Project Name Roads Network Improvement
Project Number 28331-013
Country Sri Lanka
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Strategic Agendas
Drivers of Change
Sector / Subsector

Transport - Road transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming

The objective of Bank assistance is to modernize and

streamline sector policies and institutional capacity to enable the effective planning and management of the entire road network to meet the needs of the growing economy. The Project will provide investment finance and advisory services to improve part of the high-priority national road infrastructure as well as the upgrading of the private construction industry. The scope of the proposed Project will include (i) improvement

of geometric alignment and pavement strengthening (Option 1) of about 189 kms of Class A and B roads, (ii) pavement strengthening only (Option 2) of about 156 km of Class A and B roads, (iii) rehabilitation and/or widening of 47 bridges, (iv) construction supervision, (v) capacity building in the local road construction industry, and (vi) engineering studies for the Southern Transport Corridor Project. (Piggybacked to this loan is Reengineering of Road Sector Institutions technical assistance).

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The Government's development goals are economic growth and poverty reduction. The roads to be improved under the Project link major centers of population with each other and with the Colombo metropolitan area, providing access to areas where export-oriented agricultural and industrial activities take place. Improvements to these roads will reduce transport bottlenecks which are presently constraining economic development.

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Western, Central, Southern, and Northern Provinces

Safeguard Categories

Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services About 165 person-months of international consulting services and 750 person-months of domestic consulting services will be required for Project supervision. In addition, consulting services will be required to assist in the development of the local road construction industry through the provision of on-site advice to contractors and through formal training programs relating to technical and financial management. These services will require about 130 person-months of international consulting services and 40 person-months of domestic consulting services.
Procurement The five largest civil works packages for road improvement works will be procured through international competitive bidding, while the rest of the contracts for improvement works and all of the contracts for pavement strengthening works will be carried through local competitive bidding. Procurement of civil works will be carried out in two phases.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer ADB Disclosure
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Sri Lanka Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Road Development Authority
Mr. W A S Weerasinghe
No. 74, Kaduwela Road, Battaramulla, Sri Lanka


Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding 07 Mar 1998 to 02 Apr 1998
MRM 15 Jun 1998
Approval 08 Dec 1998
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 02 Feb 2007
Last PDS Update 16 Apr 2010

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