Ukraine to raise road repairs by half in 2018 – Deputy Prime Minister

Source : 112 Ukraine

The government allocated a record-breaking $1.74 billion for the last three years to improve the nation’s road infrastructure.
14:03, 16 March 2018

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Ukraine intends to increase road repairs by 50% in 2018 against 2017, to 3,000 km, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Kistion has said, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

“At the start of April, it was ordered to begin repairs and construction work in order to complete the necessary tasks by the start of the next winter. Last year, around 2,000 kilometers of roads were repaired. This year, we intend to improve over 3,000 kilometers of Ukrainian roads,” he wrote on his Facebook page.

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According to him, the government expects to obtain the plan for road repairs in 2018-2020 from the State Automobile Road Agency of Ukraine, also known as Ukravtodor, adding that in the current year the government allocated a record-breaking $1.74 billion for the last three years to improve the nation’s road infrastructure. Particularly, $723 million is to be spent on repairing national roads, $439 million – on local roads (now repaired by regional administrations), some $95 million – on road safety, and $130 million – on the operation of national roads – lighting, marking, cleaning and other objects.

“Today, the Prime Minister of Ukraine instructed Ukravtodor to carry out a large-scale audit of the condition of Ukrainian roads, particularly those repaired in 2017. The government considers the quality of repairs as the top priority. The works must be carried out flawlessly, and every hryvnia from the state budget must be invested efficiently,” the deputy prime minister said.

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Earlier, Volodymyr Groysman said that the plan to fund the road sector amounts to $1.74 billion. Works will be carried out at 218 facilities. Almost 60% of blueprints have been designed. The updated construction standard has been issued, and it must become the go-to book for road services.

Concession road projects are being prepared synchronously. One of them could be the Krakovets – Lviv road. Ukravtodor said there is significant interest in the project from investors.

The Prime Minister also pointed to the fact that due to weather conditions, it is not possible to begin road works yet, but the works are expected to kick-off very quickly as soon as the weather changes.

“We will begin repairing works in April. We need to deal with all the contractors, with all the services to have them ready,” Groysman said.

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