
Secondly, after Chita five years ago the road basically ended and then almost 2000 km of the primer began without any infrastructure (where Putin traveled in 2012). On this site, and now not much, but compared to what it was, it's much better. Cellular communication is still not everywhere there, before it was not at all. Considering that this is a territory of permafrost and the weather here is dramatically changing, traveling around this site at that time was a matter of brave people.
Thirdly, the lucky ones who reached Blagoveshchensk turned out to be in the "criminal" Far East. Truckers and locals told me how in Khabarovsk at one time local bandits took money for permission to pass with the transport through "their" city. It is clear that this was a relatively long time, but still until the last years this road was dangerous, waggons robbed, at night they drained off the diesel engine and removed the wheels. Therefore, until recently, the Business Lines and other transport companies did not go to the Far East. Too high risks that the machine will be robbed. But for the last 5 years the situation has changed for the better and now it is calm and safe on the road during the day. Although I was stopped at the exit from Chita by Police and they warned to be careful, further, the lieutenant told me, "wild places" begin.