Maxim Sokolov, the Russian Transport Minister, and Artur Parfenchikov, the
Acting Head of Karelia, opened the renovated 9-kilometer section of the
Kola highway that leads to Petrozavodsk today. The new road is modern,
high-quality and safe.
The access route to Petrozavodsk together with the road to the airport
Petrozavodsk was transferred to federal ownership in December 2015. The
roads became part of the federal R-21 Kola highway. Last year Federal Road
Agency allocated funds from the federal budget for the design of heavy
resurfacing, and in October construction and installation works began at
the site. Its value was more than 1 billion rubles.
As a result of the heavy resurfacing, the technical characteristics of the
route have improved significantly. There are four lanes instead of two: two
in both directions. The route has 17.4 km of electric lighting lines, 549
illumination poles, a new system for draining water from the roadway and 94
new local sewage facilities. In addition, 233 road signs and 8 traffic
lights have been installed on the route. Road builders of the VAD company,
who carried out the construction, put a facility into service three months
ahead of schedule.
“Today a very important facility is being opened, and not only residents of
the Republic and Petrozavodsk, but also many of those who come here as
tourists or on business have been anticipating it. The nine-kilometer
section of the road - the access route to the city - has turned into a
modern route with LED lighting. All safety aspects have been fully
maintained on this route, and it has become a category 2 road,” said Maxim
Sokolov, the Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation, at the
He also noted that this is not the only federal highway in the Republic
that is in excellent condition.
“Today it is simply pleasant to drive by car along the territory of Karelia
on federal routes. I can confidently say that the roads here are one of the
best in the country. 90 percent of them are within specifications. The
funding allocation that goes to the federal roads of Karelia is
unprecedented in its size and totals almost 6 billion rubles,” the Minister
This year, these resources have been assigned by the federal road builders
for bringing into the normative state the roads Kola, Sortavala,
Medvezhyegorsk-Vologda and the access route to the border point of
Vyartsilya which has also recently been transferred to federal ownership.
“The new ultramodern highway is now a landmark of Petrozavodsk,” said Artur
Parfenchikov, the Acting Head of Karelia. “Road construction is part of the
tasks for economic development of Karelia. In the coming years, with your
help included, we will bend every effort to ensure that the regional road
network keeps up with the excellent quality of federal roads.
The Head of the Republic thanked the Head of the Ministry of Transport of
Russia for the support and attention that are provided to Karelia for the
development of the road network.
At the opening ceremony of the road section, road builders who
distinguished themselves at the construction of the facility received
Certificates of Acknowledgement of the Minister of Transport of the Russian
Federation, the Head of the Republic of Karelia and the Federal Road