MKAD (Minsk)

MKAD (Minsk)

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MKAD is the name of the beltway that goes around Minsk, Belarus. The name is an abbreviation that means Minsk BeltWay (Russian: Минская кольцевая автомобильная дорога). The 56.2 km road straddles the Minsk city limits.


The road was built between 1956 and 1963. In the beginning the road had just one lane in each direction and the width of the roadway was 7.5 meters. Reconstruction began in 1980. The result was 26.8 km with four lanes with the remaining section, 29.4 km, having two lanes.

Recent developments and current conditions

At the end of the 1990s, the road was used by 16,000-18,000 automobiles daily and had level crossings, traffic lights and bus stops. Thus, on August 7, 2001, president Alexander Lukashenko ordered its reconstruction, with the completion due by November 2002.

The rebuilt road opened on November 7, 2002. MKAD has come closer to resembling a freeway, due to the elimination of traffic lights, the prohibition of left turns at grade level, and the installation of streetlights along its entire route. It has a total of six lanes, a width of 29 meters, and a capacity of 85,000 vehicles per day. The road was designed to have a 120 km/h speed limit, though at present the limit is 90 km/h. This restriction is due to frequent accidents involving people crossing in undesignated places, despite the fact that there are more than 50 pedestrian crossings and barriers on both...
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