Major road plans are being set for Russia’s two key cities
First publishedin World Highways
Targets are being set for road investment, construction and repairs in Russia. To meet the country’s infrastructure needs, Russia’s National Association of Builders estimates that some 1,500km of roads must be built/year.
Meanwhile the highway authorities in Moscow are aiming to repair around 33% of the city’s road surface every year.
Some 23.6 million m2 of road surface will be repaired in Moscow during 2012, compared with 24.7 million m2 in 2011. A similar amount will be repaired in 2013 under the plan, which is also introducing new asphalt laying methods as well as the use of more durable materials. Because of seasonal weather conditions, repair works for 2012 should be finished by 25th August and quality of the works will be assessed by Obedinenie Administrativno-Tekhnicheskikh Inspektsiy.
The authorities in the city of St Petersburg and the immediate surrounding regions are setting impressive infrastructure investment targets until 2020. Under the plans some US$62.23 billion will be spent on transport from now until 2020. The plans include spending on local roads as well as the city’s second ring road, and also investments in the metro and light rail/tram networks.
All three of Moscow’s main airports are to benefit from major upgrades to their road connections. The city's authorities will repair and improve eight key connecting roads to Vnukovo, Domodedovo, and Sheremetyevo airports by 2015. The first section of the new Moscow - St Petersburg tolled highway forms part of the new route into Sheremetyevo airport, due for completion during 2014.Around US$5.6 billion will be spent on repairing and improving the road connections to the airports.