9 September 2020

"Russian Highways" State Company presented a vision for the development of the highway network by 2035

All major projects of Avtodor State Company were included in the list of infrastructure projects, the permits for which will be obtained on a simplified basis. Participants of the plenary discussion of the "Innovative Technologies and Intelligent Transport Systems in Road Construction" International Forum in Sochi discussed the development of the backbone highway network. Representatives of the Government of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Transport, Federal Road Agency, General Board of State Expert Review, Parliament, constituent entities of the Russian Federation took part in the discussion.

"The list of roads to be implemented on a simplified basis was approved by the Government of the Russian Federation as per the law (note — "On Specifics of Regulation of Certain Relations to Modernize and Expand the Highway Infrastructure and On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation" dated July 31, 2020)", Grigory Volkov, Head of the Department of State Policy for Road Industry explained in his speech.

According to Vyacheslav Petushenko, Chairman of the Board of Avtodor State Company, now there are two global tasks for development of the network of highways: North – South – West – East. In the south, it is the reconstruction of M-4 Don Highway and a program for expanding "bottlenecks", which will make it possible to get from St. Petersburg to the Black Sea in 2023 at a speed of 110 km/h. Moreover, in the southern direction, it is planned to construct bypasses of Sochi, village of Lazarevskoe, city of Tuapse, as well as from city of Novorossiysk to village of Dzhubga. In the north, it is the reconstruction of a bypass of Tver on M-11 "Neva" Highway, in the east — the construction of M-12 Moscow-Kazan Highway by 2024, it is planned to "reach" Yekaterinburg by 2030, in the horizon by 2035 — to upgrade the entire road route to the east up to Kuzbass to category 1.

Implementation of such ambitious plans requires grand financial and expert support. Thus, according to Valentin Ivanov, Deputy Director of the Department of Regional Development and Infrastructure of the Government of the Russian Federation, the Cabinet of Ministers has been already working on a mechanism and the necessary regulations to attract infrastructure bonds to construction.

Concurrently, new standards for road workers appear in Russia. According to Evgeny Nosov, Deputy Head of the Federal Road Agency, new GOSTs have appeared for use of construction materials (asphalt concrete) in different climatic conditions since July 1.
"Glavgosexpertiza (General Board of State Expert Review), for its part, is ready to accompany all new infrastructure projects and provide expert support", — said Igor Manylov, Head of the federal institution.

Oleg Ponaryin, Deputy Head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia, mentioned in his speech that modern roads require new engineering solutions. According to him, despite the fact that 85% of drivers in Russia are well-behaved, 15% of motorists belong to the category of permanent offenders — it is important for them to envisage new approaches that will significantly reduce the number of accidents.

Vladimir Burmatov, Chairman of the Committee of the State Duma of the Russian Federation on Ecology and Environmental Protection, raised issues of compliance with environmental standards when designing and constructing new highways. He noted that within these infrastructure projects it is necessary to provide for implementation of compensation measures.