First section of Kakheti Highway opens, project to be completed in 2024

The first four-kilometre section of the 35-km Kakheti Highway has become operational. Photo: Ministry of Intrastructure, 08 Dec 2023 - 13:36, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgian Infrastructure Minister Irakli Karseladze on Friday said the first four-kilometre section of the 35-km Kakheti Highway, a project stretching from the capital of Tbilisi to the central part of the eastern Kakheti region, had become operational.

The Highway is divided into two sections - a 35-km Tbilisi-Sagarejo and 16.6-km Bakurtsikhe-Tsnori roads. The former is itself composed of three sections - the Vaziani bypass road, Vaziani-Sagarejo section and Sagarejo bypass road - with construction underway on all three. 

The four-km section opened earlier today is the Vaziani bypass road, constructed by a Georgian company. Karseladze said construction of the remaining two sections was proceeding “according to plan”.

We have every reason to say the construction of the 35 km Highway will be completed next year. Major progress is also being made on the Sagarejo bypass section, where a part of the road has had its lower layer completed; the works are ongoing and will also be completed next year”, he added.

The Minister noted the construction of the Sagarejo-Badiauri road had started this year with the financial support from the World Bank. He noted the road was due to be opened in 2025.

While being a part of a main highway connecting Tbilisi with Kakheti, the Tbilisi-Sagarejo road also functions as a transit corridor providing connection to the northwestern part of Azerbaijan. The existing road passes through densely populated villages and cities of Vaziani, Sartichala, Ninotsminda and Sagarejo.

Infrastructure Minister Irakli Karseladze inspecting ongoing works on site. Photo: Ministry of Infrastructure

After its completion, the Bakurtsikhe-Tsnori road will pass six villages in Alazani lowlands. It will connect the international road spanning between Tbilisi, Bakurtsikhe, Lagodekhi and the Azerbaijani border with the existing local network. 

Karseladze also said he expected improved traffic safety and reduced travel times following the completion of the project, with potential reduction of travel time from Tbilisi to Sagarejo municipality to one hour and 20 minutes.