Minister of Infrastructure Oleksandr Kubrakov in Dnipro. Press photo: Infrastructure Ministry

The Minister of Infrastructure, Oleksandr Kubrakov, said that the second part of the bypass of the city Dnipro will open by the end of this year.

The Ukrainian President’s ‘Big Construction’ program is moving forward with its aim of renovating and building more than 557 kilometers of roads in just two years. Ukraine has many terrible roads, which cost the country billions of dollars every year, according to an argument made in Foreign Policy back in 2016. 

Since the ‘Big Construction’ program started lack year, several roads have been built or upgraded around Ukraine, and Minister of Infrastructure Oleksandr Kubrakov recently revealed the next stages of the plans for the infrastructure on Facebook.

Among other things, Kubrakov promised that the second part of the bypass of the city Dnipro will be opened by the end of this year. 

“We resumed work here last year – the facility is 90 percent ready. The facility is important not only for the city and the region but also for the country, as it is an integral part of the Unity route – M-30 Stryi – Izvarino,” Kubrakov explained.

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Much more on the way

Kubrakov noted that the President’s ‘Big Construction’ program will finish many suspended projects, such as the highway bypassing the city Dnipro, which was started back in 2012. Kubrakov also promised that the road N-23 Kropyvnytsky-Kryvyi Rih- Zaporozhye will be completed next year. 

The program also sets out to renovate several airports. Kubrakov revealed that the work on renovating Dnipro International Airport has started but will take three years to finish all of the upgrades. Kryvyi Rig International Airport is also getting an overhaul, and that work will be completed already next year, according to Kubrakov.

“By 2024, we plan to ensure a high-speed rail connection between all Ukrainian regions. Dnipropetrovsk region is no exception here,” he wrote about the ambitions to give the railroads an overhaul, “Already next year we will start electrification of the area Dolinska – Mykolaiv – Kolosivka, which will allow to unite key cities of the Center and Southern Ukraine: Dnipro, Kryvyi Rih, Zaporizhzhia, Mykolaiv, and Kherson.”

Kubrakov added that the construction program also aims to build a new sorting center for the state-owned postal company Ukrposhta in Dnipro. 

“I would like to remind you that just this week, the Parliament ratified a guarantee agreement between Ukraine and the European Investment Bank, which is an important part of the implementation of this project,” the minister wrote. 

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Also, focus on main transport hubs

At a recent meeting, Kubrakov also talked about the plans to make the main transport centers in Ukraine accessible for all. According to Ukrinform, he said that the ministry is developing pilot projects in Boryspil International Airport, Kyiv Railway Station, Kyiv Central Bus Station, Kharkiv Railway Station, and Lviv International Airport.

“In July this year, our team chose the path of launching pilot projects in Ukraine to create a barrier-free environment at key infrastructure facilities. The idea is that these projects should become a benchmark for each industry. And then we will apply this experience to other similar facilities,” the minister said.

More concrete, the ministry wants to make sure that all major transport centers in Ukraine are accessible for citizens with temporary or permanently limited mobility or disabilities. The hubs mentioned above will be the first of many transport hubs to make adjustments to accommodate citizens with disabilities.