TBILISI, DFWatch — The Rikoti tunnel, which connects the western and eastern parts Georgia, will be closed from January 18 to January 30, from 20:00 in the evening until 08:00 in the morning, because of work to repair the electric system.

All types of transport will have to use the bypass road, but if the weather gets worse, repair work will be suspended and the tunnel will be reopened for traffic.

The Rikoti tunnel was also undergoing repairs during heavy snowfall one year ago, but traffic was let through in intervals in February, 2012 because the snow made it dangerous for vehicles to take the old road across the mountain pass.