A new, next to last M-11 Highway section has been put into operation.
A new, next to last section of the high-speed highway between Moscow and St. Petersburg has been put into operation. By the end of the year the construction is to be completed making the trip from St. Petersburg to the capital much shorter.
A correspondent of Channel Saint-Petersburg has had an opportunity to assess the quality of the road and found it excellent. The new highways crosses 12 rivers and 10 brooks. It was built in accordance with the best practices and complies with the most stringent environmental requirements and safety and comfort standards. This is the first IA category highway in Russia.
The overall length of the highway will make 669 kilometres, the speed limit will be 150 kilometres an hour. The new highway will not just improve the connection between the two Russian capitals, but in combination with the Central Ring Road around Moscow and the Moscow – Nizhny Novgorod – Kazan highway it will make part of the North Europe – Western China transport corridor.
According to Innokentiy Alafinov, First Deputy Transport Minister of Russia, paid roads in Russia are some of the cheapest in Europe.
As reported earlier by the media, after the road is completed, the trip from Moscow to St. Petersburg by the new highway will cost some 3 thousand rubles ($45), petrol included, and will take about 5.5 hours.
The new section of the paid Moscow – St. Petersburg Highway runs between Tosno and Myasnoy Bor in Leningrad Region and connects the Moscow Ring Road and the St. Petersburg Ring Road. It is over 103 kilometres long and crosses Moscow, Tver, Novgorod and Leningrad regions.
The construction of the highway that will become a paid alternative to the existing M-10 Rossiya Highway built in the Soviet era started on September 1, 2011 in Moscow. The M-10 Highway will remain free for motorists after M-11 is fully operational. In future, M-11 will become part of a new road from the western border of Russia to the Black Sea coast.
Initially, the idea was to inaugurate the M-11 highway before Euro 2018 Championship, but the economic downturn of 2014-2015 interfered with these plans. Now the only remaining section to be built is the northern bypass of Tver.