Prepare for roadwork when driving the distance between Kola and Lotta border check-point to Finland later this year. Murmansk regional authorities have allocated 150 million rubles (€3,7 million) in the 2013 budget to start road repair work. The funding is enough to upgrade a distance of some 13 kilometers of the road, according to MBNews.
Last year, a bridge on the same road was reconstructed.
Murmansk governor Marina Kovtun says her government has initiated a process aimed at transferring the road from regional to federal authorities. When the road gets federal status, additional cash to upgrade will be easier to get.
A record high of 128,000 border-crossings were counted in 2012 at the Lotta, Raja-Joosepi check-point. That is up 36 percent from 2011.
The two other roads connecting Murmansk region with neighboring countries, the E105 towards Norway and the road towards Salla, are also both under upgrade. It was back in 2009 that then-Governor Dmitri Dmitrienko stated that construction of modern roads towards Murmansk’s external borders was a top priotiry.
The Barents Region has some of the last largest areas of intact natural woodlands in Europe. Scientists, bureaucrats and environmentalists from all four Barents countries cooperate on preserving the forest, but an international initiative is needed.
August 9th, the Barents Region celebrated the UN International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The day was commemorated in several parts of the region, including Karasjok in Northern Norway and Teriberka in Northwestern Russia.