Within the framework of continuation of the projects of a large-scale renovation of the road facilities of Ukraine, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine introduces the European system of management of the industry – with clearly outlined requirements for carrying out works, definition of responsibilities, formation of the road budget and a system of funds’ use control, informed Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman.
"We have laid the financial foundations for further development. This is, first of all, decentralisation opportunities, allowing to fill local budgets, and therefore finance local road projects. Besides, it is the Road Fund, which provides guaranteed, predictable fincancing,” said Volodymyr Groysman. “For the first time clear responsibility for roads’ maintenance and a 5-year plan for construction have been defined".
The Head of Government reminded that this year the distribution of responsibilities is as follows: 123 000 km of local roads – henceforth, the direct responsibility of oblast state administrations. Ukravtodor is in charge of 46 985 km of state-owned roads. And 250 000 km of roads in settlements belong to the scope of responsibility of the local authorities, primarily municipalities. Road safety programme is a separate item of financing – UAH 2.6 billion.
"Since the last year we have been implementing engineering solutions on, for example, slowing down the traffic at the entrances to settlements, in some areas new illuminated red and white pedestrian crossings have been arranged, pedestrian crossings with safety islands have been set up," said the Prime Minister. “All these requirements are foreseen in the "500-500-1000" programme, envisaging systematic construction of safe crossings, safety islands and junctions."
The Head of Government stressed that the volume of repairs over the past 4 years has significantly increased. If in 2014 only 120 km of roads were repaired, then in 2017 – already 2177 km. If earlier the repairs were unsystematic, now they are carried out mainly on the route principle, which gives an additional incentive for the economic development of entire regions of the country.
"With good management, the effect will be felt in a short period of time. And the complete restoration of the industry will take place in 5-10 years," added the Head of Government.
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