The State Automobile Roads Agency of Ukraine (Ukravtodor) plans to restore 150 bridges in 2021.
“The plan for 2021 is 150 bridges. By 2025 we will update at least 20 bridges in each region,” according to the presentation of Head of Ukravtodor Oleksandr Kubrakov at the Ukraine 30. Infrastructure forum on Tuesday.
According to the presentation, in 2020, Ukravtodor outstripped the target of the National Program for the Restoration of Bridges, restoring 158 structures compared with 100 bridges planned.
According to Ukravtodor, more than 80% of artificial structures in Ukraine were built before 1980. In total, there are 16,155 artificial structures in the country, of which 5,845 are on state roads and 10,310 on local roads. To date, only 73% of bridges have been examined.
At the same time, Director of the Road Development Department of Ukravtodor Andriy Ivko said that the priority program for restoration indicated 895 bridges requiring urgent repair. Another 169 are close to emergency condition, and their renewal is a matter of national security.
The State Roads Agency of Ukraine (Ukravtodor) intends to repair 6,800 km of roads in 2021, said head of the agency Oleksandr Kubrakov.
“In 2020, the road sector has become a state priority. The program for 2020 envisages 4,000 km of roads. In 2021, we plan to repair and build more than 6,000 km of roads,” he said during an online presentation of the first public-private partnership program on Thursday.
The State Automobile Roads Agency of Ukraine, also known as Ukravtodor, is developing a five-year program for repair of 24,000 km of international, national and regional highways worth UAH 500 billion, acting Head of Ukravtodor Slawomir Nowak has said in an interview with Interfax-Ukraine.
“Now, at the request of the President’s Office, we are preparing a program of repairs of the country’s main roads of M-N-R types with a total length of 24,000 km. We are calculating about UAH 500 billion for this program for five years,” he said.
The head of the state agency said that over the past few years, Ukraine has significantly increased prices for the main materials from which the asphalt mix is made: bitumen has doubled in price, and crushed stone prices grew 2.6 times.
He also said that he was considering attracting funds from international financial institutions (IFIs) for this program: European banks and the World Bank.
Earlier, Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan said in the media that it is needed 10 years and UAH 1 trillion for the repair of roads in Ukraine.