The Central Bohemian, South Bohemian and Pilsen regions will get most resources for repairing roads4/4/2018|Press releasesThe Central Bohemian, South Bohemian and Pilsen regions will receive most of the special state subsidy amounting to CZK 4 billion and designated for regional roads. We can see this in the calculation of the State Fund for Transport Infrastructure that, again, proposes splitting the money based on the length of category II and III roads in the individual regions. What is new is that the allocation of the money is pre-conditioned by the removal of illegal billboards from the land owned by the regions. Both the government and the State Fund for Transport Infrastructure Committee will still have to approve this proposal. "This is already for fourth year that we will help the regions repair the hundreds of kilometres of roads and bridges. So far, we spent almost CZK 11 billion on category II and III roads and the regions will get another four this year. The terms and conditions for getting the subsidy include, among other things, the coordination of repairs through the geoportal and now also the obligation of removing illegal billboards from the land owned by the regions," says the transport minister Dan Ťok. Four billion Czech crowns, designated for regional roads, comes from government savings of the individual ministries and the State Fund for Transport Infrastructure will provide one billion. Like in last years, the money will be distributed according to the length of the roads administered by the region. This means that most resources will go to the Central Bohemian region (CZK 678 million), the South Bohemian region (CZK 428 million) and the Pilsen region (CZK 362 million). The capital city Prague will get over CZK 170 million for roads with the function of the Prague Ring Road, once completed in the future. The regions are receiving money for the renewal of their roads from taxes plus have European resources available in regional operational programmes. Still, this is the already the fourth year that the Ministry of Transport will provide a significant, one-off support. In 2015 it was CZK 4.4 billion, in 2016 it was CZK 3 billion and in 2017 it was CZK 3.4 billion. This means that almost CZK 11 billion has gone into the repairs and modernisation of regional roads. Like in the past years, the regional will have to coordinate the different repair schedules with the administrators of the transport infrastructure affected, particularly the Road and Motorways Directorate (ŘSD). A special geoportal, on which information on the reconstruction planned is uploaded, serves this purpose. This prevents traffic complications and parallel work with repairs of motorways and category I roads. What is new is that the regions are now obliged to remove all billboards from their land, lying in the protected zones of motorways and category I roads, if they want to get the funding. The state support for regional roads is an extraordinary measure to help the regions. The law says that the regions are entrusted with care of lower category roads, while the state takes care of motorways and category I roads. The resources from the State Fund for Transport Infrastructure are primarily intended for transport infrastructure owned by the state.