From September 1, new high-speed tracks will be built in Ukraine with narrowed left-hand lanes, said Deputy Minister of Regional Development, Construction and Housing of Ukraine, Lev Partskhaladze, on his Facebook page.
According to the planned changes, the width of left lanes on category I roads (with 3 or more lanes in one direction), will be narrowed up to 3.5 m instead of 3.75 m.
“Narrowing the width of lanes is a very good practice for improving security that is used in European countries and worldwide. So, we decided to implement it while constructing new largest and most intensive Ukrainian roads. It would minimize the permitted speed excess on the roads, make drivers more attentive and, thus, will result in fewer road accidents”, the deputy minister said.
Partskhaladze reported that the new changes also provide for 3m width of the stopping lanes on the roads (I-II categories) instead of 2.5 m.
“The current 2.5 m stopping width is very dangerous and might lead to additional accidents. This is particularly true for trucks unable to accommodate on such a stretch of road safely”, the deputy minister said.
According to Partskhaladze, the new GOS changes also provide for modern and more secure requirements for horizontal and vertical curves design.
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