ADB is supporting Georgia’s program to overhaul vital roads between Central Asia and the Caucasus. The first project under the program will construct a 28-kilometer, two-lane bypass road skirting the city of Kobuleti and widen the two-lane road between Kobuleti and Batumi to four lanes. It will also strengthen the asset management capacity of the Roads Department and improve road safety.
|Project Name||Road Corridor Investment Program - Tranche 1|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Loan
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Governance and capacity development
Private sector development
|Sector / Subsector||
Transport - Road transport (non-urban) - Transport policies and institutional development
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Some gender elements|
|Description||The project comprises (i) construction of a new 28 km two-lane bypass road skirting the city of Kobuleti, and widening of 6 km of the the existing two-lane road between Kobuleti and Batumi to four lanes; (ii) strengthening the asset management capacity of the Roads Department; and (iii) improving road safety.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||The development of subregional multi-corridors supports the Government's objective of exploiting Georgia's locational advantage as a transit hub for the Caucasus and for Euro-Asia road transport, particularly by providing a more efficient route for Turkey- and Armenia-realted traffic. It will ensure Government's new strategic vision of the transport network security as well. Efficiently functioning multi-corridors will reduce the cost of subregional and international transport, benefiting both the local economy and the economy of the subregion, and thereby stimulating the development of Euro-Asia trade links. The subregional multi-corridors also serve as principal domestic corridors linking the major cities, ports and tourist centers, and their development will enhance economic growth through more efficient passenger and freight transport, while enhancing safety.The MFF will help the Government achieve its sector roadmap to develop subregional road multi-corridors, particularly focusing on alternative cross-border routes connecting surrounding South Caucasus countries and Turkey.|
|Impact||Increase in subregional trade and tourism revenue|
|Description of Outcome||Improvement of the subregional road network|
|Progress Toward Outcome||
All works in Lot 1 (about 15 km--km 0 to 12.4 and km 30 to 33) were completed in October 2014, and the road is open to traffic. The Employer has issued the Final Payment Certificate in May 2016.
The cumulative works progress for Lot 2 is about 80% as of 28 February 2017. (The Lot 2 is being financed under Loan 2843, Tranche 3)
|Description of Project Outputs||
A 33.6 km two-lane bypass road detouring Kobuleti
Strengthening of asset management capacity
Improvement of road safety
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||
All works in Lot 1 completed, with minor roadside works ongoing; while Lot 2 works are ongoing with about 61% physical progress as of end February 2016.
RD intends to use the resources for this component for a research on new maintenance practices and materials for the road network.
About 50% of the road safety component has been completed. A road safety audit was conducted in the Contract 1 section, which has proven very valuable.
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
An environmental assessment and review framework for the Investment Program was prepared and Tranche 1 is a Category A project. An environmental impact assessment was prepared, and summary EIA circulated to the Board and was publicly disclosed through the ADB website on 29 May 2009. The EIA concluded that the overall environmental impact of Project 1 would be both positive and negative, and that the negative impact could be minimized by adequate mitigation measures included in the EMP.
The revised EIA for Kobuleti bypass road km 12+400 to km 31+259 was posted on ADB website on 17 Sep 2012.
Project 1 entails substantial land acquisition during construction of the Kobuleti bypass, and, hence, is considered a Category A project.
All required land for Lot 1 has been acquired and compensation has been paid to affected persons in the section from about km 0 to 24 and km 30 to 33 of the project road. The compliance reports are posted at the ADB website.
|Indigenous Peoples||Project 1 is classified as Category C.|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design||Two types of consultations were conducted, (i) stakeholder consultation, and (b) public consultation. Stakeholder consultations were performed mainly with selected individuals and organizations with professional expertise in assessing various impacts of road projects at the national and provincial levels. The public consultations were conducted in Batumi with various stakeholders including the representatives from the affected community. The consultation involved a wide range of participants representing affected people, community leaders, civil society, NGOs, environmental professionals, and central and regional government officials. The stakeholder consultations were held in Tbilisi and Batumi in March, April and June 2009. The objective was to share information on the project and obtain feedback on its design.|
|During Project Implementation||Stakeholder participation and consultation is continuing. The Roads Department has consultants to regularly monitor the activities of the contractor in relation to the LARP and EMP, to coordinate with the local governments, and ensure that the grievance redress mechanism is properly functioning. An independent external monitor conducts biannual consultations with local people and reports to RD and ADB. A grievance redress mechanism is in place and RD has appointed two field officers for regular consultation with the communities and other parties and report the outcomes to ADB through the monthly progress reports. The environmental and social monitoring reports are disclosed on the ADB website.|
Project 1 requires a total of 1,330 person-months (230 international and 1,100 national) of services from consulting firms for detailed design, construction supervision, and project monitoring and evaluation; (ii) 31 person-months (11 international and 20 national) for road safety; and (iii) 243 person-months (55 international and 188 national) for RD's capacity development.
The detailed design consultants have completed the services on 30 April 2012. The construction supervision consultants commenced work on 8 February 2011. Individual consultants have been engaged to assist the Roads Department with project implementation, safeguards monitoring and capacity development. Activities for the capacity development component are being finalized.
Procurement activities were carried out following ADB's Procurement Guidelines.
The first civil works contract under Lot 1 (km 0 to 12.4 and km 30 to 33) was awarded 26 November 2010. All works have been completed on 30 June 2014. The second contract under Lot 2 (km 12.4 to km 30) was awarded in December 2012.
|Responsible ADB Officer||Kiziria, George|
|Responsible ADB Department||Central and West Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Georgia Resident Mission|
Road Department - Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure
12 Khazbegi Str. 0160 Tbilisi
Georgia Road Department-Ministry of Economic Development
29a Gagarin Street
0160, Tbilisi, Georgia
|Concept Clearance||29 May 2009|
|Fact Finding||01 Jun 2009 to 12 Jun 2009|
|MRM||16 Mar 2011|
|Approval||06 Oct 2009|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|PDS Creation Date||04 Jun 2009|
|Last PDS Update||29 Mar 2017|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|06 Oct 2009||29 Oct 2009||01 Dec 2009||30 Jun 2014||29 Sep 2019||-|
|Financing Plan||Loan Utilization|
|Total (Amount in US$ million)||Date||ADB||Others||Net Percentage|
|Project Cost||148.90||Cumulative Contract Awards|
|ADB||118.80||06 Oct 2009||115.68||0.00||100%|
|Cofinancing||0.00||06 Oct 2009||115.47||0.00||99%|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Road Corridor Investment Program - Tranche 3 (Additional Financing): Procurement Plan||Procurement Plans||Apr 2017|
|Amendment to Loan Agreement for Loan 2560-GEO: Road Corridor Investment Program - Project 1||Loan Agreement (Special Operations)||Apr 2017|
|Road Corridor Investment Program - Tranche 1: Procurement Plan||Procurement Plans||Apr 2016|
|Road Corridor Investment Program - Tranches 1 and 3 (Additional Financing)||Project/Program Administration Manual||Sep 2013|
|Road Corridor Investment Program||Facility Administration Manual||Feb 2010|
|Loan Agreement for Road Corridor Investment Program - Project 1 between Georgia and Asian Development Bank dated 29 October 2009||Loan Agreement (Special Operations)||Oct 2009|
|Subregional Road Corridors Development Program (Tranche 1)||Design and Monitoring Frameworks||Jul 2009|
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