In Georgia, the country’s longest 7.5-kilometer cableway was laid across the Cross Pass (Georgian Military Road), which connected the Gudauri ski resort with the village of Kobe, on the territory of Kazbegi municipality, near the border with Russia.
The project, which cost amounted to 80.9 million lari (approximately $ 30 million), was fully funded from the state budget of Georgia. "This is a unique and historical project, which is vital for the people of Kobi, Gudauri and Kazbegi, because it is the one that best understands the potential of this road, its potential for the development of the region," said Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze at the opening of the cable car.
According to him, the resort Gudauri, which a few days ago celebrated its 30th anniversary, has met this season with many innovations, but this project is of particular importance. "By implementing this project we will be able to develop the resorts of Kobi, Gudauri and Kazbegi as a single cluster," said M. Bakhtadze.
At the same time, the prime minister stressed that “the systemic problem of movement through the Cross Pass will be solved once and for all in 2023, when the construction of a nine-kilometer tunnel will be completed in this place.”
Cross pass is located at an altitude of 2379 meters above sea level. The road through the pass, which runs through the Main Caucasus Range, is in some places very narrow and passes along the edge of the cliff.