A major road revamp project is being planned in Russia. The approach routes to the new bridge connecting with Crimea will be improved, boosting capacity, safety and traffic flow. The project will run as part of a series of transport upgrades in the Krasnodar Region, running until 2024 and worth a total of US$1.3 billion.
A 136km stretch of the 150km stretch of highway between Krasnodar and Temryuk will be improved, in a bid to meet the anticipated jump in traffic from around 10,000-20,000 vehicles/day at present to 60,000 vehicles/day in the future. The road was formerly classed as a Regional Road (the R-251) but its classification was changed to its being a Federal Road early in 2018, reflecting its increased importance. The improvement work will help cut journey times along the route from two hours 40 minutes at present to 1 hour 50 minutes, in addition to increasing road capacity.