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Can Georgia's new roads provide a path to prosperity?

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STORY
The tie between Georgia’s crumbling roads and its moribund economy is a link increasingly cited by the Saakashvili administration. Fix the one, and you give the other a chance for a comeback, the reasoning goes. Headlining the promised road projects is a $3.2 billion autobahn-style superhighway that would link the Black Sea port city of Poti with the Azerbaijani border –- and move Georgian transportation into the 21st century.

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PROMISES vs. RESULTS
The government has made overhauling regional transportation networks a key – and costly – priority, but how fast can policy translate into reality?

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AT A GLANCE
Population: 494,300 (2002)
Size: 6,528 sq km
Main Town: Rustavi (pop:142,000)
Average salary: 131 GEL (about $72) per month


Archaeologists have found the oldest known human remains outside of Africa in Kvemo Kartli.

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GEORGIAN VOICES
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"Everything depends on the road."

Zurab Manjagaladze,
Kiosk Owner, Samtredia (Imereti)

"The Red Bridge road could be bad. We make enough money here not to starve."

Giuri Labadze, Craftsman,
Shrosha (Imereti)

"The new road will be very bad for us; there will be less traffic."

Natela Labadze,
Small Business Owner, Shrosha (Imereti)