As part of President Zelenskiy’s ‘Big Construction’ program, Ukravtodor plans to build by 2025, the end of his term, 1,400 km of cement concrete roads on routes leading to Black Sea ports in Odesa, Kherson and Mykolaiv.

 Designed to take heavy traffic of fully loaded grain trucks, this network of cement roads will triple in size in three years, Andriy Ivko, said Ukravtodor’s road development director (Interfax-Ukraine).

To roll out the welcome mat to EU drivers, Ukravtodor is repairing and upgrading 250 km of roads to border checkpoints this summer

, the highway agency reported on Facebook.  “Unfortunately, having crossed the borders of our state, it is expected that you meet a pothole,” Ukravtodor wrote. Almost all the work this year is being undertaken in Zakarpattia, repairing road connections to Slovakia, Hungary, and Romania. Last year, 150 km of border roads were repaired. By 2023, the plan is to repair 600 km.

The summer construction season has started, with work now underway on 215 roads and bridges across the country

, Ukravtodor, the state highway agency, reports on Facebook. “The total length of facilities on which work has begun is 1,960 km,” the agency says. “The current plan for 2021 provides for the construction, reconstruction, overhaul and current average repair of 4,500 km and 150 bridges.” Last year saw the rebuilding of 3,900 km of national roads and 2,000 km of local roads. Known as ‘Big Construction’ the multi-billion-dollar program is a centerpiece of the Zelenskiy administration.

With Big Construction needing at least $1 billion in additional funding this year,

one goal of the EBRD-Ukravtodor partnership is to create by this summer a joint stock company within Ukravtodor capable of generating capital by issuing infrastructure bonds. With international demand strong for Ukraine hryvnia bonds, planners believe foreign demand could extend beyond paying for international highways to pay for regional roads. Last year, the Cabinet of Ministers extended $840 million in state guarantees to Ukravtodor. The agency sold $500 million worth of bonds to three state banks – Ukreximbank, Ukrgasbank, and