ArmInfo. Construction work on the Tatev-Aghavni road is planned to be fully completed by autumn of the current year. Minister of Territorial Administration and Infrastructures Gnel Sanosyan stated this on June 15 during a government hour in parliament, answering a question from Armen Khachatryan, a MP from the ruling "Civil Contract" faction.
The MP, in particular, inquired about the reasons for the poor condition of this road.
In this regard, the minister pointed to the presence of a number of objective reasons, one of which is the difficult topography of this section of the road and the condition of the soil. In addition, the construction of one of the three sections of the road was planned to begin before the other two sections. The road was not intended for heavy cargo transportation, so instead of two-layer asphalting, three-layer asphalting was planned. According to Sanosyan, the remaining two sections had to be repaired in a fairly short time, and in parallel with traffic and under adverse weather conditions. For these reasons, the work was not completed to the end, in particular, the last layer of asphalt was not laid. "The shortcomings are eliminated one by one, two construction companies on two sections of the road have one kilometer left to eliminate the shortcomings and lay the third layer of asphalt, another company delivers equipment to eliminate the shortcomings on its section of the road," the minister said.
He refuted the rumors that the road had collapsed yesterday, saying that it had only been closed for a few hours to transport a large-diameter pipe.