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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.

E97 shield

Route information
Length1,360 km (850 mi)
Major junctions
North-West endKherson, Ukraine
South-East endAşkale, Turkey
Countries Ukraine
Highway system
International E-road network

Route descriptionEdit

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. The road soon passes into the territory of Crimea (annexed by Russia), where it runs from DzhankoyFeodosiyaKerch, and is then interrupted by the Strait of Kerch. The road uses the Kerch Strait ferry line between Port Krym, Ukraine and Port Kavkaz, Russia, but in 2018 the Crimean Bridge opened connecting Crimea and Russia by road (A290). However, a lack of E97 signage means either the ferry or bridge is part of its route.

In Russia, the E97 heads 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]



  Crimea (   disputed territory)

Kerch Strait





  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.