Russia to Start Building Moscow-Kazan Highway Next Year


A long-planned construction of a new toll highway between Moscow and Kazan will start in 2020, Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Maksim Akimov said on Friday, according to TASS.

“Works will start at the beginning of 2020, meaning the construction of new sections from Moscow to Vladimir, which is 145 kilometers, including bypasses of Balashikha and Noginsk. “The new highway will be fully ready by 2027,” the deputy PM said, adding that the government plans to fully complete the highway by 2027.

The new project envisions the construction of the highway divided into stages and starting from two flagship sections – from Moscow to Vladimir bypassing Vladimir, the construction of which is planned to be launched in 2020, as well as the southern bypass of Kazan. 

Works on the first section are planned to be completed by 2024. 

“The third stage will start in 2021 – the section from Vladimir to Arzamas, which will be completed by 2025. In 2022, we will start connecting those sections – from Arzamas to Kanash,” Akimov said.

“Pre-project development is underway for extension of the highway from Kazan to Yekaterinburg. That goes far beyond 2024, beyond the current political cycle, nevertheless this work should be done,” he added.

The project on construction of the Moscow-Kazan highway is included in the comprehensive plan for upgrade and expansion of trunk infrastructure through 2024 and is part of the Europe-Western China corridor being constructed now.