European route E97

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E97 shield

E97 south of Turkey-Georgia border
Route information
Length: 1,360 km (850 mi)
Countries: Ukraine, Russia, Georgia, Turkey
Highway system

International E-road network

E96 E98

European route E 97 is an A-class European Route in Ukraine, Russia, Georgia, and Turkey. The highway runs for 1,360 kilometres (850 mi) in total.[1] It connects the North Black Sea region with the South Black Sea region along the eastern shores of the sea.

Route description[edit]

The E97 has its start in Ukrainian city of Kherson and proceeds to Georgian city of Poti, intersected by a number of European routes. From Khershon it proceeds along M17 highway (Ukraine) (Kherson – DzhankoyFeodosiyaKerch), and then it is interrupted by passage across the Strait of Kerch by the Kerch Strait ferry line between Port Krym and Port Kavkaz, Russia. Further on, the route switches to the federal motorway A290 highway (Russia). Construction of Kerch Strait Bridge is planned to span the strait and replace the ferry link.[2] In Russia, the E97 to Novorossiysk, along the M4 to Dzhubga and finally via the M27 motorway to resort city of Sochi, site of the 2014 Winter Olympics. Further south, the route proceeds through Georgia, spanning cities of Sukhumi, Poti and Batumi before reaching Turkish border. From there, it extends to Trabzon, Gümüşhane and Aşkale, where the E97 terminates. Between Trabzon and Poti, the E97 is concurrent with the easternmost segment of the European route E70.[1]


Country Location km Roads intersected Notes
Ukraine Kherson 0 E58/M14 E97 follows the M24
Dnipro Bridge
Crimea (disputed territory) Dzhankoy E105/
Aivazovska M17 E97 transitions to the M17
Krym Ferry / International border
Russia Ferry Krym - Kavkaz
Verkhnebakanskij E115/A146 Route to Novorossiysk
Novorossiysk E115/M4 E97 transitions to the M4
Dzhubga E592/M4/M27 E97 transitions to the M27
RussiaGeorgia VeselojeKheivani International border
Georgia Poti E70 Route to Trabzon
GeorgiaTurkey BatumiHopa International border
Turkey Trabzon E70
Aşkale 1360 E80
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b Inland Transport Committee (March 28, 2008). "European Agreement on Main International Traffic Arteries (AGR)" (PDF). United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. Retrieved August 8, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Azarov creates group for bridging the Kerch Strait". Kyiv Post. Interfax-Ukraine. August 9, 2010. Retrieved August 15, 2011.