The state agency for automobile roads (Ukravtodor) expects the reform of the road sector in Ukraine to be completed by the end of 2014.
"The reform program has been approved by the Cabinet of Ministers. There is a plan of measures, and they will all be implemented by the end of 2014," Ukravtodor’s head Yevhen Prusenko said at a press conference in Kyiv on Monday.
According to him, the reform provides for, among other things, separation of responsibility for state roads and local roads. In particular, local authorities will manage local roads. "We need to move in this direction like all developed countries have done and not make decisions in Kyiv about which road linking one village to another should be the first to be repaired. Management of local roads will be transferred to local authorities, but the roads will remain state owned,” Prusenko said.
He added that there would be a new approach to operational maintenance of roads. "We are planning to switch to operating based on the end result - paying not for the volume of work but for the conditions of roads. Such contracts exist in many countries," said the head of Ukravtodor.