KILLER TRAFFIC JAMS AND MAYORAL PIPEDREAMS
26 September, 2015
KILLER TRAFFIC JAMS AND MAYORAL PIPEDREAMS
How is Tbilisi City Hall planning to eradicate traffic jams? This query had been sent by us precisely to the institution in question, and we received the following reply:

“Forty-five million GEL is allocated for the task of streamlining road infrastructure for the current year. Most of the project has been fulfilled. Besides, a certain sum was allotted for the City Hall within the scope of the Youth Olympic Festival for improving road infrastructure. The Tbilisi Sea area is important in
this regard – 11.5 km of road was laid there. More than a hundred streets have been fixed and the process continues.

As for the planned large-scale projects, they include the road connecting Krtsanisi and Shindisi – the design for this is currently in progress and construction will start next spring. The nearby gas pipeline was relocated in summer in order to widen the highway and allow traffic to move easier; in addition, numerous trees will be replanted in autumn. In 2016 the road will be widened, undergo massive repairs and a seven-meters-wide new road will be laid. This will decongest the Leonidze, Lermontov, Machabeli, Asatiani, Davitashvili, Amaghleba, Iashvili and adjacent streets.

There are also plans to build a road connecting Sameba Cathedral and Makhata Hill. This will be an important infrastructure project. The road from the airport to the Lochini Bridge will be modified, turning it into a two-way highway from the one-way road it is now. A tender is announced for this project.

After it is implemented, transport junctures such as as the crossing of the Kakheti highway with the Iumashev Street, the Lilo station, the Saknavti settlement and roads coming from the village of Nasaguri will be decongested.

Traffic lights at Marshal Gelovani Street will be removed, enabling the vehicles entering Tbilisi to move to the Saakadze Square without stopping. Also, a project to connect the Kakheti highway with the Tbilisi Sea is planned, ensuring free movement in this area. The amount of transit transport in Tbilisi will decrease.

Yet another important project is the full rehabilitation of Metekhi’s both tunnel complexes, which is planned for 2016.”

Author:
Rusudan Shelia
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