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Work in progress to get Minsk-Grodno motorway reconstructed before 2nd European Games

Society 29.03.2018 | 19:01
Vladimir Kravtsov. An archive photo
Vladimir Kravtsov. An archive photo

SHCHUCHIN, 29 March (BelTA) – The M6 Minsk-Grodno motorway should be in an ideal condition before the 2nd European Games begin in Minsk in 2019, BelTA learned from Grodno Oblast Governor Vladimir Kravtsov on 29 March.

Active construction work on the M6 Minsk-Grodno motorway continues. The road will have four lanes along its entirety. New interchanges, bridges, and overpasses will be built. Instructions have been issued to finish the main work and open to traffic the reconstructed section from Shchuchin to the Minsk Oblast border by the end of 2018. The motorway should be in a mint condition before the 2nd European Games begin in Minsk in summer 2019. A large number of participants and fans will travel via Grodno Oblast, noted Vladimir Kravtsov. He stressed that attention will also be given to old parts of the road. In particular, fences against wild animals will be erected in some sections.

Other international and national motorways will not be left unattended. In particular, the construction of an overpass over railway lines continues in Skidel. The construction of a ring road around the town of Mir is under consideration. Engineering survey work is in progress on the M7 Minsk-Vilnius motorway.

Over Br50 million will be allocated for the repair and maintenance of municipal roads in Grodno Oblast in 2018. Over Br21 million will be collected thanks to the so-called road tax. Over 55km of municipal roads will be overhauled and routine repairs will be done on nearly 200km of municipal roads.

Foreign funds will also be used for road construction purposes. In particular, thanks to a transboundary project about €4 million will be channeled into road reconstruction in Grodno District, in particular, the road from Grodno to Sopotskin and the Augustow Canal and four sections of the roads near the canal.

The construction of new roads in Grodno proper will continue. Three important thoroughfares — Lebedeva Avenue, Indurskoye Road, and Gaspadarchaya Street — were opened in 2017. This year's important tasks include the reconstruction of part of Yanka Kupala Avenue near an emerging shopping and entertainment center. Work is also in progress to raise funds to build a new road from the city's Vishnevets District to the M6 motorway. A bridge over the Neman River will be built as part of the project. The project requires over $35 million.

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