NEWS AND EVENTS
March 31, 2016
UZBEKISTAN: FOCUS ON SAFETY AND COMFORT
Today, domestic roads are regarded as the main arteries of the national economy. They ensure the bulk of the freight and passenger traffic, connecting industrial facilities with suppliers of raw materials and customers. In 2016, it is planned to build and reconstruct 176.3 kilometers of roads, six overpasses and ten new bridges on the Uzbek national highway and on road public roads. O’zavtoyo’l Deputy Chairman Shukhrat Nazarov detailed about the plans of the road sector of Uzbekistan:
“Roads are an essential component of socio-economic development in our country. The construction of a reliable and convenient transport infrastructure has ranked among the priority directions of the national policy from the first years of independence.
The road length in Uzbekistan exceeds 184,000 km. They are modern international highways that meet global standards, state, local roads, utility highways, and others. More than 42,000 km of public roads are served by our company. 13 territorial road maintenance organizations and seven regional maintenance companies under the O’zavtoyo’l, which are engaged in maintenance of roads of international and national importance, have been making an important contribution in ensuring smooth and safe traffic and preservation of technical serviceability of the roads.
Last year, O’zavtoyo’l enterprises and organizations reconstructed 382.4 km of public roads, built and reconstructed more than 1,000 meters of viaducts and bridges as part of the Uzbek national highway. In 2015, all sorts of works cost 1.4 trillion soums (currency rates of CB RU from 31.03.2016, 1$= 2876.72 soums), which is 36% more than the previous year. The introduction of new technology of construction of roads with M-200-branded concrete under pressure is a recent innovation. It has saved 288.6 tons of road bitumen materials.
Developed by the Research Institute of Roads, a reactive chemical instead of a traditional mixture of sand and salt, which is applied in winter, is another innovation to come into force this year. Last year, it was successfully tested at the Kamchik pass. According to researchers, it is not just environmentally friendly, but also the most effective substance. It is unique for the capability of generating heat, while salt evolves cold when ice is melting. This year, the domestic enterprises will start the experimental production of the chemical.
The construction of overpasses and bridges in line with the global requirements has been underway in the country. Streets are expanding and turning into multilane highways, like the new 5.1 km metropolitan Nurafshon Street, for example. The transition of roads from the lower technical grade to the high through their reconstruction and construction of new overpasses improves the traffic service.
This year, it is planned to build a new transport interchange instead of the Rohat circle on the highway linking the capital with Akhangaran highway to unload the density of automobile stream on this section. The construction of a new ring road in the Karshi city, a section of the A-380 road, and the overpass at the intersection of the Karshi-Tashguzar-Kumkurgan railroad is currently underway.
(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)