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Contractors Being Chosen to Fix Moscow Roads

Construction companies are vying to perform large-scale street repairs. Vladimir Filonov

The city construction department this month will select general contractors for the reconstruction of major throughways at a cost of almost 50 billion rubles ($1.57 billion) and is to select general contractors for the reconstruction of all city throughways by the end of the year.

The contractors picked this month will rebuild Ryazansky and Volgogradsky prospekts, Shosse Entuziastov, Mozhaiskoye, Leningradskoye and Yaroslavskoye shosses, as well as the roadway called Balaklavsky Prospekt on one end and Rublyovskoye Shosse on the other.

"The bids were unsealed on Dec. 30 and now they are being analyzed," said Andrei Bochkaryov, head of the construction department. Bidding for the remaining 10 routes will be held in the near future, according to Bochkaryov.

The most expensive project is the reconstruction of Mozhaiskoye Shosse from the Moscow Ring Road to the Garden Ring, the starting price of which is 10.9 billion rubles. The least expensive job is repairing Leningradskoye Shosse between the Sokol metro station and the Moscow Ring Road for 2.14 billion rubles.

The results of the bidding were published on the web site of the tender committee. The bidders were largely the same for all contracts. The reconstruction of Mozhaiskoye Shosse drew bids from Ziyad Manasir's Stroigazkonsalting, which offered to do the work for 10 billion rubles, and Ingeokom, which offered 9.6 billion rubles.

Ingeokom also bid on Ryazansky Prospekt, which had a starting price of 9.58 billion rubles, competing with SU-888 and MISK. Mostotrest, one of the owners of which is Arkady Rotenberg, bid 5.11 billion rubles on the Shosse Entuziastov reconstruction. But Termoservis said it would do it for 4.9 billion rubles. The starting price was 5.38 billion rubles.

Kosmos, which is already building the Alabyano-Baltiisky tunnel and reconstructing Bolshaya Akademicheskaya Ulitsa, also bid to work on Leningradskoye Shosse.

"There are no more than 15 companies with experience in complex construction in the city. The existing capacity is enough for the work on the highways so far," Bochkaryov said.

The reconstruction of Varshavskoye Shosse by Ingeokom (for 10.78 billion rubles) and Kashirskoye Shosse by ARKS Investment and Financial Construction Company (for 8.53 billion rubles) has been ongoing since November.

In addition, Moscow is looking for contractors to bid to build three interchanges on Dmitrovskoye Shosse at a cost of 21 billion rubles.

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