Turkey’s Limak Begins Construction of $500mn Highway in Russia’s Bashkortostan

Works have begun on the construction of a new highway in the Russian republic of Bashkortostan, with Turkish company Limak undertaking the $538 million project together with local construction firm Marashstroy, RBC reported.

The Ufa Eastern Output, a link between Russia’s M5 and M7 federal highways, will start the projects defined as Highway Construction, the Head of the Republic of Bashkortostan Radiy Khabirov said during a meeting on Thursday with Turkey’s ambassador to Russia Mehmet Samsara in the capital Ufa.

Limak and Marashstroy’s joint company Limakmarasavtodarogi has begun building the construction of the “Ufa East exit”, a transportation corridor project worth 5 billion rubles ($80 million), which includes tunnels between M7 and M33.5 highways. Habirov describes the whole project as “one of the biggest Bashkort-Turkish joint projects in history”.

Habirov announced that the first advance payment of $26 million was made to the contractor company and construction will begin on Monday through tunnel works.

The republic’s leader stated that there are other big projects on the agenda and negotiations with other Turkish companies are continuing.

Limak Construction and project partner Marashstroy signed a deal on the Ufa East Exit Road project in July 2017. The project, to which the build-operate-transfer model will be implemented, is carried out on behalf of the Russian Federation under the Concession Agreement between the Republic of Bashkir and the Concession Company Bashkir Concession Company (BCC).

A tunnel, a bridge, a viaduct and an embankment road section on the route of approximately 12.5 kilometers will be built. The project is foreseen to reach a capacity of around 22,000 vehicles per day.

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