ADB is supporting Georgia’s program to overhaul vital roads between Central Asia and the Caucasus. Additional financing for the program will complete the 33.6-kilometer, two-lane bypass road detouring Kobuleti, strengthen asset management capacity of the Roads Department, and improve road safety.
|Project Name||Road Corridor Investment Program - Tranche 3 (Additional Financing)|
|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)
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||No gender elements|
|Description||The Project, financed from the multitranche finance facility (MFF) for Georgia Road Corridor Investment Program, provides additional financing of $140 million for Loan 2560-GEO (the original project). Its main components are: (i) constructing Kobuleti Bypass (a new 28 km two-lane bypass road skirting Kobuleti and expanding to four lanes, a 6 km section of an existing two-lane road between Kobuleti and Batumi, along the Black Sea coast toward the Turkish border); (ii) strengthening asset management capacity of the Roads Department; and (iii) improving road safety. The additional financing will be used for expenditures related to civil works (road construction component), consulting services for construction supervision, and project administration by the executing agency.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||The additional financing for the Project will be used for completing the original project's civil works (i.e., Kobuleti Bypass), construction supervision, and contract administration. Completing this road is vital for realizing the full value of its first 15 km, currently under construction (Contract 1). Moreover, the return on other transport investments in Batumi and Poti ports, and the East-West highway connecting Tbilisi to the ports and the Black Sea beaches, will be lower without completing the Bypass.|
|Impact||Increase in subregional trade and tourism revenues|
|Description of Outcome||Improvement of the subregional road network|
|Progress Toward Outcome||
Project implementation is ongoing. Outcome will be assessed after completion.
The loan is expected to be extended to allow sufficient time for completion of works for Lot 2, implementation of road safety and road asset management activities, and preparation of feasibility study and detailed design consulting packages for the proposed road projects.
|Description of Project Outputs||
A 33.6 km two-lane bypass road detouring Kobuleti
Strengthening of asset management capacity
Improvement of road safety
Detailed design of Kharagauli-Chumateleti road
Feasibility study, detailed engineering design, and safeguard works for Batumi Bypass-Sarpi section (E-70 road)
Detailed design and safeguard works for Khevi-Argveta section (E-60 highway)
Feasibility study, detailed design, and safeguard works for Tbilisi Bypass road
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||
The cumulative works progress for Lot 2 is about 80% as of 28 February 2017. The remaining land acquisition issue is expected to be resolved soon.
Activities relating to strengthening of asset management capacity have not started.
Procurement of works for the road safety improvement works and installation of lighting on Kobuleti bypass is expected to commence in Q2 2017.
The contract for detailed design of Kharagauli-Chumateleti road was awarded in February 2017. Recruitment of consultants to undertake feasibility study and/or detailed design for Batumi Bypass-Sarpi section, Khevi-Argveta section, and Tbilisi Bypass road is ongoing.
|Geographical Location||between Kobuleti and Batumi|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Environmental Aspects||Same as principal Loan 2560-GEO.|
|Involuntary Resettlement||Same as principal Loan 2560-GEO.|
|Indigenous Peoples||Project is classified as Category C (same as in principal Loan 2560)|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design||Consultations were carried out with all the stakeholders during program preparation. As an integral part of the safeguards planning, affected communities and affected persons were directly and fully involved in the project preparation and during the design. All stakeholders were informed about the project, and the stream of information will continue during the implementation of the project. Extensive consultation events were arranged at various stages of social and resettlement project preparation alternative alignment feasibility study, cadastral survey of affected lands, land census survey, socioeconomic survey, and targeted consultation meetings with affected people and local stakeholder organizations and individuals. Consultations were also held at various levels of government offices such as the Department of Roads (including its resettlement division), the National Agency for Public Registry under the Ministry of Justice, local governments at the rayon (district municipality) level, gamgebeli (governors), property recognition committees in the rayon, and sacrebulo (representative local autonomous bodies).|
|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 greivance 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. Implementation progress are disclosed at the ADB website.|
|Consulting Services||Same consulting services requirements as that of the principal Loan 2560 GEO.|
|Procurement||Same procurement requirements as that of the principal Loan 2560 GEO.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Kalliokoski, Ari|
|Responsible ADB Department||Central and West Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Transport and Communications Division, CWRD|
Road Department - Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure
12 Khazbegi Str. 0160 Tbilisi
|Concept Clearance||29 May 2009|
|MRM||16 Dec 2011|
|Approval||22 Dec 2011|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||29 Mar 2017|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|22 Dec 2011||18 Apr 2012||13 Jun 2012||31 Dec 2015||29 Sep 2019||-|
|Financing Plan||Loan Utilization|
|Total (Amount in US$ million)||Date||ADB||Others||Net Percentage|
|Project Cost||165.00||Cumulative Contract Awards|
|ADB||140.00||22 Dec 2011||82.77||0.00||59%|
|Cofinancing||0.00||22 Dec 2011||50.52||0.00||36%|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Road Corridor Investment Program - Tranche 3 (Additional Financing): Procurement Plan||Procurement Plans||Apr 2017|
|Road Corridor Investment Program - Tranches 1 and 3 (Additional Financing)||Project/Program Administration Manual||Sep 2013|
|Loan Agreement for Road Corridor Investment Program - Project 1 between Georgia and Asian Development Bank dated 18 April 2012||Loan Agreement (Ordinary Resources)||Apr 2012|
|Road Corridor Investment Program - Tranche 3 (Additional Financing)||Project/Program Administration Manual||Dec 2011|
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