Repaired bridge to improve logistics in Luhansk Oblast

Aug 16, 2017

Photo credit: © Vitaliy Shevelev

16 August 2017, Severodonetsk – A motor road overpass, repaired by the UN Development Programme in Ukraine (UNDP) with financial support from the government of Japan, is an important transport and logistical artery connecting the three largest cities in the government-controlled part of Luhansk Oblast, in particular towns of Severodonetsk, Lysychansk, and Rubizhne.

The 111-meter-long overpass was originally built in 1975 and due to the long-term service, the movement of heavy duty military equipment and shelling in 2014, it was severely damaged. Its asphalt-concrete  surface was destroyed, its reinforced-concrete railings and load-bearing structures were damaged, and reinforced-concrete structures became cracked. As a result, the traffic on the overpass was limited for safety reasons.

The overpass is located in Severodonetsk at an important road junction on a section of the R-66 highway that stretches across most of Luhansk Oblast, connecting its northwest and southeast areas. 

“Over 80% of the road surface in Luhansk Oblast was destroyed due to the military actions. We allocated UAH 265 million of regional funds for the construction of roads and bridges in 2016-2017. But this amount is not sufficient. I express my gratitude to our international partners for helping to rehabilitate the road surface and transport infrastructure in Luhansk Oblast,” - said Yuriy Harbuz, Head of Luhansk Regional State Administration, Head of the Regional Military-Civilian administration.

In March 2017, the UNDP, with financial support from the government of Japan, started renovation works

In addition to road and pavement repairs, the overpass got water-proofed, and a modern autonomous lighting system fed by solar and wind power was installed. Thanks to the renovation  its transport capacity will reach 8,000 vehicles per day. The construction work budget amounted to USD 300 000.

“Supporting IDPs and socio-economic recovery of the regions affected by the conflict in eastern Ukraine are among the top priorities for the UN in Ukraine. The restored bridge will help to revive local economy, speed up recovery, restore livelihoods, create new jobs and re-build trust among communities. This became possible thanks to cooperation and strong leadership of local government and local communities in Luhansk Oblast”, Neal Walker, UNDP Resident Representative in Ukraine, said during the opening ceremony of the reconstructed viaduct.

Background:

The UNDP Recovery and Peacebuilding Programme, with support from the government of Japan, has reconstructed 29 socio-economic infrastructure facilities in Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts since 2015: bridges, pump stations, health care facilities, rehabilitation centers, schools, etc. Another 13 infrastructure facilities are under reconstruction.

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Yevgeniy Zelenko, UNDP Ukraine Media Officer | +38 044 254 0035 | yevgeniy.zelenko@undp.org

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