President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych met with Chairman of the State Road Service (Ukravtodor) Volodymyr Demishkan to talk about priorities and problems, particularly with finding additional funds for repairing old roads and constructing new ones, if it needs Government’s support in terms of improving current legislation, etc..

The President stressed that except main highways, local and rural roads need attention too, presidential press office reported.

The Ukravtodor Chairman said that the industry was brought to bankruptcy by the previous Government. "Now, with the help of court decision, we canceled the restructuring and, given the difficult economic condition of the road sector, have begun to take steps to improve the situation," he said.

Today, Volodymyr Demishkan said, the priority is to ensure effective and “continuous” work of the industry and bring all 170 thousand kilometers of roads in Ukraine to a normal state. But special attention, according to him, is dedicated to organizing transit traffic, as Ukraine is proven to have outstanding transit potential. "We are working on it, and already have the program of works for 2010," he said, adding that the program often "corresponds" with the preparation of Ukraine for hosting Euro 2012 finals.

"Already in 2010 we plan to put 720 km of roads into operation. Many of them are the main directions of our transit routes," said Volodymyr Demishkan. According to him, this applies to Kyiv - Lviv highway (60 of its 240 km part will be put into operation by the Independence Day), ring road around Luhansk scheduled to be completed in October, 100 km of Kharkiv bypass road, Zhulyany airport approach road to be put into operation in three months, etc.


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