Sri Lanka: Eastern and North Central Provincial Road Project
Rural enterprises in Sri Lanka had cited transport as a major obstacle to starting or operating a business. Provincial roads provided essential connectivity, linking national roads, which connected consumer areas; and local roads, which connected rural agricultural production areas. Provincial roads also facilitated essential bus services, ensuring access to economic opportunities and inclusive growth.
In September 2009, the Board of Directors of the Asian Development Bank approved a $70 million Asian Development Fund loan to the government for the $78 million project aimed to improve 370 km of provincial roads in the Eastern Province and North Central Province of Sri Lanka. The expected project outputs are (i) rehabilitated and improved provincial roads and rehabilitated and replaced selected bridge links; (ii) enhanced project management capability of the Eastern Provincial Road Development Department and the North Central Provincial Road Development Authority; and (iii) improvement of the Eastern Provincial Road Development Department offices in Trincomalee and Batticaloa.
The project was completed in September 2014. A project completion report was prepared in September 2016 and is the subject of this evaluation. IED overall assessment: Successful.