Representatives of the EU and the European Investment Bank (EIB) have signed a new project to assist the development of newer and safer roads in Georgia.
Technical Assistance for Georgia Transport Connectivity is a seven-year programme funded by the EU with a total budget of €6,136,000 (approximately 19 million GEL).
The project will help prepare the technical studies necessary for new investments in the Georgian road network. It will also provide capacity building and training to staff of the relevant department to support the implementation of Georgia’s national road programme.
The project experts will also conduct feasibility and design studies to eliminate accident-prone road sections (so-called blackspots). These activities are expected to start in January 2019.
Lawrence Meredith, Visiting Director for Neighbourhood East at the European Commission, noted: “Improved Road networks are a key element in economic development, creating connections between people and allowing exchanges and trade both within and outside the country. This project will lay the groundwork for new and safer roads to be built throughout Georgia in the years to come.”
This project is the newest initiative of the EU and EIB’s support for the road sector in Georgia. Since 2012, over 68 km of roads on the East-West highway have been (or are being) built thanks to combined EU and EIB support.