The principal objectives of the Project are to promote economic growth and reduce poverty in eastern Sichuan Province by lowering the cost of transport, relieving traffic congestion, and improving access in the project area. The Project will (i) reduce traffic accidents and vehicle operating costs; (ii) improve access between Chongqing and Xi'an, two major growth centers in western PRC; (iii) provide additional transport capacity to accommodate growing traffic volume; and (iv) provide improved access to markets and social services in a poor area.
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