Georgia: Secondary Road Improvement Project

Sovereign Project | 46375-001

Summary

The technical assistance is needed to determine the feasibility of quickly improving the road subject to the budget and time available, and the socio economic and environmental benefits of the project.

The project will have three main outputs:

(i) Improved road from Dzirula to Chumateleti, about 50 km in length;

(ii) Improved access to the railway stations adjacent to the improved road; and

(iii) Geographic information system.

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Project Name Secondary Road Improvement Project
Project Number 46375-001
Country Georgia
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8411-GEO: Secondary Road Improvement Project
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change
Sector / Subsector

Transport - Road transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Description

The technical assistance is needed to determine the feasibility of quickly improving the road subject to the budget and time available, and the socio economic and environmental benefits of the project.

The project will have three main outputs:

(i) Improved road from Dzirula to Chumateleti, about 50 km in length;

(ii) Improved access to the railway stations adjacent to the improved road; and

(iii) Geographic information system.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The road condition is very poor and is sparsely used at present (about 4 vehicles per day in some parts). Most parts will require complete reconstruction. Background information and technical and social data needed to make this determination with a high level of certainty are scarce. They have to be either collected or obtained from archived records, and carefully examined to avoid the significant errors in estimated costs and construction times in past and on-going projects. This assistance will, therefore, provide a platform for developing a geographic information system to compile and use data for project preparation, road design, construction, maintenance and operation. It will be the first instance that technology will be used in the road subsector in Georgia for managing social and environmental issues that are continuing to delay road projects. Additionally, the best operation and maintenance mechanisms must be included in the project design to ensure sustainability of the investment. The government will soon procure maintenance of selected secondary roads under a performance-based contract as an experiment. This TA will enable the government to determine the most suitable method of sourcing maintenance works for the project based on this experiment's results and other on-going activities.
Impact
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Kharagauli
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design

The project will largely benefit the local population, the majority of who are subsistence farmers. Other beneficiaries include the tourists that can better access the vast array of historical monuments, including churches and monasteries, and businesses (tourism, dairy products, hardwood, mineral water). Households subjected to IR may be negatively affected in the short run, but are likely to also benefit from the improved access. All stakeholders will participate in the project design through consultation sessions, facilitated through the local authorities.

The project will be designed to maximize employment opportunities for the local population. Such opportunities will be identified through consultations and incorporated into the project design.

Travel patterns of the poor will be studied carefully during project preparation, and features will be developed which will ensure that the poor will directly benefit from the project. For example, the project will consider ways in which non-motorized transport users (pedestrians and those on animal-driven carriages/sleds) as well as those using public transport can fully benefit from the rehabilitated road.

During Project Implementation Since the project involves involuntary land acquisition, community-based organizations, affected people and/or any other stakeholders should be consulted during design stage. In addition, while there are no known CSOs operating in the area, the PPTA will further screen and identify any CSOs and ways of collaboration to maximize project outcomes and impact.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services PPTA implementation started in April 2014 and will end in June 2015. An international consulting firm was selected to undertake studies on the socio economic and environmental benefits and the technical feasibility of improving the road with the given budget. Consulting services inputs consists of 22 person months international, and 28 person months national. Scope of services includes study on (i) economics and finance; (ii) highway, structural and geotechnical engineering and maintenance; (iii) social development and resettlement; (iv) environment (v) computer aided design; (vi) geographic information systems; (vii) hydrology; and (viii) geodetics. An individual international consultant will be recruited for the external review of TA consultant's outputs.
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
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 30 Jul 2013
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 25 Mar 2015

TA 8411-GEO

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
30 Jul 2013 22 Aug 2013 22 Aug 2013 01 Sep 2014 30 Jun 2015 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,000,000.00 0.00 200,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,200,000.00 30 Jul 2013 414,978.88

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