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Friendship Bridge to Be Built between Georgia and Armenia

Friendship Bridge to Be Built between Georgia and Armenia

The construction of the Friendship Bridge linking Georgia and Armenia will start in 2017. Today Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili and Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan visited the territory allocated for the construction of the new bridge.

The construction of the bridge, expected to be completed in under two years to feature a four-lane highway in the territory of the Sadakhlo-Bagratasheni border checkpoint on the Georgia-Armenia border, will be supported by the Governments of Georgia and Armenia and financed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Georgia has already commenced tender competition procedures pertaining to feasibility study and detailed design for the Rustavi-Sadakhlo highway. The Agreement on the Construction of the Friendship Bridge was signed on December 24, 2014 by Giorgi Kvirikashvili (the then Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia) and Gagik Beglaryan(the Minister of Transport and Communications of Armenia), during the former’s visit to Yerevan.

Today the Prime Minister of Georgia and the President of Armenia visited the new Bagratasheni checkpoint on the Georgia-Armenia border and attended its opening ceremony. The parties emphasized that the new border checkpoint, along with the Rustavi-Sadakhlo highway, would provide traffic flow from and to Armenia with uninterrupted access to the East-West and North-South Transit Corridors, also promoting the sustainable and competitive development of the region’s transport network.