Today, the Ministry held a briefing regarding the current state of the country's roads, the results of the construction season of 2017, and the plans to introduce the tolling system, as well as the development of road services under the Nurly Zhol State Program.
In his speech, Deputy Chairman of the Committee for Roads of MIR RK Amangeldi Bekov focused on the implementation of the road projects of Nurly Zhol Program in details. As you know, the Program provides for a balanced development of the five main directions of construction within the next five years, such as Center-North, Center-East, Center-South, Center-West and Almaty-East.
Since the beginning of the Nurly Zhol State Program implementation in 2015-2016, construction and reconstruction have covered 2 thousand km of republican roads, where 1.3 thousand km have been commissioned with the parameters of I and II Categories.
The reconstruction of Astana-Temirtau, Almaty-Kapshagai, Kokshetau-Petropavlovsk sections of the Western Europe-Western China International Transit Corridor has been fully completed.
All projects involved about 75 thousand people; the share of domestic materials has amounted to 93%.
The work performed under the Program resulted in that the share of roads in good and satisfactory condition has come to 85%, the length of roads of I and II Categories with axial load of 13 tons has come to 7.5 thousand km.
In this year, under the Program the construction works have been continued under Center-South, Center-East, Beineu-Aktau, Aktobe-Atyrau, Kapshagai-Taldykorgan, Astana - Petropavlovsk and Uralsk- Kamenka road projects with the total length of 1.2 thousand km.
In addition, new projects have been launched, such as Kandyagash-Makat, Zhetybai-Zhanaozen, Kurty-Burylbaital, Taldykorgan-Ust-Kamenogorsk, Merke-Burylbaital, Kalbatau-Maikapshagai, Usharal-Dostyk, Beineu-Akzhigit, Taskesken-Bakhty, Ossinovsky Pass, Shchuchinsk-Zerenda with the length of 2,5 thousand km.
Also by the end of the year, it is planned to sign the contracts and start preparatory works for the following projects: Aktobe-Kandyagash, Atyrau-Astrakhan, Uzynagash-Otar, Southwest Bypass of Astana, Kostanai-Denisovka with the total length of 0.7 thousand km. Due to these projects, about 9 thousand new jobs will be created.
The reconstruction of 600 km of roads of I and II Categories is planned to be completed by the end of 2017, including full completion of Beineu-Aktau and Almaty-Taldykorgan road sections.
According to Rustam Issayev, Managing Director for Business Development in NC KazAutoZhol JSC, currently the works are carried out to introduce the Tolling System and Intelligent Transportation System on Astana - Temirtau (132 km) and Almaty - Kapshagai (42 km) road sections with the total length of 174 km. The trial operation of the system is planned by the end of this year.
The designing of the Tolling System and Intelligent Transportation System for more than 5 thousand km republican roads has also started. These are sections of the Western Europe - Western China International Transit Corridor, such as Shchuchinsk-Petropavlovsk- border of Russia (to Kurgan), Astana-Kostanay - border of Russia (to Troitsk), Astana-Pavlodar, Pavlodar - border of Russia (to Omsk), Aktobe-Uralsk - border of Russia (to Samara), Uralsk - border of Russia (to Saratov), Aktau-Beineu, Atyrau-Dossor-Beineu-Bekzhigit- border of Uzbekistan, and Kapshagai-Taldykorgan.
Introduction of the tolling system is also planned on Almaty-Khorgos section of 304 km long.
Charges for travelling on a paid road section have amounted to 1 billion Tenge as of October 1, 2017, that is 4% higher than the same indicator in 2016.
It should be noted that the Ministry for Investment and Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan together with the World Bank have involved an International Consultant, an expert in the methodology of fare rates formation considering economic and social factors, vehicle emissions into the environment, etc. It is planned to conduct the public hearings on this issue by the end of this year.
The construction and modernization of 260 road service facilities are planned by 2020 on the republican and international roads those meeting the National Standard. By the end of 2017, 136 roadside service facilities will be brought into compliance with the National Standard.
Two road service pavilions will be additionally installed by the end of 2017, and ten more pavilions in 2018, designed in compliance with the up-to-date requirements. The pavilions will include food courts and well-equipped toilets, and for people with disabilities as well. These service facilities will be open 24 hours a day all year round.
Kazahavtodor LLP has started work on preparation of republican roads for the oncoming winter operation in advance. Road machinery and production facilities are completely prepared, roadsides have been cleaned, culverts closed, temporary road signs installed, coal and anti-ice materials (sand and screenings) have also been prepared.