UAH 2bn for repair of Kyiv-Odesa road, UAH 500bn needed to renovate whole network in Ukraine

The Ukrainian Cabinet has approved a plan to renovate the M-05 highway which runs from Kyiv to Odesa. The announcement of the plan follows the Ukrainian highways agency, Ukravtodor, which estimate that a total of UAH 500bn (€45.94bn) will be required to renovate the Ukrainian road network The renovation of the M-05 will cover between 17th to 87th km in the Kyiv Province at a total estimated cost of UAH1.93bn (€177m). The plan was formulated by Ukravtodor and recommended for approval by the Ukrainian state enterprise which evaluates construction projects for the government, Ukrderzhbudekspertiza.

The renovation, according to the cabinet order, will cover 59.8 km of road. The plan foresees the refurbishment of three 2-level interchanges, seven underpasses, 14 pedestrian bridges, four underground pedestrian passages and two bridges. The project will be carried out in three stages spread over a 68-month period.

The plan was adopted in the same week that Ukravtodor chief Yevhen Prusenko estimated that 90% of Ukrainian roads needed renovating. He gave a figure of UAH 500bn for the total cost of overhauling the network. This was based on estimated average costs for repair of UAH 3.5-4m (€320,000-370,000) per km of road. He noted that construction and capital renovation of 1 km of first category road cost UAH 45m (€4.1m) and UAH 20m (€1.84m) respectively.

Mr Prusenko emphasised that Ukrainian companies only had capacity to undertake UAH 40-50bn (€3.67-4.59bn) of work on the network in a year so the renovation would take years to complete.

In addition, he noted that a pilot project covering the Kyiv-Chop road was commencing this year. The project, financed by European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) involved changing the structure of how Ukravtodor paid for road management. Under the auspices of the pilot they would pay for the condition of the road rather than the repairs undertaken.