Georgia: Georgian Premier Irakli Garibashvili stated that the construction of the Kakheti Expressway will reduce travel time from Tbilisi to Kakheti by half while visiting the Tbilisi-Sagarejo Highway today along with Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure Irakli Karseladze to familiarise himself with the 35-kilometre section’s construction.
According to the Government Administration, the Premier stated that, in accordance with the Government’s 10-year plan, 2 billion GEL will be invested in upgrading Kakheti’s road infrastructure, of which 1 billion GELs’ worth of work is already under construction.
The Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure is constructing this important international highway.
Irakli Karseladze, Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure, updated the Georgian Premier on current activities, pointing out that work on the 35-kilometre Tbilisi-Sagarejo part, which bypasses Vaziani, is in full swing as part of the 85-kilometre highway.
The Tbilisi-Sagarejo Highway is divided into three sections, with a four-lane cement and concrete expressway with outdoor lighting now under construction.
The project, which is valued at over 527 million GEL, is financed from the state budget.
Moreover, the road construction site was divided into lots based on engineering and financial studies undertaken by the Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure to ensure a high level of competition and to allow Georgian enterprises to participate independently in the tender bidding.
The Kakheti Expressway project was developed with support from the World Bank by highly experienced Austrian and German enterprises. The Tbilisi-Sagarejo stretch is part of the main Tbilisi-Kakheti connector, as well as a transit corridor linking Azerbaijan’s northwest area.
The new road’s construction will improve road safety, which is currently one of the most crucial challenges.
The initiative will also improve the competitiveness of transit corridors that run through Georgia.
Apart from constructing road infrastructure in Kakheti, 18 rehabilitation projects for a total of 61 million GEL are now being implemented, including the restoration of 65 kilometres of roads and one bridge, as well as nine riverbank reinforcement projects.
The Geogian PM was accompanied by Dedoplistskaro and Sighnaghi Majoritarian MP Davit Songhulashvili, Sagarejo Municipality Mayor Avtandil Gulikashvili, Head of the Government Administration’s Regional Liaison Department Leri Barnabishvili, and Kakheti Region State Representative Irakli Shioshvili on his visit to the construction site, according to a statement from the Government Administration.