Over the past five years, traffic on the Moscow Ring Road has become faster by an average of 6%. On March 28, the mayor of the capital, Sergei Sobyanin, spoke about this in his personal blog.
“Over the past five years, the average speed has increased by 6%, from 48 km/h to 51 km/h. And this is quite a lot, especially considering that the increase in average speed is mainly due to a decrease in the duration and intensity of traffic jams in problem sections of the Moscow Ring Road,” he said.
According to Sobyanin, the number of people injured in traffic accidents on the Moscow Ring Road has also decreased by 20% since 2018, while the death toll has fallen by 38%. The mayor said that in order to achieve such indicators, the modernization of the Moscow Ring Road has become one of the key areas of the capital’s transport program.
The mayor also added that the volume and complexity of the work done to modernize the Moscow Ring Road is comparable to the creation of the Moscow High-Speed Diameter.
Earlier, on February 25, Sobyanin said that changing the road markings on the Moscow Ring Road (MKAD) helps to make it safer and faster. According to the mayor, this helped reduce accidents and increase speed by up to 35% on some sections of the highway. During the past year, five projects were implemented to change the markings on the Moscow Ring Road.
On February 15, Andrey Bochkarev, Deputy Mayor of Moscow for Urban Planning Policy and Construction, announced that traffic at the interchange at the intersection of Altufevskoye Highway with the Moscow Ring Road would begin before the end of 2023. A total of 5.4 km will be built and reconstructed, including two overpasses 0.4 km long.
Prior to that, on February 13, Sobyanin spoke about the construction of high-speed highways that will appear in the city in 2023. According to the mayor, it is planned to complete several projects at once, including the Moscow High-Speed Diameter, several interchanges on the Moscow Ring Road and the Southern Rokada.