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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Hazards of the Outer Ring Road

The Outer Ring Road is getting more and more difficult to negotiate due to new reconstruction work. Mayor Yury Luzhkov has promised that in two years it should be ready for traffic, but for the moment the remont is proving a terrible headache to drivers who want to use the road during the day. Last week I spent more than an hour in a terrible traffic jam in the southwest part of town.

The main work is currently underway between Kashirskoye Shosse and Rublyovskoye Shosse.

If you are heading east to west, you should turn right off the Outer Ring Road in the direction of Tsaritsino onto Lipetskaya Ulitsa to get onto the so-called "second ring" which starts at Nakhimovsky Prospekt. From there you can easily turn off in any direction either downtown or away from the center. If you stay on the Outer Ring Road, you will get embroiled in traffic jams near Varshavskoye Shosse and Profsoyuznaya Ulitsa.

If you are heading west to east, you should leave the Ring Road via Rublyovskoye Shosse, which is also a part of the second ring. If you stay on the Outer Ring Road at this point, you will encounter traffic jams around Mozhaiskoe Shosse and Leninsky Prospekt.

At night, though, the Outer Ring Road is still the fastest way around the city.

-- by Kolya Kachurin