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Directorate held steering group meeting for Saimaa bypass project

27 January

On 27th of January 2022 Directorate held steering group meeting of the project “Improvement of mobility, traffic safety and environmental protection by planning Saimaa Canal bypass road to BCP "Brusnichnoye" within CBC Programme South-East Finland – Russia.

The project aim is to prepare site planning documentation for new road to BCP Brusnichnoye that in its turn will contribute to ensure required capacity, safe passenger and cargo mobility.

Along with the representatives of Directorate, Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency (Jyri Mustonen), Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment of the South-East Finland (Ville Kukkola) and CBC Programme South-East Finland Valentina Chaplinskaya took part in online meeting.

The head of PPP and external relations Department Yuri Pavlov shared with partners project progress and achieved results: engineering investigations and traffic forecast as well as the current works on preparing site planning documentation.

Discussing the road planning solutions developed based on the feasibility study results that were done in 2018 was in focus.

According to the previous solutions approved by Uprdor North-West the connection with federal road A-181 Scandinavia is planned to be half cloverleaf.

Considering the traffic forecast the road itself will be designed as a 4-lane that guarantee adequate throughput capacity.The bicycle path will be constructed separately. Despite it is planned to lighten bicycle path all over the road route.

Jyri Mustonen and Ville Kukkola approved these solutions and noted their importance with regard to road safety. In the short term mentioned solution will be sent to relevant authorities for further consideration and expertise.

Valentina Chaplinskaya asked Directorate if there are any measures for environmental protection in site planning documentation. Yuri Pavlov replied that first stage works involved ecological investigations on project territory which results help to determine better route, avoiding protected areas. Despite, site planning documentation takes into account necessary steps to protect wild animals and provide them opportunity for migration. Documentation will be checked by relevant committee on the stage of getting approvals.

Directorate continues to work toward project implementation. Next steering group meeting is planned on March 2022.