On April 5, the Belarus head of state raised a question of the quality and repair of regional highways and rural roads. The Belarusian leader outlined that our people are not used to driving on bad roads. Although highways in Belarus are up to the mark, the condition of local roads is problematic.
Alexander Lukashenko, President of the Republic of Belarus:
The local road network must be brought into appropriate condition. We must finish road repair and recovery by the end of this five-year period. We have enough technologies, including those we’ve already tested in practice. It should be kept in mind that we decided to make concrete roads. In case it’s still relevant and profitable (at least no specialist reported to me it’s not profitable), we should make as many concrete roads as possible. If it’s impossible in some places, then these must be asphalt and concrete roads. I emphasize once again that we have enough technologies to do it. There are four years for not only finding some ways, but for taking a clear stand and improving the road condition using allocated funds. Governors must exercise iron control over this process.
The current meeting was announced at the end of 2016. At the opening of the second Minsk ring road the head of state set a goal to inspect regional highway condition thoroughly. On April 5, the results of the government monitoring were summarized.
Vladimir Amarin, Minister of Finance of the Republic of Belarus:
About 900 million rubles will be spent on thorough repairing of regional motor roads in the period from 2017 to 2020. There will be money from the Republican Road Fund and local budgets. First of all, the funds from state duty levied for admission of a vehicle to participate in traffic will be used. About 120 million rubles from the above sources will be put into improving local roads.
The length of regional roads in Belarus is 71,000 km. According to various calculations, from six to ten thousand kilometers of them need immediate repairing. In recent years, great attention has been paid to large highways, and it seemed like local roads were forgotten. Earlier, only one third of money from motorcar taxes remained in local budgets, but now these funds will be equally distributed for maintaining national and local roads.