Road Construction and Maintenance
Goris Stepanakert Highway
Roads and Highways
Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh Republic (NKR)
Armenia Fund US Western Region / Vahe Karapetian
Goris Stepanakert Highway, Armenia
With support from the worldwide Armenian community, Armenia Fund launched the Goris-Stepanakert Highway reconstruction project in 1995 and completed it in 1999. Prior to the construction of the Vardenis-Martakert Highway, which began in 2014, the Goris-Stepanakert Highway was the only lifeline between Armenia and NKR, and, as such, was of vital economic, social, and strategic importance to both republics. The reconstruction of the Goris-Stepanakert Highway included the building of new road turns as well as 1.5-meter roadside shoulders, resulting in a safe, fast, and comfortable means of transport.
Although the Goris-Stepanakert Highway went a long way in facilitating travel between Armenia and NKR, it was showing its age by 2005. Heavy use and NKR’s harsh winters had taken their toll on the road, necessitating major improvements.
In 2006, Armenia Fund launched the Goris-Stepanakert Highway Maintenance program, an ongoing initiative made possible by generous yearly contributions from Armenian-American philanthropist and longtime Armenia Fund Benefactor Vahe Karapetian of Los Angeles. The program comprises all types of road repairs and maintenance work, including road salting, throughout the length of the highway.
Thanks to the invaluable support of philanthropist Vahe Karapetian, Armenia Fund continues to maintain the optimal functionality of the Goris-Stepanakert Highway as a lifeline between Armenia and NKR: a major motorway that meets the highest international standards of safety and reliability, and serves as a key conduit for the ongoing socioeconomic development of the twin Armenian republics.
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