New bridges to be build on Alat-Astara-Iran highway
By Sara Rajabova
The construction of new bridges in Azerbaijan on Alat-Astara-Iran highway is underway.
“Azeryolservis” ASC of Azerbaijan’s Transport Ministry reported on February 27 that work on the construction of new bridges on the road section Yenikend-Salyan, Salyan-Shorshulu, Jalilabad-Masalli will continue.
A new bridge over the Lenkeranchay River at the site of the Masalli-Astara highway has already been completed. Preparations are underway for the construction of another on the Shorshulu-Jalilabad road section.
Alat-Astara-Iran highway is considered an integral part of the transport corridor "North-South".
The investments in the construction of the International North-South Transport Corridor are projected to stand at $400 million.
In its first stage, the North-South Transport Corridor will transport an estimated 6 million metric tons of cargo per year, which capacity will increase to 15-20 million metric tons of cargo in the future.
Agreement on international transport corridor "North-South" was signed on September 12, 2000 in St. Petersburg between Russia, Iran and India. After passing the internal procedures in indicated countries, the agreement entered into force on May 21, 2002.
The agreement covers all types of transport: the transport infrastructures and transport means that provide transportation by rail, sea, road, river and air, with the exception of India, since its participation in the transportation agreement only provisions for maritime routes.
Forecasts indicated that when at full capacity, the international transport corridor "North-South" will provide European countries, Russia, Central Asia and the Caucasus access to the Persian Gulf and India, thus boosting trade volumes and opportunities. It will also promote trade relations in between Caspian littoral states and Black Sea ports. This corridor will increase railway transportation between Europe, South Asia and the Middle East, respectively, enhancing revenues throughout.