The State Agency for Roads of Ukraine (Ukravtodor), within the framework of the National Program for the Renewal of Bridges, announces the completion of restoration work at 11 out of 103 objects planned for 2020.
Agreements on repairs on 60 bridges have also been drawn up to date: 39 of them are already in operation, and repairs of 21 bridges will begin in the near future, Ukravtodor reported on its Facebook page on Wednesday.
Another 30 bridges are in the procurement phase, and two are awaiting tender announcements.
Earlier, Ukravtodor reported that as of September 1, contractors completed work on the arrangement of the upper layer of 1,700 km of roads. Today, in general, work is being carried out on 4,000 km of roads of national importance.
The State Agency of Automobile Roads of Ukraine (Ukravtodor) in 2020 intends to start designing a new bypass road around Kyiv, and in 2021 its construction.
This is stated in the presentation of Ukravtodor, published on the agency’s Telegram channel.
According to the published data, the project provides for the construction of a “half-ring” with a total length of about 150 km, which will connect five international routes. It is planned that the road will consist of six sections and will connect the following roads: M-07 Kyiv-Kovel, M-06 Kyiv-Chop, M-05 Kyiv-Odesa, H-01 Kyiv-Znamyanka, H-08 Boryspil-Mariupol, M- 03 Kyiv-Kharkiv and M-01 Kyiv-Chernihiv.
According to preliminary calculations, peak traffic on certain sections of the road will be more than 70,000 cars per day, and the total traffic will exceed 300,000. In addition, within the framework of the project, it is planned to build a 5.9 km bridge with approaches across the Dnipro River.
The estimated cost of the project is UAH 85 billion.
Currently, a tender has already been announced for the design work of the first section of 35.2 km between M-06 Kyiv-Chop and M-05 Kyiv-Odesa with an estimated cost of UAH 12 billion.
According to Ukravtodor, it is planned to complete the construction of the Kyiv bypass road in five to six years, subject to stable funding.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) is considering the possibility of providing the State Agency of Automobile Roads of Ukraine (Ukravtodor) with EUR 100 million in a loan for the development of roads in Luhansk region.
“The investment loan would support investment in the reconstruction of regional roads T-13 and R-66 in Luhansk region, therefore improving regional connectivity and strengthening the agricultural value chain due to improvements in the associated road infrastructure. The road investment will improve the regional road network with the objective of improving the quality of the road, creating safer road conditions and reducing environmental pollution through improved traffic flow,” the bank’s website said.
According to data released by the EIB, the total cost of reconstruction of these roads is EUR160 million.
As reported, Ukravtodor completed the repair of the section of road N-26 Chuhuyiv-Milove (Luhansk region) within the framework of the Big Construction project.
Тhe State Agency of Automobile Roads of Ukraine (Ukravtodor) intends to completely renew the M-05 Kyiv-Odesa highway in 2020-2021.
Ukravtodor said on its Facebook page that it is also planned to equip roadside infrastructure, recreation areas, establish Weigh-in-Motion sites, as well as other security measures on the highway.
“The repaired 25 km of the road (in Kyiv and Cherkasy regions) brought us closer to the goal for 2021 – to carry out the overhaul of the M-05 road over the entire length. For this, we are already designing sections in three areas. In the near future, we are waiting for work to begin on 40 km of the road in Kyiv region, this is the last non-ideal road section in the region … Another important point is the interchanges that will begin to be built this year. One will be near Vita-Poshtova, the other in Chabany. Strategically we plan to completely abandon left turns on the tracks of international importance,” Head of Ukravtodor Oleksandr Kubrakov said.
The agency also notes that it plans to launch long-term maintenance contracts for the M-05 highway. They can be concluded for a period of up to seven years, while now one- or two-year contracts are most common. To date, Ukraine has only one long-term contract for road maintenance in Lviv region, as part of a pilot in the EBRD and EIB project.
The total length of the M-05 highway is 504.6 km.
The State Automobile Roads Agency of Ukraine (Ukravtodor) has said that only 2% of inspected bridges are in a good condition, Ukravtodor Head Oleksandr Kubrakov said during the presentation of a concept of the government target economic program to restore bridges on automobile roads of general use and local roads for 2020-2025 held in Kyiv on Friday.
“A total of 35% out of 16,200 bridges and structures were examined. That is, we do not even have information about what condition they are in. We can say that only 2% of the bridges are in good condition,” he said.
Kubrakov said that most bridges were built in 1960-1970s (a total of about 8,700 structures).
In total, according to him, there are 16,155 man-made structures in Ukraine that fall under the terminology “bridges” in the corresponding government target program. Of these, only 35% were examined, namely, 5,631 structures.
Of the inspected bridges, 71% are state-owned and 15% are local. At the same time, only 36% correspond to modern standards in terms of weight and size.
According to Ukravtodor, 2% of the inspected bridges are serviceable, 10.6% are limitedly serviceable, 57.8% are functioning, 26.9% are limited to be used, and 2.7% are non-functioning.
The Reform Support Team of the State Automobile Roads Agency of Ukraine (Ukravtodor) is designing a project on road pricing for foreign trucks with the maximum loaded weight of 12 tonnes and more.
An expert of the Reform Support Team at Ukravtodor told Interfax-Ukraine, they plan to charge fees only on vehicles of foreign carriers with the maximum loaded weight of 12 tonnes or more, which carry out transit traffic through Ukraine.
The project is planned to be implemented on the basis of the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS).
According to the calculations of the Ukravtodor’s Reform Support Team, the implementation of the GNSS system on international roads will make it possible to receive additional revenues of UAH 8.9 billion to the Road Fund annually.
The payback of the project will be about one year, and profitability will be about 80%.
The launch of GNSS on international roads will make it possible to implement complete control over passenger traffic and special equipment (garbage trucks), as well as the transportation of dangerous, valuable or special cargoes.
With the help of this system, it is possible to levy fares for crossing bridges, tunnels and cities, parking; control movement and automatic formation of the route for large-size vehicles, as well as bring the transportation market to the transparent plane.
This will also help implement Directive 1999/62/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 June 1999 on the charging of heavy goods vehicles for the use of certain infrastructures.