Wednesday, December 13, 2017

As many as 50,000 vehicles to be rerouted from Yekaterinburg to prepare for World Cup 2018

According to Gennady Marenkov, the regional minister for Transport and Road Management in Russia, more than 50,000 vehicles will be rerouted from Yekaterinburg to prepare the road network for the 2018 World Cup.

Marenkov said that the region will invest at least $33 million in the reconstruction and repair of Yekaterinburg's road network. The transportation system of Russia is expected to be ready for the World Cup before the end of 2016, Itar-Tass reports.

"We plan to finish construction of a bypass road within several next years, thus we shall reroute from Yekaterinburg more than 50,000 vehicles - this work requires 16.8 billion rubles," Marenkov said, according to Itar-Tass. "We have started to design a high-speed railroad between Yekaterinburg and Moscow. The road network of the regional center will require investments of at least one billion rubles a year."

Sergei Kozyrev, the general director of the Transport Department of the Olympic Games, said that looping transportation infrastructure will be necessary in 10 Russian cities.

"This work will be divided into three stages," Kozyrev said, according to Itar-Tass. "At the first phase we shall design a concept. This work will be completed by June of 2012. At the second stage, which will last till the end of 2013, we will develop a transport master plan for the championship, the third phase will be an operational master plan for the championship. As part of transport planning is also necessary to make a special estimation of how many vehicles will be involved in transportation of guests and participants of the championship."