|Description of Project Outputs
Construction of a 173 km, four-lane access-controlled, toll expressway from Changde to Huaihua, including tunnels and bridges, interchanges and toll stations, and service areas.
Upgrading or improving of 517 km of local roads.
Procurement of equipment for road maintenance and safety, toll collection, surveillance and communications, tunnel ventilation and lighting, vehicle axle road testing, and environmental protection.
Provide international consulting services on construction supervision and capacity building.
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
1. The Project Expressway: civil works for the Project expressway consisted of (i) 21 ICB subgrade packages, (ii) six ICB pavement packages, (iii) 17 NCB traffic engineering packages, and (iv) four NCB packages for buildings and ancillary facilities. The project expressway has been completed and opened to traffic on trial operation basis since December 2008. The overall implementation period for the project was shortened from 48 months envisaged at appraisal to actual 40 months. Government acceptance mission for the project expressway is expected to be conducted in 2011.
2. Upgrading or Improvement of Local Roads: Of the total of nine local roads, eight local roads (383 km) financed by domestic funds were upgraded or improved from 2004 to 2007. The 135 km Zhangjiajie-Yuanling Highway financed by loan was divided into two sections to implement and was opened to traffic in 2009 and 2010 respectively.
3. Equipment: There are four equipment packages, including toll collection, surveillance, communications, tunnel lighting and ventilation system (toll and tunnel system), equipment for accident management, and maintenance equipment. Procurement of equipment for toll and tunnel system started in July 2007. Contract awards were approved in April 2008. Toll and tunnel system was installed and is now under commissioning stage. All management and maintenance equipment were delivered and operational.
4. Consulting Services and Capacity Building: An international consulting firm was engaged to provide 49 person months consulting services. The international consultant was mobilized in October 2005 and concluded services in October 2008 with cumulative inputs of 40 person months. Inputs provided cover fields as highway construction, quality control, pavement design and construction, tunnel construction, road safety, and operation and maintenance concession.
The EA has submitted its PCR report to ADB in May 2011.