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Ukravtodor promised to switch the road sector to European principles by 2023

The road sector of Ukraine will be completely switched to European standards and principles by 2023. This was stated by the head of the State Road Agency of Ukraine (Ukravtodor) Oleksandr Kubrakov during the presentation of the three-year plan for the agency transformation, Interfax-Ukraine reported.

Institutional reforms will begin with the State Road Research Institute that will be responsible for implementing reforms with the support of the EBRD and Ukravtodor.

"By making changes at the level of institutions, we ensure their irreversibility. Our key partner on this path is the EBRD, because within the loan agreement signed last year we are not only constructing roads, but also introducing four systemic reforms," Kubrakov said.

According to him, the set of activities to be implemented can be divided into several directions.

The first is the prevention of corruption risks at all levels. Digitalization of all tender documents. It is planned to create a procurement methodology for various types of work, the development of a register of asphalt concrete plants and a calculator for taking into account the contractor's experience continues. Recent projects are implemented with the support of the US government-funded project TAPAS.

The second is road quality management. Ukravtodor has already updated its approach to monitoring roads, and in 2021, the collection of instrumental data on their operational condition will continue. By 2022, it is planned to fully automate the process of prioritizing road works through the HDM-4 system that is used by 134 governments around the world.

It is planned to use internationally recognized contract forms on the largest road projects. This means that the pricing system, arbitration and other systemic things will be brought to EU standards.

Additionally. Ukravtodor and the company Avtomagistral-Pivden signed a Memorandum on the preparation of a proposal for a public-private partnership within the project for the construction and operation of an automobile road along the Krakovets—Brody—Rivne route (except for the section of the Northern Bypass of Lviv). The company will prepare the proposal at its own expense. In particular, we are talking about the development of a feasibility study for the project implementation.

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