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30 January 2020, 18:53

Reconstruction of M7 Minsk-Vilnius motorway to begin this summer

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MINSK, 30 January (BelTA) – The reconstruction of the M7 Minsk-Vilnius motorway is supposed to begin this summer, BelTA learned from an interview of Belarusian Transport and Communications Minister Aleksei Avramenko with the Respublika newspaper.

The transport and communications minister noted that the reconstruction of the M7 Minsk-Vilnius motorway and the Kamenny Log border checkpoint is the most important project of the year. The European Investment Bank has allocated funding for implementing the project. Work is supposed to begin in summer and is expected to end by 1 May 2021.

According to Aleksei Avramenko, the motorway will be thoroughly modernized, this is why there will be certain inconveniences for drivers. “We intend to reroute transit trucks to bypass roads and will offer several routes. Cars will also be offered bypass roads but they will be able to travel along M7. Parts of the road will be closed to traffic,” the official noted.

Most of the work is supposed to be done this year. The final touches will be applied in April-May 2021.

The transport and communications minister also mentioned other plans concerning the road network. In particular, the reconstruction of the P53 road from the Mound of Glory to the town of Smolevichi will be finished this year. Plans are in place to begin reconstructing the P23 road from Slutsk to Soligorsk. A section of the M3 motorway from the town of Pleshchenitsy in the direction of Minsk will be finished by the end of the year. The implementation of a major project to reconstruct 12 bridges with the EBRD's assistance will begin. The work will be done stage by stage. Work on the first four bridges will begin this year.

The feasibility study for modernizing one of the country's key motorways – M1/E30 – will be worked out this year. Work with the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank will continue. “They've expressed interest in taking part in the project. The concept is being developed now,” the transport and communications minister noted. “Ideally we would like to remove all restrictions and limitations such as same-level junctions and pedestrian crossings. The road surface will be fixed stage by stage. It is important to pick out the top-priority parts now. On the whole, this year we should come up with the feasibility study and come to terms with the bank. The work will begin in 2021 at the earliest,” he noted.

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