Toll roads to ap­pear in coun­try

Azer News - - Nation - By Sara Is­rafil­bay­ova

Az­er­av­toyol JSC, en­gaged in con­struc­tion and up­grade of the road in­fra­struc­ture in Azer­bai­jan, an­nounced that toll roads will soon ap­pear in the coun­try.

Spokesman for Az­er­av­toyol OJSC Anar Na­jafli, talk­ing to Trend, said that one of the toll roads has al­ready been de­ter­mined.

"This is the road Baku-Alat-As­tara-border with Iran. We ap­pealed to the ap­pro­pri­ate struc­tures to make this road paid. Now the con­struc­tion of this road is un­der­way. But it does not mean that driv­ers mov­ing in this di­rec­tion should nec­es­sar­ily use this road. The road, which is used now, is free and it will be an al­ter­na­tive to the toll road," Na­jafli added.

Na­jafli went on to say that the cost of a kilo­me­ter of toll road will be 4-7 gapiks, de­pend­ing on the ve­hi­cle (car or truck). The toll road will be shorter than the al­ter­na­tive one.

The spokesman men­tioned that more toll roads maybe built in the fu­ture. "For ex­am­ple, if there is an in­vestor, we can build the GubaShamakhi road. This road will be 200 kilo­me­ters shorter than the cur­rent road that passes through Baku," he stated.

Na­jafli said that all rev­enues from the toll roads will be spent for the road main­te­nance.

Milli Ma­jlis [Par­lia­ment] adopted amend­ments and ad­di­tions to the law "On Roads" in 2013.

Mem­bers of the Par­lia­ment de­cided that in or­der to mod­ern­ize and ex­pand the net­work of high­ways and pro­vide qual­ity ser­vices to mo­torists, toll roads could be built in the coun­try.

Toll roads ex­ist in Euro­pean coun­tries and in some neigh­bor­ing coun­tries, such as Turkey, Kaza­khstan and oth­ers.

Re­port for Jan­uary-Septem­ber 2016 of Az­er­av­toyol Com­pany said that a to­tal of 542.7 kilo­me­ters of roads were built, re­paired and re­con­structed through­out the coun­try’s ter­ri­tory in Jan­uary-Septem­ber 2016.

The work on road im­prove­ment also in­cluded con­struc­tion of 12 new road bridges and re­pair of five bridges. More than 30 roads, av­enues and streets with a to­tal length of 63.2 kilo­me­ters were re­con­structed and re­paired in Baku.

All these works were car­ried out in ac­cor­dance with the State Pro­grams on So­cio-Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment of re­gions of Azer­bai­jan for 2014-2018 and of Baku City and Its Set­tle­ments in 2014-2016, ap­proved by Pres­i­dent Il­ham Aliyev.

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