Russian President Vladimir Putin, via video link, opened new and repaired road facilities in five regions, including the bridge over the Kalmius River in the Donetsk People’s Republic, reported Kremlin press service.
By the end of 2023, more than 31,000 km of roads will be built, reconstructed and brought to standard in Russia, the president said. Putin called the pace of work good, since last year it was about 29,000 km. “At the end of next year, the industry should reach a new important milestone – bringing 85% of highways in the country’s largest agglomerations to standard,” he added.
As part of the opening ceremony, a bridge in Mariupol was put into operation after a major overhaul. Putin explained that this will allow the restoration of transport links between several districts of the city. “But what is especially important is that this project will speed up movement along the Novorossiya federal highway towards Crimea and increase its transport accessibility,” the president said.
In addition to the bridge in Mariupol, sections of the P-217 Caucasus highway were expanded from two to four lanes, and a complex of interchanges was built on the M-4 Don highway in the Gelendzhik area. Also in the Leningrad region, workers completed the first stage of construction of a bridge crossing over the Svir River in Podporozhye, and in the Sverdlovsk region they completed the overhaul of the section of the P-242 Perm-Ekaterinburg road 40 km ahead of schedule.
In October, at a government meeting, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin announced that about 60 billion rubles were planned to be additionally allocated for advanced financing of dozens of infrastructure projects in the field of road construction in the regions.