16 July 2021

Trial Asphalt Laid on the Main M-12 Route, Phase 7

Work is underway around the clock on all 82 kilometers of M-12 Highway (Phase 7), which passes through Chuvash Republic and the Republic of Tatarstan.

Road builders completed a trial laying of asphalt concrete at the 645th km of M-12 main route. At 629th km, a site is being prepared for a multifunctional area for drivers to refuel and repair their cars, relax, and have a snack.

On the 630th to 670th km section, earthworks are underway to remove the soil-vegetation layer - 781 thousand cubic meters of the planned 1,051 thousand cubic meters. A volume of 1,738 thousand m3 will be excavated and cut-and-fill embankment (1,364 thousand m3) will be prepared.

With the assistance of military engineers from the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, a pontoon bridge across the Sviyaga River is being erected to provide a passage from one bank to the other.

The main six-span bridge across the Sviyaga will be one of the largest engineering structures of Phase 7 of M-12 construction project. A total of 35 artificial structures are to be erected on 82th km in this phase. They will pass through the regional road network, rivers, streams, ravines. Preparatory works have already started.

Construction of production bases and rotation camps is underway; geodetic surveys and the accumulation of inert materials are continuing. Totally, 390 units of equipment and 690 people are involved in Phase 7.

As part of M-12 project until 2024, we plan to build zero and eighth phases, with a total length of 810.87 km. This will be a new category 1B highway (4 lanes), along which one can drive without stopping at traffic lights or junctions at the same level from Moscow to Kazan.

The M-12 project will help develop economic potential of agglomerations, connect 17 major regional centers, take freight traffic outside of settlements, improve road safety, and reduce the number of road traffic accidents in the Moscow-Kazan corridor by at least 3.5 times.

About 60% of Russian population lives in the attraction zone of the highway. 70% of automotive industry, 50% of the aerospace and defense industry, 40% metallurgy, 30% mechanical engineering and instrument making, 20% food industry and agriculture businesses are concentrated in this area.

80,000 people will get new jobs. The macroeconomic effect is 2.4 trillion rubles. The gross regional product growth for agglomerations is 1 trillion rubles. Increase in freight traffic - up to 70 million tons per year.