President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky inspected the M-18 Kharkiv-Simferopol-Alushta-Yalta highway, noting that about 500 km of roads would be built in Ukraine until the end of the year.
“The most important thing is that people drive along a normal road. In total, 500 km of roads of national importance will have been built from late 2019 and by the end of 2020. Zaporizhzhia shows some of the best results in Ukraine,” Zelensky said during a working trip to Zaporizhzhia region.
The first facility inspected by the President was the M-18 Kharkiv-Simferopol-Alushta-Yalta highway, an international motor road of national importance. This road has a great impact on the development of production and agriculture of Zaporizhzhia region, ensures transit traffic for trucks and vehicles from the neighboring regions and goes through Zaporizhzhia city, Vasylivka town, Melitopol town that do not have bypass roads.
This year, as part of the Great Construction project, major overhaul and running medium repairs are being carried out on the M-18 highway, with a total of 122.9 km being repaired.
According to Oleksandr Kubrakov, Head of Ukraine’s State Agency of Automobile Roads (Ukravtodor), the workers have already repaired Zaporizhzhia – Mariupol and Vasylivka – Berdiansk roads and embarked on the repair of Zaporizhzhia – Melitopol road.
“It is a large transport hub,” Kubrakov said.
All works are financed from the state budget. The total cost of the work is over UAH 3.3 billion. About UAH 960,000 have been allocated so far. (Ukrinform/Business World Magazine)