With a total length of about 185 km, the East-West highway is the main artery for long distance road traffic in Georgia and is being used by most traffic from Azerbaijan and Armenia to the Black Sea ports and Turkey, as well as long distance traffic to and from Tbilisi. This highway is also part of the Pan-European corridor linking the EU with Central Asia through the Caucasus and part of the Transport Corridor Europe-Caucasus-Asia (TRACECA) programme.
The development and upgrading of this key highway, which started in 2006, is one of the top priorities for Georgia since it will enhance the country's position as the main conduit of regional trade and passenger movements. By supporting this project, the NIF and the EIB give a clear signal to our neighbours of the EU support to regional integration through increased connectivity.
Taken as a whole, the project is expected to enhance the safety conditions of this major route for transport of goods and people between Asia and Europe, thus improving trade and boosting the region's economy.