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Batumi Bypass Road Project

Project Overview

Transport plays a pivotal role in supporting Georgia’s economy. Due to its geographic location, Georgia provides the shortest transit link between Central Asia and Europe.

Development of the transport sector is therefore vital to increasing the region's economy through reduced transport costs and increased transit revenues.

Funded by the Asian Development Bank and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, the $US228m Batumi Bypass project is underway.

The Batumi Bypass Road is a significant infrastructure project due to its engineering complexity and importance for the country’s economic development, helping to improve the living conditions of local communities by providing safer and more reliable road infrastructure.

The existing road passes through major tourist and residential areas, which creates numerous disturbances for locals and visitors, such as noise, vibration and pollution. The current unsafe road conditions pose a threat to travelers with constant traffic jams on the narrow streets significantly slowing down international transit transport.

In combination with another newly constructed bypass road, Batumi Bypass Road will relieve traffic in the residential and resort area while significantly increasing the transit cargo turnover.

Located in Adjara, one of the most picturesque and touristic regions of Georgia, the 14-km, two-lane asphalt-concrete road will have 19 bridges, 4 interchanges, 5 tunnels and 57 culverts.

Our Role

SMEC has played a key role on the project since 2017 as the Technical Supervisor, with a project team of up to 40 specialists, including experienced local staff along with international experts who hold important technical positions on the project. Leveraging our global expertise, our teams ensure that the many structures of this complex project are delivered in alignment with international standards.

There are five tunnels associated with the project, the longest being 1047 m. Each tunnel is reinforced concrete lined with a finished internal diameter of 11.65 m to accommodate two lanes of highway for bidirectional traffic. Varied ground conditions have challenged the tunneling operations and the use of conventional tunneling practices. By applying engineering expertise, close supervision and technical solutions aligned to international standards, our teams have been able to effectively overcome these challenges through the application of industry-recognized techniques, sound engineering judgement and close supervision.

Technical Area:
Transport - Roads, Bridges and Highways
Roads Department of the Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia

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