The first engineering structure designed to slow vehicular traffic at the entrance to a population center has been commissioned in Lokhvytsia (Poltava region).

Solar batteries installed on the facility ensure that the territory is illuminated at nights that signs are visible from a distance of several hundred meters. In addition, "cat's eye" reflective elements are built into road markings and signs have anti-vandal coating.

Similar expansions of roads are planned throughout the country as part of a campaign to introduce Traffic Calming Measures. A decision has been made to start introducing them in regional centers.

"The program consists of a whole range of measures aimed at saving people’s lives: creation of safe pedestrian crossings, installation of engineering structures to reduce speed, and illumination of roads and pedestrian crossings," the State Automobile Road Service (Ukravtodor) said.

Over a period of three years, Ukravtodor plans to upgrade the technical standards for design and construction of roads, automate the monitoring of the speed of vehicles, equip 1,000 overland pedestrian crossings with islands of security, lighting, and road signs and markings, and build bypass roads near population centers.

The R-60 regional motorway Krolevets-Konotop-Romny-Pyriatyn, which connects the Sumy and Poltava regions to the M-03 international highway Kyiv-Kharkiv, passes through Lokhvytsia. 

Ukravtodor recently announced that it was necessary to change traffic rules to reduce the maximum permissible speed in population centers up to 50 kilometers per hour.