Georgia: Road Corridor Investment Program - Tranche 1

Sovereign Project | 41122-023

Summary

The project comprises (i) construction of a new 28 km two-lane bypass road skirting the city of Kobuleti, and widening of 6 km of the the existing two-lane road between Kobuleti and Batumi to four lanes; (ii) strengthening the asset management capacity of the Roads Department; and (iii) improving road safety.

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Road Corridor Investment Program - Tranche 1 Jun 2013

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Project Name Road Corridor Investment Program - Tranche 1
Project Number 41122-023
Country Georgia
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 2560-GEO: Road Corridor Investment Program - Project 1
Asian Development Fund US$ 118.80 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Transport - Road transport (non-urban) - Transport policies and institutional development

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description The project comprises (i) construction of a new 28 km two-lane bypass road skirting the city of Kobuleti, and widening of 6 km of the the existing two-lane road between Kobuleti and Batumi to four lanes; (ii) strengthening the asset management capacity of the Roads Department; and (iii) improving road safety.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The development of subregional multi-corridors supports the Government's objective of exploiting Georgia's locational advantage as a transit hub for the Caucasus and for Euro-Asia road transport, particularly by providing a more efficient route for Turkey- and Armenia-realted traffic. It will ensure Government's new strategic vision of the transport network security as well. Efficiently functioning multi-corridors will reduce the cost of subregional and international transport, benefiting both the local economy and the economy of the subregion, and thereby stimulating the development of Euro-Asia trade links. The subregional multi-corridors also serve as principal domestic corridors linking the major cities, ports and tourist centers, and their development will enhance economic growth through more efficient passenger and freight transport, while enhancing safety.The MFF will help the Government achieve its sector roadmap to develop subregional road multi-corridors, particularly focusing on alternative cross-border routes connecting surrounding South Caucasus countries and Turkey.
Impact Increase in subregional trade and tourism revenue
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Improvement of the subregional road network
Progress Toward Outcome Travel time between Kobuleti to Batumi has already been lowered by about 15 minutes after the opening of the first part of the road of about 12 km.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

A 33.6 km two-lane bypass road detouring Kobuleti

Strengthening of asset management capacity

Improvement of road safety

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

Works ongoing. 12.4 km of the Kobuleti Bypass and 17 km of access roads are open to traffic since October 2013.

RD has started to prepare plans to address the immediate training needs and long-term needs identified in the long-term human resource development plan, which the EIB is preparing for MORDI. The RD agreed to fully implement these plans by end of October 2015.

Safety audits are expected to start in June 2015 and measures to correct balckspots identified in the audit will be implemented by 31 December 2016.

RD will arrange a study tour to learn more about the PBM modality from the ongoing World Bank pilot project before using the resources allocated for PBM.

Geographical Location Adjara
Safeguard Categories
Environment A
Involuntary Resettlement A
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects

An environmental assessment and review framework for the Investment Program was prepared and Tranche 1 is a Category A project. An environmental impact assessment was prepared, and summary EIA circulated to the Board and was publicly disclosed through the ADB website on 29 May 2009. The EIA concluded that the overall environmental impact of Project 1 would be both positive and negative, and that the negative impact could be minimized by adequate mitigation measures included in the EMP.

The revised EIA for Kobuleti bypass road km 12+400 to km 31+259 was posted on ADB website on 17 Sep 2012.

Monitoring reports for the period 1 January to 30 June 2015 will be disclosed on the ADB website by 5 August 2015.

Involuntary Resettlement

Project 1 entails substantial land acquisition during construction of the Kobuleti bypass, and, hence, is considered a Category A project.

All required land has been acquired and compensation has been paid to affected persons in the section from about km 0 to 24 and km 30 to 33 of the project road. The compliance reports are posted at the ADB website. About 20 land lots have to be expropriated. This will be done by September 2015.

Indigenous Peoples Project 1 is classified as Category C.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Two types of consultations were conducted, (i) stakeholder consultation, and (b) public consultation. Stakeholder consultations were performed mainly with selected individuals and organizations with professional expertise in assessing various impacts of road projects at the national and provincial levels. The public consultations were conducted in Batumi with various stakeholders including the representatives from the affected community. The consultation involved a wide range of participants representing affected people, community leaders, civil society, NGOs, environmental professionals, and central and regional government officials. The stakeholder consultations were held in Tbilisi and Batumi in March, April and June 2009. The objective was to share information on the project and obtain feedback on its design.
During Project Implementation Stakeholder participation and consultation is continuing. The Roads Department has consultants to regularly monitor the activities of the contractor in relation to the LARP and EMP, to coordinate with the local governments, and ensure that the grievance redress mechanism is properly functioning. An independent external monitor conducts biannual consultations with local people and reports to RD and ADB. A greivance redress mechanism is in place and RD has appointed two field officers for regular consultation with the communities and other parties and report the outcomes to ADB through the monthly progress reports. The environmental and soial monitoring reports are disclosed on the ADB website.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services

Project 1 requires a total of 1,330 person-months (230 international and 1,100 national) of services from consulting firms for detailed design, construction supervision, and project monitoring and evaluation; (ii) 31 person-months (11 international and 20 national) for road safety; and (iii) 243 person-months (55 international and 188 national) for RD's capacity development.

