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 Name||Third Road Upgrading (Sector) Project (supplementary loan)|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Loan
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|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|
|Description of Outcome||Improved access to services and markets|
|Progress Toward Outcome|
|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||Kings and Lodoni Roads, Viti Levu, Fiji Islands|
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.|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design|
|During Project Implementation|
|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|
Dept of National Roads, Min. of Works & Transport
P.O. Box 2493
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|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|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||25.74||0.00||99%|
|Cofinancing||0.00||23 Mar 2009||26.04||0.00||100%|
|Status of Covenants|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Third Road Upgrading (Sector) Project: Project Completion Report||Project/Program Completion Reports||Sep 2015|
|Third Road Upgrading (Sector) Project (supplementary loan): Audited Project Financial Statements (January 2013-June 2014)||Audited Project Financial Statements||Oct 2014|
|Third Road Upgrading (Sector) Project (Supplementary)||Procurement Plans||Oct 2013|
|Loan Agreement for Third Road Upgrading (Sector) Project -- Supplementary between Republic of the Fiji Islands and Asian Development Bank dated 19 March 2010||Loan Agreement (Ordinary Resources)||Mar 2010|
|Third Road Upgrading (Sector) Project: Major Change in Implementation Arrangements||Loan Change in Scope, Amount, and Implementation Arrangements||Feb 2010|
|Third Road Upgrading (Sector) Project||Reports and Recommendations of the President||Feb 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|
|Third Road Upgrading (Sector) Project (Supplementary Loan): Environmental Monitoring Report||Environmental Monitoring Reports||Dec 2014|
Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation
None currently available.
|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Impact Stories from Fiji: Structures for Development||Brochures and Flyers||Nov 2011|
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