On December 22, 2016 the official opening ceremony of the new section of M-4 Don highway to bypass Novaya Usman and Rogachevka villages (Voronezh Region, 517th km – 544th km) was held.
The opening was attended by the RF Minister of Transport Maksim Sokolov, Voronezh Region Governor Aleksei Gordeyev, Chairman of the Board of the State Company Avtodor Sergei Kelbakh, and Deputy Director of the Federal Road Agency (Rosavtodor) Igor Astakhov.
"The actions of the State Company’s team are a benchmark for the road employees," Maksim Sokolov said during the section opening ceremony.
"It is important that Avtodor not only uses the budget funds, but also actively attracts the investors. The bypasses near Novaya Usman and Rogachevka villages as well as the future bypass of Losevo village and the city of Pavlovsk are the vivid examples of this," Maksim Sokolov added.
Besides, the Minister highly appreciated the level of the quality of the new sections built on M-4 Don Federal Highway. "Everyone who traveled along M-4 Don experienced its high quality," the Minister said.
According to him, Avtodor is also a leader in application of innovative technologies.
The bypass of Novaya Usman and Rogachevka villages is a 29-kilometer section of a four-lane motorway of IA category with a dividing strip 6 m wide, two multilevel interchanges, 14 flyovers with a total length of 1,159 m, as well as two pedestrian crossings with the total length of 163 m. The estimated speed limit on the new road will be 150 km/h.
Traffic on the new section was opened for testing on November 18, 2016. Prior to that, the section passing through the settlements was one of the most difficult places on M-4 Don highway. as crossing the villages adversely affected the environmental conditions, road safety and speed of transit traffic.
Construction of the bypass near Novaya Usman and Rogachevka villages was started on June 5, 2014. The new section is a continuation of the bypass of the city of Voronezh commissioned in November 2013. The bypass was built as part of the long-term investment agreement between the State Company Avtodor and Transstroymekhanizatsiya LLC, included in the group of Mostotrest PJSC. The contract provides for the section construction, maintenance and repair for 20 years after construction.
The section will be operated in the toll mode after its official commissioning, starting from 00:00 on December 26, 2016.
The M-4 Don Moscow - Voronezh - Rostov-on-Don - Krasnodar - Novorossiysk Federal Highway is the main vertical axis of the Russian road system connecting the central and northern regions of the European part of the country with the North Caucasus, the Black Sea coast, and the port of Novorossiysk. The length of the road is more than 1,500 km. M-4 Don highway was transferred for trust management to the State Company Avtodor in May 2010. After introduction of new high-speed sections, 918,172 km of M-4 Don highway were classified as IB category, 101,135 km as IA category, and 100,629 km as IB category. As a result of a large-scale reconstruction carried out by the State Company Avtodor, the entire M-4 Don highway will be classified to the first technical category in 2019.
Currently, more than 500 km of roads within M-4 Don highway operate in the toll mode. These are the sections in Moscow and Tula regions (21st km – 93rd km and 93rd km – 211th km), bypassing the towns of Bogoroditsk (from 225th km to 260th km) and Ephremov (from 287th km to 321st km) in Tula Region, the town of Elec and Yarkino village (from 330th km to 414th km), the town of Zadonsk and the of Khlevnoye village (from 414th to 464th km) in Lipetsk Region, Voronezh (from 492nd to 517th km), and the 544th to 633rd toll section in Voronezh Region. The section layout and the cost of traveling along the same can be found at the State Company website.