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Fiji: Third Road Upgrading (Sector) Project (supplementary loan)

Sovereign (Public) Project | 28261-023 Status: Closed

The Asian Development Bank is working with Fiji and private companies to make road transport more efficient. The project is upgrading of about 100 km of gravel roads; repairing and strengthening 80 km of sealed roads; and improving road safety features.

Project Details

Project Officer
King, Grace Pacific Department Request for information
  • Fiji
  • Transport
Project Name Third Road Upgrading (Sector) Project (supplementary loan)
Project Number 28261-023
Country Fiji
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 2514-FIJ: Third Road Upgrading (Sector) Project (supplementary loan)
Ordinary capital resources US$ 26.80 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Transport / Road transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements

The original Project was aimed at helping the Government to (i) improve the efficiency of road sector services and increase private sector participation, and (ii) improve the management of road assets and sector resources. The intent was to reduce transport sector constraints on economic development, and thus improve the economic returns on transport infrastructure. Support for asset management was to help integrate transport sector planning and macroeconomic planning.

The principal components of the Project (the scope will not change under the supplementary financing) were as follows:

i) Civil works for the upgrading of about 100 km of gravel roads selected from among the 19 roads identified under FRUP III; (ii) Civil works for the rehabilitation of roads and the strengthening of about 80 km of sealed pavements; (iii) Civil works for road safety improvements in road infrastructure under the Fiji Road Safety Action Plan; (iv) The procurement of specialized road maintenance and laboratory equipment; and (v) Consulting services, as follows: (a) Detailed engineering work and construction supervision for road upgrading subprojects; (b) Support for the project management unit (PMU), provided by a project management engineer, a local liaison officer, and an accountant; (c) Strengthening of the technical services of the Public Works Department; and (d) Asset management and engineering support for road rehabilitation subprojects.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy Land transport is the dominant form of transport in the Fiji Islands. While the road network is largely complete, a large proportion still consists of low-standard gravel roads, where the vehicle operating costs are high. These roads impede socioeconomic development, lengthen travel time, and cause damage to transported goods. They are inadequate for current traffic loads. Traffic volume is increasing and heavy vehicles are damaging the roads. Upgrading the roads will expand the income-generating opportunities, particularly for small-scale dairy, fruit, and vegetable farmers, and reduce transport costs. The population will benefit from faster and less costly transportation to health and educational services.
Impact Economic and social development; hardship and poverty reduction
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Improved access to services and markets
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs Upgrading of Kings and Lodoni Roads
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) Out of the five ADB-financed contracts, three are now completed, and two are progressing satisfactorily. Overall, progress to date stands at 87%. The progress of the five contracts is as follows: (i) Contract WSC 13/06: Completion of earthworks, drainage and sub-base, the contract is now completed with the performance certificate issued in August 2011; (ii) Contract WSC 14/06: Supply of sub-base and base course, the contract has been completed and is now for final reimbursement; (iii) Contract WSC 30/09, Construction of Naqia and Wainiboa bridges: both bridges are completed and opened to traffic; (iv) Contract WSC 38/09: Upgrading of Kings Road from Wailotua to Nayavu: about 90% completed and the contract is scheduled to complete by mid-2013; and (v) Contract WSC 84/11: Rehabilitation of Kings Road from Nadaro to Korovou: progress of works completed stands at 60% and remaining works are expected to complete by mid-2013.
Geographical Location Korovou, Mba Province, Ra Province, Rewa Province, Tailevu Province, Thakaundrove Province, Vanuakula, Wailotua, Waito, Waiyevo
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects Environmental Management Plans. The EA confirmed that each contractor had an up- to-date environmental management plan and that this was being monitored and reported on.
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services International and national consultants will supervise the construction of the remaining road upgrading subproject. The Borrower will select and hire competent and experienced consultants acceptable to ADB to carry out the assignment. The terms of reference of the consultants will be determined by ADB and the Department of National Roads (DNR). Any substantial changes proposed in the supervision arrangements will have to be approved by ADB. DNR will see to it that competent and experienced consultants acceptable to ADB are hired to supervise the civil works.
Procurement Roads will be upgraded under contracts to be awarded through international competitive bidding according to ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2007, as amended from time to time). An ongoing contract package for the supply of pavement materials was approved by ADB in 2006. The balance of the cost not financed by the original loan will be eligible for financing under the supplementary loan.
Responsible ADB Officer King, Grace
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division Pacific Subregional Office in Suva, Fiji
Executing Agencies
Dept of National Roads, Min. of Works & Transport
Apisai ketenilagi
[email protected]
P.O. Box 2493
Government Buildings
Suva, Fiji Islands
Concept Clearance 30 Sep 2008
Fact Finding 15 Sep 2008 to 26 Sep 2008
MRM 28 Oct 2008
Approval 23 Mar 2009
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 02 Feb 2009
Last PDS Update 29 Mar 2013

Loan 2514-FIJ

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
23 Mar 2009 19 Mar 2010 02 Jun 2010 30 Jun 2012 31 Dec 2013 19 May 2014
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 72.60 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 26.80 23 Mar 2009 26.04 0.00 100%
Counterpart 45.80 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 23 Mar 2009 26.04 0.00 100%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - Satisfactory - - - Satisfactory

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Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

Title Document Type Document Date
Fiji: Third Road Upgrading (Sector) Project Project Performance Evaluation Reports Dec 2019

Related Publications

Title Document Type Document Date
Impact Stories from Fiji: Structures for Development Brochures and Flyers Nov 2011

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Procurement Plan