Minsk has a population of more than two million, in a country of 9.5 million people. Road and traffic connections are centred around the capital, and in total, the road network of Belarus exceeds 86,000 km. About 16,000 km of the country’s major highways carry the bulk of freight and passenger traffic.
The EBRD is providing a long-term 42.5 million EUR loan for the completion of the outer (second) ring road in Minsk, which will enable better interconnections around the Belarusian capital and improved links between the country’s major highways.
The project will address a number of major challenges in the current network: it will help to complete a remaining 15 km section of the 160 km Minsk outer (second) ring road. The section of the P80 road from Sloboda to Papernya will be increased from two lanes to four. Once completed, the Minsk ring road will provide better links between the two major motorways, the M2 and M3. It will ensure effective interconnections around the capital by facilitating the flow of goods and diverting transit traffic away from the city.
The project will be led by the Ministry of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Belarus and has been supported by a 100,000 EUR grant from the CEI Fund at the EBRD contributed by Italy.
The CEI-funded technical assistance analysed and identified key shortcomings in the current management of the transport sector in Belarus, including funding and financing schemes. It also provided policy advice on improving the road sector regulatory framework in line with international best practice.
MKAD2, an outer ring of the Minsk ring road