After the reconstruction and overhaul of some sections of the M-4 Don federal highway it will have four lanes along the whole route from Moscow to Voronezh.
To accomplish the task it is necessary to complete the reconstruction of 82.8 kilometers of the highway in Lipetsk region – Yelets and Yarkino bypasses. This year the construction of a 26.3-km long bypass for Voronezh is to begin and the startup is scheduled for 2013.
In Rostov region a 42.8-km reconstructed section will be commissioned by the end of the year and the highway will have four lanes from 282 km to 343 km.
Avtodor State Company management drove along M-4 Don highway last week and said reconstruction and construction work was on schedule. During the trip the management of the state company met the leadership of Tula, Lipetsk, Voronezh, Rostov, and Krasnodar territories. The meetings focused on the construction, maintenance, and operation of the Don highway. Taskforces were set up from representatives of the state company, regional administrations and municipalities in Rostov and Krasnodar regions to tackle the problems emerging in the course of reconstruction. Most work in the regions is scheduled for 2012-2014.
Highway reconstruction will be accompanied by gradually increased speed limit up to 110 km/h. At present such speed is allowed at the first toll section at 414 – 464 km of the Don highway in Lipetsk region. At meetings with regional leaderships it was numerously stressed that increased speed of passenger and cargo delivery and modern road traffic safety norms are the main aim of the reconstruction.