Georgia-Russia road reopens after landslide

Intense reconstruction works have been held during the past 10 days to restore the road. Photo by Georgia’s Road Department, 04 Jul 2016 - 14:24, Tbilisi,Georgia

The only road linking Georgia and Russia is reopening today after being blocked by a landslide for 10 the past days.

Georgia’s Road Department announced the Mtskheta-Stepantsminda-Larsi Road (Georgian Military Highway) would fully reopen at 5pm today.

One kilometre of the road near the border checkpoint was washed away on June 23 after it was completely demolished by a landslide.

"Once the road opens, certain restrictions will be imposed for all vehicles travelling along the road and Georgia’s Interior Ministry will control the traffic,” the Road Department said without specifying restriction details yet.

"Around the clock work by the Road Department and State Construction Company made it possible to reopen the road,” said the state agency.

The 134-135km section of the Military Highway closed at 6pm on June 23 after it was washed away by the landslide.