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22 October 2020, 18:35

Belarus outlines transport sector development priorities for 2021-2025

MINSK, 22 October (BelTA) – Priorities of the state program on transport sector development for 2021-2025 were outlined by Sergei Leonchik, the head of the motorway development department of the main directorate for motorways at the Belarusian Transport and Communications Ministry, as he took part in a conference timed to Motorist's and Road Worker's Day on 22 October, BelTA has learned.

“The state program for 2021-2025 will focus on road safety. Building convenient and safe motorways is Belarus' main priority,” Sergei Leonchik noted.

The number of road traffic deaths is low in Belarus – 56 per one million people. “This is a very good indicator in comparison with the neighboring countries. However, we will not rest on our laurels and will try to achieve zero deaths on the roads and in the streets,” he stressed.

According to Sergei Leonchik, Belarus is implementing a road safety concept. “We have hired consultants who will help us draw up the road safety strategy. We will also set up independent institutions of road safety auditors. Plans are in place to assess all roads, starting from the main ones, in line with the International Road Assessment Program. We will determine which roads are the most reliable and which ones need to be upgraded,” he explained.

In the next five-year period, Belarus will continue renovating the motorways P53 Sloboda-Novosady, M3 Minsk-Vitebsk, and P23 Minsk-Mikashevichi. Moreover, Belarus will also pay attention to maintenance and renovation of bridges. Plans are also in place to build bypass roads around Vitebsk, Mogilev, and Polotsk.

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