The recently appointed head of Ukravtodor, Alexander Kurbakov, spoke about the first successes in 45 days in his new position, and also summed up the work of the department in 2019. He wrote about this on his Facebook page.
Attracting additional financing to the road industry
Every year, tens of billions of hryvnias are allocated on Ukrainian roads – an expensive pleasure for our budget. But even these expenses are only a small part of the funds needed to restore our paths. Therefore, attracting additional money, searching for new financial sources is one of our priorities.
Collaboration with MFIs
So, this year, Prime Minister of Ukraine Alexey Goncharuk signed an agreement with the EBRD and the European Investment Bank to receive 900 million euros to restore our roads. This money will be used for specific projects – repair of the Kiev-Odessa highway and construction of the northern Lvov bypass. International tenders will be held as early as 2020.
An additional 20 billion UAH for repairs and construction
Another major initiative of the year for us was the idea of attracting additional funds from foreign markets. Having provided some changes in the legislation, we will be able to get an additional 20 billion UAH for the repair and construction of roads of national importance – that is, to increase funding by almost half.
The solution was developed in collaboration with the government and the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine. Now we are waiting for the adoption of our bills by the parliament.
Work in the regulatory field – preparing the ground for important changes
Laying the foundations for fundamental changes in the road industry – stimulating competition, reducing the cost of work, simplifying tender requirements – is one of our key priorities. Without transformations in the regulatory field, it will be difficult to build a dynamic and attractive industry for business.
Therefore, according to the results of this year, we managed to do several important things:
Road construction cost reduction
The government approved the possibility of using production waste in road construction – slags will be used for the construction of embankments and will replace crushed stone (where this will be justified). The use of slag will help to slightly reduce the cost of road construction.
Implement Medium-Term Planning
On December 3, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky signed an important law for the road industry, which makes it possible to introduce medium-term planning for the construction, repair and maintenance of public roads.
Medium-term planning will make the industry more predictable, which means it will be more attractive to both existing players and new companies. More participants in the market – more competition – higher quality services.
Less bureaucracy – cheaper construction
The Verkhovna Rada Economic Policy Committee supported and recommended the adoption of draft law No. 2234 as a basis and as a whole, the main purpose of which is to reduce the cost of roadwork by eliminating a number of bureaucratic issues.
Reducing bureaucracy will affect the cost and timing of work, open the way to the industry for new players and technologies. Roads will be cheaper and build faster.
Professional and motivated staff is one of the success factors of any organization. Therefore, updating the leadership of the Highway Services in the regions is a priority.
So, for the period November-December, 14 regions of Ukraine received new heads of the Services. We closely monitor the work of the newly appointed leaders and expect them to start as quickly as possible in solving the key problems of trusted regions.
Road and road control
This year we managed to lay the foundations for several important areas that will help to build better and keep already built:
Dimensional and weight control – the procedure for auto-fixing on the roads of Ukraine is approved
Weighting on the move
Recently, we presented the first results of WiM systems, which are located at the entrance to Kiev. And the results are unpleasantly striking – in half the cases, overload was more than 150%.
Data collected, mechanisms for fixing violators worked out. Soon we will begin the active implementation of weighing systems in motion to protect our roads from destructive overload.
Quality of roads will be checked by international experts
Starting from 2020, we will attract international experts to monitor the quality of work on Ukrainian roads. All main facilities will be checked – from the project to the commissioning.
Construction and development
During these 1.5 months, we began the construction of several facilities that made it possible to start work on the long-awaited bridge in Zaporozhye.
Bypass road for Rivne
The construction of the first stage of the Northern Bypass of Rivne has begun. The new highway will provide transit transport from the M-06 Kiev – Rivne section in the direction of the N-22 highway to the Rivne detour, as well as from N. 25 highway in the direction of the N-22 highway.
The bridge in Zaporozhye
In late November, a tender was announced for the construction of a scandalous unfinished national scale – the Zaporozhye bridge.
The construction of the highway through the Dnieper River will begin in 2020. We plan to complete the first phase of the facility in 2 years. This includes the construction of 21 artificial structures, among which are two bridges across the Dnieper with exits to the coastal highway and Soborny Avenue.
Some modern technology
Of all our other initiatives, there was a place for several small but effective solutions in the field of technology:
GPS trackers for cleaning equipment
To date, more than 1000 pieces of equipment in all regions of Ukraine are equipped with GPS beacons. The ability to monitor harvesting machines in real time will help optimize and improve the work of contractors who are responsible for road maintenance in winter.
Wells can be reported to Waze
Now Ukravtodor can report about pits and other troubles on the road through the popular Waze mobile application. Such an information channel will help to receive real-time data for road services (especially important during bad weather) and identify the most problematic areas.