The State Automobile Roads Agency (Ukravtodor) and China’s Poly Changda Engineering Co. Ltd have signed a memorandum of cooperation as part of the implementation of the first phase of construction of Big orbital roads around Kyiv connecting M-05 Kyiv-Odesa and M-06 Kyiv-Chop highways.
According to a posting on the website of the Infrastructure Ministry, during signing the document, Infrastructure Minister Vladyslav Krykliy said that the memorandum is an important stage in cooperation for the start of construction of the orbital road.
“Our goal is to ensure 40% growth of the country’s economy in five years, and for this we need to ensure large-scale construction throughout the country. Any infrastructure project gives a return with the greatest multiplier. Each dollar invested today in a year will give plus $2 for the economy. We are very pleased that Poly Changda Engineering shares our big investment plans, and especially in such important projects as the Great Orbital Road around Kyiv. In Ukraine, there was no experience of concession roads, so it is very important to start these projects with large reliable strategic partners,” the press service said, citing Krykliy.
At the same time, Krykliy expressed his expectations that both sides will be able to quickly complete all the required preparatory technical and economic calculations and begin construction next year.
The press service of the ministry reported that this was discussed at a meeting on April 16 chaired by Deputy Infrastructure Minister of Ukraine Yuriy Lavreniuk. Deputy Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Utilities Economy Minister Lev Partskhaladze, Deputy Chairman of the Kyiv City Administration Dmytro Davtyan, acting Deputy Chairman of Ukravtodor Oleksandr Kharchenko, representatives of the State Service for Geodesy, Cartography and Cadastre in Kyiv region, Kyivavtodor, Kyiv City Administration and Kyiv Regional Administration took part in the meeting.
Lavreniuk determined three financing options: at the expense of the national budget, attracting international investors or concession.
“It is necessary to solve all the problematic issues as soon as possible and start construction of the first stage of the big orbital road, which will relieve and save the roads of Kyiv, reduce the number of road accidents in the city, contribute to strengthening Ukraine as a transit state and development of the infrastructure of Kyiv region,” he said.
According to the ministry, at the end of the meeting all participants were instructed to submit proposals to the Ministry of Infrastructure in two weeks to find solutions to the problematic issues.