Georgia to spend over $400M on construction and repair of roads

Georgia to spend over $400M on construction and repair of roads

BAKU, Azerbaijan, December 11

By Tamilla Mammadova – Trend:

According to the state budget of Georgia for 2020, 1.3 billion lari ($448.3 million) is allocated for the construction and repair of roads in the country, Trend reports citing Georgian media outlets.

Among the most significant projects are the construction of a road and a tunnel under the Cross Pass on the highway leading to Russia, the continuation of the construction of the East-West highway and the construction of a bypass road to the high mountain region of Tusheti.

On the Kvesheti-Kobe section of the only road in the direction of Russia, it is planned to build a new road and tunnel. The budget provides for this 50 million lari ($17.2 million), from where more than a half Georgia will receive from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Georgia also plans to continue the construction of another important road for the country - the Georgian section of the East-West route. Next year, 70 million lari ($24.1 million) is planned to be spent on the construction of the Zemo Osiauri section of this road. Most of the money for the construction of this site is allocated by the World Bank and the European Investment Bank.

Next year, the authorities plan to spend the largest sum amounting to 340 million lari ($117.2 million) on the construction of another section through the Rikoti Pass-Chumateleti-Argveti highway.

In 2020, 20 million lari ($6.8 million) on the construction and repair of the road to the high mountain region of Tusheti, which is considered the most dangerous in Georgia.

Implementation of infrastructure projects, along with the social sphere and education, are the main priorities of Georgia in the state budget for next year.

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