Prime Minister of Ukraine Oleksiy Honcharuk together with Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Vladyslav Kryklii and Head of State Agency for Motor Roads of Ukraine (Ukravtodor) Olexandr Kubrakov presented Road Strategy for 2020.
"Road construction is the top priority for the the President's and Government team this year. Starting from March 1, we begin a large-scale construction - this year we need to be ready for the early start of the season. On the part of public authorities we will try to complete all the bureaucratic procedures by this date. Of course, not all objects will be ready, but enough to load all the capacity of the business," said Oleksiy Honcharuk.
The PM added that in 2020 the Government set a goal to build and repair a record number of roads. The issue at stake is not about patch repairs, but new construction or renovation.
The Head of Government named road from Dnipro to Reshetylivka as one of major project this year: "This a good route which connects Kyiv and Dnipro. Our team has already repaired Zaporizhia-Mariupol road in record time last fall. Our goal is to build a high-quality road from Lviv to Mariupol".
This year's road construction budget is unprecedented in Ukraine's history. In 2020, it is planned to allocate UAH 86.5 billion to repair roads of national importance.
"We understand how ambitious our plans are. 6,000 km of roads in one year is a record for modern Ukraine, especially since the issue on the table is not only about repairs and construction, but also the introduction of modern business processes, IT tools - is a overhaul of the entire road industry. Therefore, in addition to financing and goal setting, we have shaped instruments designed to ensure the successful implementation of all plans," Olexandr Kubrakov, Head of Ukravtodor noted.
Minister of Infrastructure Vladyslav Kryklii also added that the key goal of the Ministry is to reduce accident rate by 30%. This is enshrined, in particular, in the Government's Action Program. "To achieve this goal, we are building a security infrastructure in 2020, introducing new standards for the construction of pedestrian crossings, multi-level junction and other facilities. Expenditures are worth UAH 1.5 billion", Vladyslav Kryklii underscored.