Russia modernizes the Upper Lars checkpoint

ArmInfo. Russia begins reconstruction of the Upper Lars checkpoint. The reconstruction of the Upper Lars checkpoint on the border with  Georgia will be completed by 2023 within the framework of the  international cooperation...

Russia modernizes the Upper Lars checkpoint
ArmInfo. Russia begins reconstruction of the Upper Lars checkpoint. The reconstruction of the Upper Lars checkpoint on the border with  Georgia will be completed by 2023 within the framework of the  international cooperation and export national project. In 2021,  almost 2 billion rubles will be allocated for the modernization of  the checkpoint. "Work on the reconstruction of the Upper Lars  checkpoint - the design and estimate documentation is under  examination, which should be completed in September. Construction and  installation work is planned to begin in 2021. According to  preliminary estimates, 1.9 billion rubles should be allocated for  2021," the press service of the regional road management committee  told TASS, noting that the completion of this work is scheduled for  2022.  Currently, the checkpoint is working in an extremely intense  mode - with a design capacity of about 4 thousand people a day, more  than 13 thousand people cross the border. The actual capacity for  passenger cars is more than 15 times the design capacity, and for  trucks - three times. In addition to reconstruction, it is necessary  to build a new inspection and inspection complex and expand the  roadway from two to four lanes in order to distribute traffic flows  by type of vehicle. "The best way is to introduce an electronic  control ticket system, as well as to create a comfortable waiting  area in front of a checkpoint with the introduction of an electronic  queue system," the press service explained, specifying that this will  help avoid traffic jams at the border. "Kazbegi - Upper Lars" is the  only checkpoint on the Georgian-Russian border. To recall, the only land route connecting Armenia with Russia runs  through the Upper Lars checkpoint.  Problems with the accumulation of  trucks in the winter season, and passenger cars in the summer,  associated with both the throughput of the customs point and ice,  rainstorms and landslides on the Mtskheta-Stepantsminda-Lars highway,  have become the "everyday life" of Armenian carriers. In this regard,  in parallel, there are talks about the prospect of opening an  alternative road.