Traffic opens on the initial section of the M11 Moscow-St Petersburg motorway


Moscow City Government, December 23, 2014
Sergey Sobyanin took part in the opening of traffic on the initial section of the new federal motorway M11 Moscow-St Petersburg from the Moscow Ring Road (MKAD) to the juncture on the 58th kilometre with the operating M10 Rossiya motorway.

At the same time, traffic was launched on the Businovskaya Interchange on MKAD and on the road from the motorway to an interchange in Festivalnaya Street.

The simultaneous opening of the initial section of the Moscow-St Petersburg motorway and its continuation inside the MKAD is a good example illustrating the collaboration of the federal and city’s authorities, Russian President Vladimir Putin believes. The address from Head of State was read out at the opening ceremony by Sergei Ivanov, Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office. “The implementation of this much-needed infrastructure project has become a vivid example of efficient state-private partnership in the country’s automobile road complex and of a mutually beneficial cooperation with our French colleagues,” the address said.

Vladimir Putin also noted the highly professional commitment of the specialists who worked on the construction of the motorway.

Mr Sobyanin in turn added that the new facilities have a special significance for Moscow and the Moscow Region as a whole. “I thank in the name of all Muscovites all those engaged in the project, in the implementation of the largest road project in Moscow and the Moscow Region. First of all, I would like to thank Russian President Vladimir Putin. He called the development of the Moscow transport hub a priority, including this thoroughfare. Rosavtodor, private investors, the Government of the Moscow Region, we all worked hard to make this project materialise,” the Mayor of Moscow said.

According to him, one more federal motorway enters the city and an outbound thoroughfare is being created, that will distribute traffic flows inside the MKAD along chordal directions — the Northeastern and Northwestern chords. This is the reason why Moscow took such an active part in the project. “Millions of Muscovites and residents of the Moscow Region now have a modern highway. The problem of reaching Sheremetyevo Airport has been largely resolved. Zelenograd residents now have an alternative route to drive to Moscow whereas Moscow and St Petersburg have become much closer,” Mr Sobyanin stressed.

For the transfer of passengers arriving in the city via the new motorway, a transport interchange hub is being built which includes Zamoskvoretskaya line’s Khovrino metro station, currently under construction. The hub is also to be built at the commuter train station with the same name on Oktyabrskaya Railway.

The head-on section of the M11 motorway from the 18th to the 58th kilometre will considerably improve Moscow’s connection with Sheremetyevo Airport and Zelenograd, and will also take the load off the initial section of Leningradskoye Motorway which at present bears a three-fold overload (up to 130,000 vehicles per day compared to the 40,000 it was initially designed for).

The newly opened section is 43 kilometres long (from Businovskaya interchange to the M10 Rossiya motorway junction on the 58thkilometre). The number of lanes in each direction amounts to 10 from MKAD to the exit to Sheremetyevo 1 Airport, eight lanes from exit to Sheremetyevo 1 to Zelenograd, and four lanes from Zelenograd to M10 juncture. The lanes are 3.75 metres wide, so is the dividing lane. The construction lasted from 2011 through 2014.

The speed limit on the new motorway is 130 kilometres per hour. The motorway has no traffic lights and will operate as a toll road.

Sergei Ivanov added that the new motorway is not going to pollute the environment. “Facilities were built for purification of water, rain washout, rainfall. And there is one more factor few people are aware of: a formidable number of illegal dumpsites have been cleared during the construction that would have stayed there unless we built that road,” he said.

The Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive also emphasised that the motorway to St Petersburg would have been completely ready by the FIFA World Cup. “I should note, though, that two sections of the highway have yet been tendered. This is a fact. We are planning to do it in March 2015. Meanwhile, all the other section of the motorway are already being built,” he announced.

The toll is fixed and will not go up. “The ride from the Ring Road to Sheremetyevo will cost 100 roubles since next July while the toll for the drive-through of the whole section up to Solnechnogorsk will cost 300 roubles. The amounts are fixed and are not subject to change. As to the new sections, the tolls may rise there only within inflation figures,” Mr Ivanov concluded.

The construction was funded from the federal budget, own means and loans.

The construction of the first section of the Moscow-St Petersburg toll speedway between the 15th and 58th kilometre cost 72 billion roubles, said Pierre Cape, the chief operations director of the Vinci Group, shareholder of the Northwestern Concession Company.

“To implement the project, we attracted four sources: state support of 23 billion roubles, 10 billion rouble shareholder investment, bank loans for 29 billion roubles and an unprecedented issue of bonds for 10 billion roubles,” he said.

The Businovskaya Interchange provides for entry and exit of cars using M11 road towards the Moscow Ring and to the city.

The interchange is the first five-level transport structure in Russia.

The interchange includes the 1.6 kilometre road section, seven overpasses with a total length of 4.9 kilometres, 12 ramps from the interchange totalling over five kilometres, and the viaduct being reconstructed over Oktyabrskaya Railway.

Sergei Sobyanin said that the road has already reached Festivalnaya St in Moscow and is linked to Korovinskoye Motorway. “This is a large work, enormous structures, some eight kilometres of these crossovers and interchanges. We had to demolish about 2,000 garages and replace utility lines,” he said.

The Moscow Government intends to go on building the road from Festivalnaya St to Dmitrovskoye Motorway. “This project is ready, the project documentation is ready; we will calculate the needed funding, assess our possibilities and move along,” the Moscow Mayor said.

The interchange project was implemented with the Moscow budget funds; and the construction was implemented with the federal budget funds. The project was begun in 2011 and is expected to be completed in 2015.

The road from the Businovskaya Interchange to Festivalnaya St with an interchange on Festivalnaya St will provide for comfortable inbound and outbound traffic on road M11. And the interchange on the intersection between the new road and Festivalnaya St will make it possible to take a direction either towards Leningradskoye Motorway, or the Korovinskoye Motorway and Dmitrovskoye Motorway.

The opening of the road will make it possible for passengers of surface public transport leaving Sheremetyevo Airport, Zelenograd and Moscow Region locations to easily reach Khovrino metro station being built on Zamoskvoretskaya metro line and create a transport link between Moscow-St Petersburg speedway M11 and major Moscow motorways under construction — Northwestern and Northeastern chords. In addition, the traffic load on Leningradskoye Motorway will reduce; and road links will be created between the Khovrino, Golovinsky and Zapadnoye Degunino districts, which are presently sealed off by Oktyabrskaya Railway tracks.

A total of 7.8 kilometres of roads have been built as part of the new road and interchange including 19 crossovers (of these, 15 on the interchange) with a total length of 4.45 kilometres; 0.91 kilometres of Zelenogradskaya St have been reconstructed.

The pedestrian underpass has been reconstructed; 13 stops of surface public transport have been set up; the area below the crossover will have a parking lot for 800 car spaces.

The Moscow authorities have installed 11,390 noise-protective windows in nearby blocks of flats, and the road has noise screens with a total length of 4.9 kilometres.

These structures were constructed in 2013-2014; the surrounding territory will be improved in 2015. The construction was completed within 18 months — it took only half of the standard period for building such transport structures (40 months).

The construction was implemented with Moscow Government funds, including federal budget subsidies.

In addition, a Concessionary Agreement on Extending the Northern Bypass of Odintsovo was signed. “This is a new highway from the Moscow Ring Road to Moskva City. Eleven kilometres of modern road, mostly overpasses, will be built entirely with investor money,” the Moscow Mayor said.