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MOSCOW, January 19. /TASS/. Poor quality of roads stands behind 40% of road accidents in Russia, while the total length of automobile roads in this country is 65 or so percent smaller than what is needed, says an analytical memorandum the Russian Academy of the National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) has submitted to the government.
"Up to 40% of all road accident occur on the roads that do not meet traffic regulations and specifications," Izvestia daily quoted the document on Tuesday.
The analysts point out about 70% of federal roads stand in need of repairs. They recommend finding new sources of financing and point out concessionary agreements or life cycle contracts for the purpose.
"Official statistics does not reflect the full scope of influence of (the quality of) roads on the number of accidents and this serves as a justification for a considerable slashing of expenditure for the measures to enhance road safety in the process of construction of new roads or reconstruction of existing ones."
The sections of roads that fall short of requirements for traffic safety turn into hotbeds of road accidents, the memorandum says. Even though the length of such sections does not exceed 5% of the overall length of roads in this country, about 40% of accidents takes place there.
It is not only the quality of roads but their quantity as well as it unsatisfactory, the analysts say. Normal functioning of the national economy would require 1.5 million kilometers of roads as a minimum, only 544,000 km of roads (exclusive of municipal or private roads) are available a the moment.
By official statistics, more than 40,000 populated localities with a total of 15 million residents do not have connection with asphalted roads, the memorandum says.
Some regions, like the Yakutia-Saha, the Magadan region and the Chukotka Autonous Area does not have even the backbone network of roads.