Construction of Vardenis-Martakert Highway to be completed by late 2016The second phase of the construction of the Vardenis-Martakert Highway is underway. The large-scale project is being implemented by the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund, with proceeds from its 2013 and 2014 Thanksgiving-Day Telethons, and additional financial support from the governments of Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh. Slated to be completed by the end of 2016, the project will continue to be carried out by the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund in tandem with its strategic and numerous other development and assistance projects.
The highway’s construction, including the reconstruction of existing stretches of road which were too narrow and had fallen into disrepair, is being performed simultaneously by five road-construction companies for optimal efficiency and on-time delivery. Toward this goal, their work has been divided into 12 highway segments. The close to 116-kilometer highway has a width of ten or more meters, seven meters of which will comprise paved surfaces for traffic. In the course of the past year, crews have performed earthwork and installed engineering systems and fittings including drainage grates and pipes, embankments, crash barriers, and retaining walls. In addition, a total of 17 big and small bridges along the route were built or refurbished. Currently sections of the highway are being asphalted and sidewalks are being built in stretches which pass through communities, especially those of Getavan and Yeghegnut.
To ensure the highest possible asphalt quality, components such as gravel, sand, and other organic matter sourced from various areas as well as finished asphalt specimens are periodically being lab-tested.
As of November 1, 2015, more than 49 kilometers of the highway have been paved with two layers of asphalt. Today earthwork is being performed in the remaining segments of the route. Work will continue as long as average daytime temperatures remain around 10 degrees Celsius (50 degrees Fahrenheit). During winter, various preparatory activities and maintenance will be performed. These will include stocking of gravel, sand, and other key materials, repairs and maintenance of asphalt and road-construction machinery and equipment, as well as acquisition of new equipment as needed, in preparation of resuming construction work next spring. During the entire course of the project so far, the route has remained open to car traffic.
When completed, the Vardenis-Martakert Highway will not only function as an additional lifeline between northern Armenia and northern Artsakh, significantly cutting down travel times, but will also strengthen links between communities and boost the overall economies and specifically tourism industries of the twin republics. The highway will also provide travelers with unprecedented ease to visit historic and cultural sites and enjoy the natural beauty of our homeland.
In recent years, the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund has implemented several infrastructure and community-development projects in towns and villages near the Vardenis-Martakert Highway. Thanks to these projects, Karvachar and Getavan now enjoy normal access to water, while Chapar, Verin Horatagh, and Vaghuhas have new schools. Currently the fund is building multifunctional community centers in Getavan and Kochoghut.
The Vardenis-Martakert Highway will pave the way for new socio-economic infrastructures which will improve the daily lives of local communities. Moreover, it will create business opportunities and boost general community development, providing villagers with stable incomes and helping raise living standards.
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