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22 Dec 2016

Belarus president wants plan to reconstruct secondary roads

DZERZHINSK DISTRICT, 22 December (BelTA) – It is necessary to put together a plan on reconstructing secondary roads in the country. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko gave the relevant instructions during the opening ceremony of the second Minsk ring road on 22 December, BelTA has learned.

The head of state noted that a lot of attention has been paid recently to primary motorways while secondary roads are falling into disrepair. “Focusing on the main arteries — it was unavoidable, indeed we had to restore them — we’ve overlooked secondary roads,” noted Alexander Lukashenko.

The head of state said that a government conference will be arranged in the next few months to discuss ways to repair the secondary roads. “Every agrotown — and there are about 2,000 of them — has to be connected to the district capital. The roads from the district capitals to the oblast capitals are more or less okay although some of them need repairs, too,” said the President.

Plans have been made to borrow money required to repair the secondary roads from a Belarusian bank. The loan will be repaid at the expense of the tax all the Belarusian motorists pay to be able to access public roads.

“Most likely we are not going to scatter the money across many districts. We will pick out roads that need to be repaired in every oblast. We should give the money to the oblast governors for the sake of repairing specific roads and make them accountable for spending it,” stressed the head of state. “No decision has been made yet. We are going to look into various options. But we will make the decision soon.”

Alexander Lukashenko was informed about the fulfillment of his instructions concerning the construction of the second Minsk ring road and about prospects of developing Belarus’ transport infrastructure as well as the reconstruction of the road between Ostroshitsky Gorodok and the Mound of Glory (P80).

International experts believe that Belarusian construction companies and contractors can provide quality services at a reasonable price, this is why they may take part in tenders for the construction services, which are financed by the World Bank, in any part of the world. Now experience and skills of Belarusian specialists are in demand in Kazakhstan, Russia, and Ukraine.

The President was also informed about the locations of investment sites and motorway service outlets along the second Minsk ring road. The head of state drew attention to the development and beautification of adjoining territories. In his words, the future structures should live up to the status of motorways of international importance. “They are the face of our country, the showcase of Belarus,” stressed Alexander Lukashenko.

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