President Vladimir Putin has inaugurated the high-speed highway connecting St. Petersburg and Moscow. The ceremony was attended by St. Petersburg Governor Alexander Beglov and Leningrad Oblast Governor Alexander Drozdenko.
Before the ceremony, the President spoke to the builders. He thanked them noting that the new road will improve the transport connectedness of the region. ‘There was nothing of the kind in the history of road construction in Russia. Now, we have it’, Vladimir Putin said.
After the inauguration ceremony, Vladimir Putin took part in a meeting with the role of the new road in regional social and economic development on the agenda.
The M11 highway is the first road in the contemporary Russian history built from scratch. It links the Moscow Ring Road with the St. Petersburg Ring Road. The new highway runs parallel to the M10 Russia highway.
M11 will allow of driving from Moscow to St. Petersburg in 5.5 hours with a speed limit of 130 km per hour. The toll will make about 1,300-2,000 rubles ($20-30) on the average depending on the day of the week and on whether the car has a transponder.
The new highway will be called Neva after the largest river in St. Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast.
Photo: St. Petersburg TV channel