Vardenis-Martakert Highway Set to Open in 2016

The Vardenis-Martakert Highway (marked in white) will connect to the Goris-Stepanakert and North-South highways (red), built in previous years with telethon funds.
The Vardenis-Martakert Highway (marked in white) will connect to the Goris-Stepanakert and North-South highways (red), built in previous years with telethon funds.

The Vardenis-Martakert Highway (marked in white) will connect to the Goris-Stepanakert and North-South highways (red), built in previous years with telethon funds.

YEREVAN (Arka)—The construction of the Vardenis-Martakert highway connecting Armenia with Artsakh will be completed by early 2016, Ara Vardanyan, the executive director of Hayastan Pan-Armenian Fund, told reporters Wednesday on the sidelines of the 24th meeting of the Fund’s Board of Trustees in Yerevan.

The 116-kilometer-long road link, which began to be constructed in 2011, will run from the northern Karabakh town of Martakert to Vardenis in eastern Armenia through the Karvachar district. It will be the second road between Armenia and Karabakh built with the financial assistance of the Armenian Diaspora.

The construction is being financed by Hayastan All-Armenia Fund that raised $12.4 million in donations in the 2014 telethon.

The Fund has implemented over $260 million worth of infrastructure projects in Armenia and Artsakh since its establishment in 1992. Its current Board of Trustees is headed by President Serzh Sarkisian, comprising also other senior Armenian state officials, head of the Armenian Church Catholicos Karekin II as well as prominent representatives of Armenian communities around the world.

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