Road builders counted 158,000 pits in Transcarpathia

Oksana Shtefanyo, for  8 October 2013 18:29  7147692 048447
Road builders counted 158,000 pits in Transcarpathia

In October, the hardest operational period for maintenance of roads starts that will last almost six months. This was told at the briefing at the Traffic Police Office of the MIA in Transcarpathian region by the First Deputy Chief of the Road Service in Transcarpathian region Vasily Zayats.

In particular, he added, they have developed a special program for road maintenance in winter. Now their employees are finishing the installation of warning signs at nearly 3,500 km of the roads they are in charge of. At 16 most dangerous sections on the passes (in total there are 35 such sections in the region), they have already installed a warning panel in two languages. At the same time he reports that 85% of the equipment is ready for the winter period.   

To monitor the situation on Transcarpathian highways around the clock, Road Service will be using 4 cameras. Thanks to video equipment, they will be able to respond quickly to emergency. By the way, a few days ago the equipment of the said service was used in Rakhiv and Mizhhirya districts where autumn snow had fallen.

The Office of the State Emergencies Service in Transcarpathian region are also preparing their equipment for the winter. This was stated by the deputy chief of the said Office Hlib Burkovsky. In turn, the Deputy Chief of the Traffic Police Office of the MIA in Transcarpathian region Vasyl Bokoch said that in preparation for the winter their employees have already started the examination of roads that will last until October 20. Later, they will issue recommendations and orders to services, responsible for road maintenance. "Every month we draw up more than 20 reports", - the head of of the roads department of Traffic Police Office of the MIA Ivan Drahula adds. Those are for improper maintenance of roads, for failure to receive works approval, for the shortcomings that led to the accident.

The Road Service of the region conducted their examination and there are some interesting numbers. "We have the greatest number of pits on roads ever - 158,000. This number, compared to the previous year, increased by 40% - Vasyl Zayats says. - This state of affairs is the result of several years of underfunding. Last year, the state budget allocated for road maintenance 65 million hryvnias, this year - 75 million. It is only 18-20% of the needed amount. Soon we will have no roads at all." Although, the mentioned pits, the speaker convinces, have been patched.

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