MINSK, 30 June (BelTA) – The Transport and Communications Ministry is working on a government program on the development of automobile roads in 2021-2025, BelTA learned from Aleksandr Golovnev, Head of the Central Office for Automobile Roads of the Belarusian Transport and Communications Ministry, at a press conference on 30 June.
According to the source, a government program on the development of automobile roads in the 2017-2020 period is in progress now. The ministry is working on a new program for the 2021-2025 period. The new document will have a chapter the old program does not have. It will cover traffic safety. "Watching the dynamics of traffic accidents, we've come to the conclusion that organizational measures have exhausted their usefulness. We have to improve the road infrastructure in order to further reduce the number of dead and injured people. It is a global tendency. There is even an ambitious program titled as Vision Zero, which aspires to reduce the number of traffic accident casualties to zero in 10-15 years. We are looking into this experience and will move into this direction," Aleksandr Golovnev said.
In his words, a session of the Road Traffic Safety Commission under the Council of Ministers took place the other day. Safety matters were discussed during the session. Participants of the session also decided in favor of preparing a program on installing guard rails. The Transport and Communications Ministry and the traffic police will work out the program within two to three weeks. At present about 700km of first-class Belarusian roads lack guard rails. "We cannot fix the problem in one go. It will be done step by step. We will achieve results over the course of several years," Aleksandr Golovnev explained.
The official also noted that the cost of the project is rather serious – about Br140 million is needed to install the guard rails.
The Road Traffic Safety Commission instructed the Transport and Communications Ministry, the Internal Affairs Ministry, and other agencies concerned to take specific measures to address a number of traffic safety concerns.