The detailed design consultants have completed the services on 30 April 2012. The construction supervision consultants commenced work on 8 February 2011. Individual consultants have been engaged to assist the Roads Department with project implementation, safeguards monitoring and capacity development. Activities for the capacity development component are being finalized.

Procurement

Procurement activities were carried out following ADB's Procurement Guidelines.

The first civil works contract under Lot 1 (km 0 to 12.4 and km 30 to 33) was awarded 26 November 2010. All works have been completed on 30 June 2014 (except for the 165 meters near km 32). The second contract under Lot 2 (km 12.4 to km 30) was awarded in December 2012. Progress as of end of July 2014 is about 26% of the total value of works, which is about 78% of the programmed works.

Responsible ADB Officer Prianka Seneviratne
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies
Road Dept-Min.of Reg. Devt. and Infrastructure12 Khazbegi Str. 0160 Tbilisi
Georgia
GeorgiaIrakli Litanishviliroaddepirakli@yahoo.comGeorgia
Timetable
Concept Clearance 29 May 2009
Fact Finding 01 Jun 2009 to 12 Jun 2009
MRM 16 Mar 2011
Approval 06 Oct 2009
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 04 Jun 2009
Last PDS Update 28 Jul 2015

Loan 2560-GEO

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
06 Oct 2009 29 Oct 2009 01 Dec 2009 30 Jun 2014 31 Dec 2015 -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 148.90 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 118.80 06 Oct 2009 115.19 0.00 99%
Counterpart 30.10 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 06 Oct 2009 111.35 0.00 96%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - - - Satisfactory - Satisfactory

Safeguard Documents

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Title Document Type Document Date
Road Corridor Investment Program - Tranches 1 and 3: Construction Supervision of Kobuleti Bypass Road Biannual Environmental Monitoring Report (January-June 2015) Environmental Monitoring Reports Aug 2015
Road Corridor Investment Program - Tranches 1 and 3: Construction Supervision of Kobuleti Bypass Road Biannual Environmental Monitoring Report (July-December 2014) Environmental Monitoring Reports Feb 2015
Road Corridor Investment Program - Tranches 1 and 3: LARP Implementation Progress Report Social Monitoring Reports Jan 2015
Road Corridor Investment Program - Tranches 1 and 3 (Kobuleti Bypass Road Section 2): Updated Environmental Impact Assessment Environmental Impact Assessments Sep 2014
Road Corridor Investment Program - Tranche 1: Bi-Annual Environmental Assessment Report (July-December 2013) Environmental Monitoring Reports Dec 2013
Road Corridor Investment Program - Tranches 1 and 3: Construction Supervision of Kobuleti Bypass Road: Environmental Monitoring Report (July-December 2013) Environmental Monitoring Reports Dec 2013
Road Corridor Investment Program - Tranche 1 and Tranche 3 (Additional Financing): Final Compliance Report (Segment B of Section 2: Kobuleti Bypass Road) Social Monitoring Reports Sep 2013
Road Corridor Investment Program - Tranche 1: Bi-Annual Environmental Assessment Report (January-June 2013) Environmental Monitoring Reports Sep 2013
Road Corridor Investment Program–Tranche 1 and Tranche 3 (Additional Financing) Social Monitoring Reports May 2013
Road Corridor Investment Program - Tranche 1: Bi-Annual Environmental Assessment Report (December 2012) Environmental Monitoring Reports Dec 2012
Road Corridor Investment Program - Project 1: Supervision of the Construction of Bypass Roads around Batumi and Kobuleti for Tranche 1 - km0-km33 Environmental Monitoring Reports Aug 2012
Road Corridor Investment Program Social Monitoring Reports Sep 2011
Road Corridor Investment Program Social Monitoring Reports Jul 2011
Road Corridor Investment Program Social Monitoring Reports Jun 2011
Road Corridor Investment Program - Tranche 1 (Kobuleti Section of Contract 1 (km 4.7-km 12.4 and km 31-km 33)) Resettlement Planning Documents May 2011
Road Corridor Investment Program - Tranche 1 (Ozurgeti Section of Contract 1 (km 0-km 4.7) under Guria Region) Resettlement Planning Documents Nov 2010
Road Corridors Development Program Resettlement Plans Jul 2009

Evaluation Documents

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