The Tumanyan-Bagratashen Section of the M6 Interstate Road is Being Renovated

The Tumanyan-Bagratashen Section of the M6 Interstate Road is Being Renovated

After a short break due to the new coronavirus infection, the construction of the second section of M6 interstate road is already restarted (Tumanyan-Bagratashen customs checkpoint, 51.74 km). The section connects Armenia with Georgia.

The road M6 Vanadzor-Alaverdi-Georgian border starts from Vanador city, crossing 33 communities of Lori and Tavush marzes of RA, and reaches Bagratashen customs checkpoint. The first stage of reconstruction of this 90 km long interstate road was completed on December 24, 2018․Tumanyan-Bagratashen customs checkpoint (51.74 km) is currently being renovated with the co-financing of the Asian Development Bank (44.04M EUR) and Armenian government (10.14M EUR). This road of interstate significance, serving more than 3 dozen communities, was in a desperate condition and was of great inconvenience to drivers and passengers travelling from Armenia to Georgia. In spring, after the snow and rain, the danger of rockslides and collapses increases, which was taken into consideration as well. The works include also construction of retaining walls and drainage system.

Road reconstruction works are carried out in 3 sections with the involvement of 3 contractors. The works in the sections are carried out by the following companies: Tumanyan-Sanahin Station - Horizon 95 LLC; Sanahin Station – Haghpat - AAB Project LLC; Haghpat - Bagratashen customs checkpoint - Suardi JSC.

8 bridges will be repaired at Tumanyan-Bagratashen customs checkpoint, including 2 bridges in Alaverdi, that serve the route of Vanadzor-Alaverdi interstate road. One of the bridges was built in 1961 and another in 1989. The need to build the second bridge in Alaverdi arose due to the emergency condition of the old bridge. And yet, all these years the old bridge was being used.

The completion of M6 “Vanadzor-Alaverdi-Georgian border” interstate road reconstruction is scheduled for November 2020․