The need to create an alternative to the Moscow Ring Road to redistribute traffic flows and get rid of transit was discussed at the federal level back in 2003. Then the word "Central Ring Road" was first pronounced. However, the construction schedule was repeatedly postponed.
In recent years, in the territories where the Central Ring Road will take place in the future, preparatory work is underway. Land purchase took a lot of time. It continues to this day, as many residents who do not want to sell their plots resolve this issue in court. Despite this, the state-owned Avtodor company, which is constructing, assures that an active phase of work will start from the beginning of 2014. The construction will be completed in the fall of 2018 - two years earlier than planned. Moreover, the first section - from the Minsk highway to Kashirsky - is expected to be launched in three years.
According to the head of the Ministry of Transport, of the 300 billion allocated for construction, the National Welfare Fund will allocate half, the remaining funds are approximately equal to the federal budget and private investments. Investors' investments will pay off due to tolls on the highway. Its price is still unknown, but it will be comparable to the cost of travel on other toll roads. Currently, there are only two of them in Russia, and on average they cost about one ruble per kilometer.
Most of the route will be built from scratch - only one of the sections (in the west) will pass along the current “concrete road”. Travel on it will be paid only for trucks with a carrying capacity of more than 12 tons.
During the construction, they intend to use new technologies of domestic development - primarily composite materials that repel moisture, which will significantly increase the service life of the road surface.
After 2018, work on the highway will not stop - then it is planned to gradually expand it from six to eight lanes. Already at the design stage, the land allotment strip will be designed for subsequent expansion. In the future, the Central Ring Road should become one of the constituents of the continent’s largest highway connecting Europe and Asia.
Sergey Nastin, editor: