Armenia: North-South Road Corridor Investment Program - Tranche 1

Sovereign Project | 42145-023 Status: Active

Summary

ADB is helping Armenia upgrade its main road corridor as part of a broader thrust to promote regional cooperation and trade in the Caucasus and Central Asia. The first project under the program will reconstruct an 18-kilometer section of the road corridor between the capital city Yerevan and Ashtarak, and improve safety of the road between Yerevan and Ararat.

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Project Name North-South Road Corridor Investment Program - Tranche 1
Project Number 42145-023
Country Armenia
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 2561-ARM: North-South Road Corridor Investment Program - Project 1
Asian Development Fund US$ 60.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Transport - Road transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome ADB review missions are being fielded regularly to resolve all outstanding project implementation issues. The most recent mission was fielded on 2-9 December 2015 to (i) assess the progress of the loan and status of withdrawal applications; (ii) review the 2016 program for works and other new activities; and (iii) review the concrete test data and the progress of the supervision manual preparation.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) Civil works contract was awarded in April 2012 and project management consultant's contract (financed under Tranche 2) in May 2012. The works are nearly completed and the road was opened to traffic on 29 December 2015. Taking over the site will be on 13 June 2016.
Geographical Location Yerevan, Ashtarak, Ararat

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects

An environmental assessment and review framework (EARF) covering environment safeguard tasks for the Investment Program in compliance with national laws and ADB's Environment Policy (2002) has been prepared and was approved by the Government.

The environmental classification for the Tranche 1 Project is category B. An initial environmental examination (IEE) was carried out in accordance with ADB's Environment Policy and Environmental Assessment Guidelines (2003). Regular environmental monitoring is carried out according to the environmental management plan and the bi-annual monitoring reports are disclosed.

Involuntary Resettlement

A land acquisition and resettlement framework (LARF) regulating land acquisition and resettlement activities for the Investment Program in compliance with national laws and ADB's Involuntary Resettlement Policy (1995) has been prepared and was approved by the Government.

The resettlement classification of the Tranche 1 Project is C. Civil works will entail the improvement of an existing four-lane highway and will take place within the existing right-of-way or on unused state-owned land. No relocation of households or acquisition of productive land is expected. Borrow pits or quarries are also available in the state-owned empty land, within easy access and away from residential areas. Impacts during construction have been mitigated and the grievance redress mechanism continues to be an effective means of consultation.

Indigenous Peoples Indigenous people: Category C - In Armenia there are no groups with characteristics fitting the definition of indigenous people of ADB's Policy on Indigenous Peoples (1998). Therefore, the entire Investment Program and all tranche projects will be categorized as C for impact on indigenous people.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design

The concerned stakeholders are grouped into (i) project sponsors - a central government represented by the ministries of economy (MOE), finance (MOF), and transport and communications (MOTC); (ii) regional administrations of the five marzpetaran (regional subdivision) where the road corridor lies, (iii) community leaders and councils of Avagani (council of elderly), (iv) community members, land owners and road users, (v) international organizations working in the project areas, (vi) local and international NGOs , and other donor/funding organizations.

These groups were consulted through interviews, group discussions, questionnaires and surveys to identify and incorporate their individual concerns in the project and overall program design and subsequent implementation with regard to detailed engineering designs, social development, resettlement and environment related issues.

During Project Implementation A grievance redress mechanism for resettlement, managing environment, and addressing concerns of the road users, communities and other project stakeholders is in place. Public consultation is on-going. The project management unit and the supervision consultant have full-time specialists that monitor and report performance to ADB.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services A total of 72 person-months of international consulting services and 174 person-months of national consulting services were recruited for Construction Supervision and preparation of Tranches 2 and 3 Projects. Individual national and international consultatants to assist the project management unit of the ministry of transport and communications in project monitoring, contract administration and strategy development have been engaged according ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants. No further consulting services are expected to be financed from Tranche 1.
Procurement The ADB-financed works was procured according to ADB''s Procurement Guidelines. The Ministry of Transport and Communication and ADB have agreed that civil works under Tranche 1 and Tranche 2 will be combined in one contract with three sections, comprising reconstruction and improvement of the M1 Ashtarak to Talin road from km 29+600 to km 71+500 (Section 1), M2 Yerevan to Ararat road from km 9+312 to km 47+400 (Section 2) and M1 Yerevan to Ashtarak road from km 18+370 to km 29+773 (Section 3). The Government used international competitive bidding with post qualification and one-stage-one-envelope bidding procedure. The Contract was awarded in April 2012. No further works contracts are anticipated.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Jiangbo Ning
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Transport & Communication
G.GRIGORYAN@TRACECA.AM
Nalbandyan Str.
PO Box 69, 0010
Yerevan, Armenia

Timetable

Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 31 Jul 2009
Last PDS Update 31 Mar 2016

Loan 2561-ARM

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
06 Oct 2009 12 Oct 2009 24 Feb 2010 30 Jun 2014 30 Jun 2017 -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 70.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 60.00 06 Oct 2009 56.18 0.00 98%
Counterpart 10.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 06 Oct 2009 57.04 0.00 100%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - - Satisfactory - - Satisfactory
Title Document Type Document Date
North-South Road Corridor Investment Program - Tranche 1: Procurement Plan Procurement Plans Jun 2016
Amendment to the Loan Agreement for North-South Road Corridor Investment Program - Project 1 between the Republic of Armenia and the Asian Development Bank Loan Agreement (Special Operations) Jun 2015
Amendment to Loan Agreement for North-South Road Corridor Investment Program - Project 1 Loan Agreement (Special Operations) Mar 2014
North-South Road Corridor Development Program Facility Administration Manual Jan 2013
North-South Road Corridor Development Program Facility Administration Manual Nov 2011
North-South Road Corridor Investment Program: Due Diligence Report - HIV/AIDS Documents Produced Under Grant/Loans/TA Jul 2011
Amendment to Framework Financing Agreement Framework Financing Agreement for North-South Road Corridor Investment Program between the Republic of Armenia and Asian Development Bank for the North-South Road Corridor Investment Program - Project 1 Framework Financing Agreement May 2011
Amendments to the Loan Agreement for North-South Road Corridor Investment Program - Project 1 between the Republic of Armenia and Asian Development Bank dated 3 May 2011 Loan Agreement (Special Operations) May 2011
North-South Road Corridor Development Program (Tranche 1) Design and Monitoring Frameworks Jul 2010
North-South Road Corridor Investment Program - Tranche 1 Facility Administration Manual Oct 2009
Loan Agreement for North-South Road Corridor Investment Program - Project 1 between Armenia and Asian Development Bank dated 12 October 2009 Loan Agreement (Special Operations) Oct 2009
North-South Road Corridor Investment Program Reports and Recommendations of the President Sep 2009

Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards

Safeguard documents provided at the time of project/facility approval may also be found in the list of linked documents provided with the Report and Recommendation of the President.

Title Document Type Document Date
North-South Road Corridor Investment Program - Tranches 1 and 2: Biannual Environmental Monitoring Report (July-December 2015) Environmental Monitoring Reports Feb 2016
North-South Road Corridor Investment Program - Tranches 1 and 2: Biannual Environmental Monitoring Report (January-June 2015) Environmental Monitoring Reports Jun 2015
North-South Road Corridor Investment Program - Tranche 1: Environmental Management Plan Environmental Management Plans Jun 2015
North-South Road Corridor Investment Program, Tranches 1 and 2: Bi-annual Environmental Monitoring Report (July-December 2014) Environmental Monitoring Reports Jan 2015
North-South Road Corridor Investment Program, Tranches 1 and 2: Bi-annual Environmental Monitoring Report (January-June 2014) Environmental Monitoring Reports Jul 2014
North-South Road Corridor Investment Program, Tranches 1 and 2: Bi-annual Environmental Monitoring Report (July-December 2013) Environmental Monitoring Reports Jan 2014
North-South Road Corridor Investment Program, Tranches 1 and 2: Bi-annual Environmental Monitoring Report (January-June 2013) Environmental Monitoring Reports Aug 2013
North-South Road Corridor Investment Program, Tranches 1 and 2: Bi-annual Environmental Monitoring Report (July-December 2012) Environmental Monitoring Reports Feb 2013
North-South Road Corridor Investment Program, Tranches 1, 2 and 3: Bi-annual Environmental Monitoring Report (January-June 2012) Environmental Monitoring Reports Feb 2013
North-South Road Corridor Investment Program, Tranches 1 and 2: Bi-annual Environmental Monitoring Report (July-December 2011) Environmental Monitoring Reports Nov 2012
Preparing the North-South Road Corridor Development Program (Tranche 1 Roads Improvement Project-Two Road Sections: Yerevan to Ashtarak and Yerevan to Ararat) Environmental Assessment and Measures Nov 2011
North-South Road Corridor Investment Program, Tranches 1 and 2: Bi-annual Environmental Monitoring Report (January-June 2011) Environmental Monitoring Reports Oct 2011

Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

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