A through connection between St. Petersburg and Vladivostok will be openedby 2004. Sergey Frank, Russian Minister of Transportation, voiced thisstatement at the second Baikal economic forum in Irkutsk. According to theMinister, this project will be over, as soon as the highway between Chitaand Khabarovsk is constructed in 2004. Frank stressed that this highwaywould "provide development of the region". Moreover, thousands ofadditional work places will be created, he added..