Diagonal traffic: Opening new sections of North-West Expressway

Diagonal traffic: Opening new sections of North-West Expressway
Photo: Photo by the Mayor and Moscow Government Press Service. Denis Grishkin
The expressway is being launched stage by stage, with motorists receiving its new section which is over seven kilometres long in the run-up to New Year celebrations.

The city has opened the seventh North-West Expressway section between the Mosfilmovskaya and Generala Dorokhova streets. This key section of the diagonal expressway will serve as an alternative route for Mozhaiskoye Motorway and Michurinsky Prospekt, also linking central Moscow with the Moscow Ring Road (MKAD). In effect, the city will have a new radial route.

It took almost three years to build this section: from April 2015 until late 2017, and measures 7.45 km.

Western Moscow in for changes

An overpass, part of the expressway’s section between the Mosfilmovskaya and Generala Dorokhova streets, and spanning the Moscow Railway’s Kiev Line reduces congestion on Michurinsky Prospekt and Mozhaiskoye Motorway. The capacity of Aminyevskoye Motorway will increase by between 25-30 percent after a new overpass spanning is completed.

The city has received a full-fledged alternative route for Mozhaiskoye Motorway and Michurinsky Prospekt that merges with the Third Ring Road. The new section continues the already completed overpass on Mosfilmoskaya Street that has been open since 2014.

Of course, residents of nearby districts will benefit most of all from the new road. The expressway’s section between the Mosfilmovskaya and Generala Dorokhova streets passes via the Western Administrative Area’s Ochakovo-Matveyevskoye and Ramenki districts where about 265,000 people reside.

Opened sections

The city is launching the expressway stage by stage. Its section between the Leningradsky and Marshala Zhukova prospects has also opened this year. In June 2017, a right-turn exit started linking Aminyevskoye Motorway with Generala Dorokhova Street.

The expressway’s Mozhaiskoye Motorway-Ryabinovaya Street section opened in 2016. The Vyazemskaya and Vitebskaya streets, as well as the Ryabinovaya Street-Aminyevskoye Motorway section, were improved and the upgraded Generala Dorokhova Street’s average capacity increased by 30 percent.

The Alabyano-Baltiisky Tunnel, the most important and complicated section of the expressway, was completed in 2015. The tunnel merges with Bolshaya Akademicheskaya Street. The expressway’s neighbouring section between Dmitrovskoye Motorway and Bolshaya Akademicheskaya Street also opened in 2015.

The expressway’s spinoffs

The North-West Expressway will allow motorists to shuttle between Moscow’s northeastern and southwestern districts, without having to tackle the centre of Moscow. There are also plans to overhaul existing roads and to build new ones, as well as numerous overpasses, underpasses, interchanges, crossings plus other structures.

The expressway will link Skolkovskoye Motorway with northern districts via the Vitebskaya, Kubinka, Bozhenko, Yartsevskaya, Krylatskaya, Nizhniye Mnyovniki, Narodnogo Opolcheniya, Alabyana, Baltiiskaya, Bolshaya Akademicheskaya streets and 3rd Nizhnelikhoborsky Proyezd. After that, it will stretch along the Moscow Central Circle (MCC) belt railway towards Serebryakova Proyezd and link up with Yaroslavskoye Motorway near Severyaninsky overpass.

The road will pass through four administrative areas and will reduce congestion on major routes, including MKAD, the Third Ring Road, as well as the Leningradskoye, Volokolamskoye, Zvenigorodskoye, Mozhaiskoye and Rublyovskoye motorways.

The North-West Expressway is part of a mega-project to build three thoroughfares, including the North-East Expressway, due to link the city’s northern and southeastern districts plus the South Expressway, due to pass through the capital’s western, southern and southeastern districts.