The highway begins with a recently reconstructed interchange at the intersection of the Moscow Ring Road and Marshal Zhukov Avenue as an eight-lane. After a few kilometers, it narrows to six, and then to four lanes. But bypasses settlements; there is no intersection with other roads on it within the Moscow region. An important detail: in recent years, the surroundings of New Riga have been built up with cottage villages and country cooperatives. That is why in the mornings and evenings the once deserted highway moves with difficulty, in the summer season even the widest section of the highway at the entrance to the capital does not cope with the pressure of cars - traffic jams regularly occur. According to the head of Rosavtodor Anatoly Chabunin, if you do not take up the expansion and reconstruction of the highway today, tomorrow it can finally stand up.
Therefore, since March of this year, a major reconstruction has begun on the M9 Baltiya highway. It is designed for three years - until the beginning of 2015. During this time, the road workers have to expand the route to ten lanes on the section from the Moscow Ring Road to the intersection with the Ilyinsky Highway; further, to A107, the highway will become an eight-lane (now a 16-km section is six-lane, another 14 km - four lanes). The existing canvas will be thoroughly repaired, interchanges, bridges, overpasses and other structures will be reconstructed. Throughout the segment to A107 lighting will appear. Overhaul the section from the Small Ring to the Big (between the 50th and 83rd km).
While reconstruction is in progress, drivers are forced to put up with inconvenience. During the repair, the movement for heavy vehicles on the highway will be closed from 5 to 11 am. Truck drivers will have to turn off onto Leningradskoye, Volokolamskoye or Pyatnitskoye shosse (which, it’s no secret, are also overloaded for a long time.)
At first, in New Riga they were going to gradually close several lanes, narrowing the carriageway from six lanes to four, and from four to three or two. But the Ministry of Transport and Rosavtodor refused this idea. At the same time, in order to avoid traffic jams in the area of reconstructed bridges, they decided to build lightweight bridge structures for their detour. This, of course, will lead to a rise in the cost of the project, but no other way has yet been found.
The completely renewed head section of the Baltiya highway will be commissioned in March 2015. And then we'll fly … Probably.