R256 highway (Russia)
Federal Highway M52
|Федеральная автомобильная дорога M52|
|Length:||953 km (592 mi)|
|South end:||Mongolian border|
|Russian Federal Highways|
The Russian route M52, also known as Chuya Highway or Chuysky Trakt (Чуйский тракт), is a trunk road in Novosibirsk Oblast, Altai Krai and Altai Republic of Russia. Its length is 953 kilometres. The width is 7 metres. It is also a part of the Asian Highway AH4.
The highway, constructed in the early 1930s by gulag inmates, extends from Novosibirsk to Russia's border with Mongolia, passing through Berdsk, Novoaltaysk, Biysk, but bypassing Barnaul and Gorno-Altaysk.
On November 17, 2010, in accordance with Government Resolution 928, the M52 was given a new designation, R256, in Cyrillic Р256; the M52 designation may be used until the end of 2017.