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iRAP announced as road safety approach for Russia

19 October 2021

Russian Federal Road Agency announced the commencing implementation of The iRAP as the road safety approach for the country.

Some of the infrastructure elements of the discussed national plans included:

  • This year, within the framework of the federal project “Development of the federal backbone network” of the national project “Safe high-quality roads”, it is planned to put into operation 146.4 km of roads. In the course of the implementation of the departmental target programme “Overhaul, repair and maintenance of public highways of federal significance” in 2021, it is planned to commission about 6.1 thousand km of highways, including almost 1.5 thousand km – after repair.
  • As part of the implementation of the Safe High-Quality Roads national project, in 2021, more than 16 thousand km of regional highways will be brought into the normative state.
  • One of the most effective measures to reduce accidents and the severity of consequences on highways associated with the departure of vehicles into the opposite lane is the separation of traffic flows. Further to work carried out by Rosavtodor in 2020-2021, it is planned in 2022 to implement systems for separating opposite directions of traffic on 565 km of roads. In addition, in the course of the overhaul work already implemented and planned for the period 2019-2024, 1,472 km of routes will be equipped with separation systems.
  • Considerable attention is paid to bringing highways to four lanes as part of the overhaul. This year, such works will be carried out on 256 km of roads. For the period 2022-2024, a more ambitious programme of converting highways into four-lane roads is envisaged: it is planned to expand 1,700 km of highways – by 680 km above the plan.
  • The construction of pedestrian crossings at different levels, the installation of stationary electric lighting and other measures contribute to an increase in road safety.

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