Price-quality is a well-known criterion. Highways are good and still free for inhabitants in Belarus. Another main transport traffic artery Minsk-Grodno turned into a large-scale construction site. Alexander Lukashenko also demands to bring local roads to an exemplary state in five years. Belarus is worth being called a road state: it is situated at the crossroads of the main transportation routs and connects states of Western Europe and East, as well as Black Sea regions and Baltic Sea states. Two trans-European transport corridors cross Belarus.
Alexander Golovnev, chief of the Main Automobile Road Department of the Ministry of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Belarus:
There is an international flatness index that estimates the road condition in a whole according to flatness of covering. The flatness index of more than 4 proves poor road condition. About 20% of our roads are in such a state.
The construction of the highway M6 Minsk – Grodno was finished in the 1970s and there was no reconstruction since that. 15,000 cars use it every day and their amount increases by 4% annually. Repairing was necessary. Today it’s a large construction site.
An old overpass will be replaced by a new one which is wider and longer. The will be a bridge over the river Baranowka. The left side of the M6 will be repaired by September 2017 and the work will be immediately continued on the right side. The highway between Minsk and Grodno will get the first category and speed limit of 120 km/h by 2018.
Two graders work at this section of the M6. There’s no need in joysticks, manual work is replaced by computers. It means that human factor is excluded.
300 km to the north is another great building site. A ring road will be built around Vitebsk. North-Western Bypass is the place where construction works just have only begun. The most difficult part of it is a bridge over the Dvina. The repairing will be finished in autumn 2017.
Nikolai Shved, chief of technical supervision department of the Republican Unitary Enterprise Vitebskavtonadzor:
Completion of works will allow relieving Vitebsk of transit transport.
The future highway will be a toll road in individual areas.
Besides, the isolated drainage system won’t let storm runoffs get in the Western Dvina. Today state developers offer import-substituting bitumen-emulsion technologies. They will allow decreasing costs by a quarter and increasing the term of service to eight years.
Alexander Lukashenko, President of the Republic of Belarus:
The local road network must be brought to an exemplary state in 3-4 years. We must finish road repairing by the end of these five years.