Originally Posted by Colebatch
By 2010 the entire Trans Siberian highway was paved with wide, silky smooth asphalt. Again Putin returned armed with media posse and drove the highway in a Lada Kalina. (small 2wd car).
I believe that the info quoted above may not be completely accurate. Some gravel/sand sections do
still exist on the Transsib proper. At least during the summer of 2012, the following was seen somewhere around Alzamay:
For the sake of the argument, I will admit that this was the view to the actual construction area of the main M53 highway, but the detour around this was a very bumpy and dusty gravel road as well, far from wide, silky smooth asphalt.