Repair work is being performed on the M-13 Kropyvnytskyi-Platonove highway (to Chisinau), which is a strategically important route connecting Kirovograd, Mykolaiv, and Odesa with the neighboring Republic of Moldova, for the first time in 50 years.

The State Road Agency (Ukravtodor) announced this in a statement, the CFTS portal reports.

The M-13 highway was built in the 1960s.

"Without major repairs for more than half a century, the concrete surface of the road is practically destroyed," the statement said.

The repair work began in the Mykolaiv region. The first repair section, which is 23 kilometers long, begins at the border with the Kirovograd region and ends at the intersection with the H-24 Blahoveschensk-Mykolaiv national highway.

The contractor's employees have begun preparatory work and dismantling of the destroyed concrete slabs.

The repair work is being performed by the Autostrada company, which won the relevant tender.

"According to the project, the old concrete pavement will be replaced with asphalt concrete. Twenty-three kilometers is just the beginning. We plan to overhaul 81 kilometers of the M-13 highway in the Mykolaiv region," said Ukravtodor’s deputy head Andrii Ivko.

As the CFTS reported earlier, that the bridge across River Kleven in the Sumy region has been repaired for the first time in 49 years. The ferry was built in 1972.