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19 July 2018

Deputy Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Southern Federal District of Russia and Head of Avtodor discussed issues related to the transport network development in the South of Russia

On July 19, Deputy Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Southern Federal District Mr. Vladimir Gurba joined the working group of the State Company Avtodor which makes a work-related trip along M-4 Don Federal Highway. During their journey on M-4 Don, Vladimir Gurba and Chairman of the Board of the State Company Avtodor Sergei Kelbakh discussed new road construction projects, the implementation of which is going to provide a non-stop transit towards the Black Sea coast, including Crimea.

First of all, there are two construction projects – bypass of Aksay in Rostov Region and the Long Distance Bypass of Krasnodar. These two projects are now being reviewed by the Russian State Expert Evaluation Department, Sergei Kelbakh noted.

Another important project is construction of the new Krasnodar – Abinsk – Novorossiysk Highway, which will be linked with the new motorway to Tsemdolina.

“Thus, we will be able to split the transit into two streams before Krasnodar: one will run towards Novorossiysk and Crimea, and the other one towards Dzhubga and Sochi.

If we manage to implement these projects within the next 3 to 5 years, the South of Russia will get an entirely new economy,” believes the Head of Avtodor.

He noted that these projects coincide with the program for the development of Black Sea ports and road approaches to railway stations.

“Motorways today are an important part of the logistics chain from the freightage point of view. Road transportation ranks second and, sometimes, even first after the railway transport. In our case, it is delivery of cargo, such as grain and food, to sea ports for export. This infrastructure is very important for the Russian economy. Without perfect roads the economic formula cannot be efficient,” said Vladimir Gurba assessing the importance of the development of new express highways in the South of Russia.