ADB is helping Armenia upgrade its main road corridor as part of a broader thrust to promote regional cooperation and trade in the Caucasus and Central Asia. The first project under the program will reconstruct an 18-kilometer section of the road corridor between the capital city Yerevan and Ashtarak, and improve safety of the road between Yerevan and Ararat.
|Project Name||North-South Road Corridor Investment Program - Tranche 1|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Loan
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Private sector development
|Sector / Subsector||
Transport / Road transport (non-urban)
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Some gender elements|
|Description||The project impact will be aligned with efficient, safe, and sustainable transport on the north-south road corridor. Its expected output is an approximately 10 km four-lane road between Yerevan and Ashtarak.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||
The Agarak-Kapan-Yerevan-Bavra route (M1 and 2 roads) crossing Armenia from south to north is further connected to Georgia's east-west highway that leads to Poti and Batumi at the Black Sea. This route provides Armenia with the shortest access to the seaports linked to Europe, the Russian Federation, and Turkey. Meanwhile, the Government of Georgia is improving the east-west highway and plans to improve the Bavra-Zhdanov-Akhaltskha-Batumi road as an alternative connectivity to Black Sea ports from Tbilisi. This will enable the Armenia cargoes to be transported to Black Sea ports easily through a shorter route. On the basis of this potential, the Government of Armenia has developed a North-South Road Corridor Development Program (the Investment Program) as a priority and ADB will support it through a multitranche financing facility (MFF).
The Investment Program will promote regional cooperation and trade by improving the north-south road corridor and related border crossings in Armenia. It is the Government's top priority to stimulate the national economy and gain shorter and more efficient access to nearest sea ports of the Black Sea. It will be complemented by the ADB-assisted regional road corridor development programs in Azerbaijan and Georgia to link the subregion to international markets more closely. It is thus in line with ADB's regional cooperation and integration theme under the Strategy 2020, Country Operations Business Plan for Armenia, and the regional cooperation strategy in Central Asia and Caucasus.
|Impact||Efficient, safe, and sustainable transport on the north-south road corridor|
|Description of Outcome||Reconstructed Yerevan to Ashtarak Road with increased traffic volume is safe and efficiently operated|
|Progress Toward Outcome||The road was opened to traffic on 29 December 2015. The civil works contractor substantially completed the works in June 2016. The engineer issued on 16 June 2016 the taking-over certificate and punch list of outstanding works. The contractor is expected to complete the repair of concrete pavement joints, including the replacement of sealants, by Spring 2018. The loan account was closed on 23 February 2018.|
|Description of Project Outputs||Yerevan-Ashtarak road reconstructed|
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||The four-lane road with design speed of 100 km/hr was opened to traffic on 29 December 2015. The civil works contractor substantially completed the works in June 2016. The engineer issued on 16 June 2016 the taking-over certificate and punch list of outstanding works. The contractor is expected to complete the repair of concrete pavement joints, including the replacement of sealants, by Spring 2018. The defects notification period has been extended until June 2018.|
|Geographical Location||Agarak, Aragatsotni Marz, Ararat, Ararati Marz, Ashtarak, Bavra, Gyumri, Kapan, Shiraki Marz, Talin, Yerevan, Yerevan|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
An environmental assessment and review framework covering environment safeguard tasks for the Investment Program in compliance with national laws and ADB's Environment Policy (2002) was prepared and approved by the Government.
The environmental classification for the Tranche 1 Project is B. An initial environmental examination was carried out in accordance with ADB's Environment Policy and Environmental Assessment Guidelines (2003). Regular environmental monitoring is carried out according to the environmental management plan and the bi-annual environmental monitoring reports are disclosed.
A land acquisition and resettlement framework regulating land acquisition and resettlement activities for the Investment Program in compliance with national laws and ADB's Involuntary Resettlement Policy (1995) was prepared and approved by the Government.
The resettlement classification of the Tranche 1 Project is C. Civil works involved the improvement of an existing four-lane highway and took place within the existing right-of-way or on unused state-owned land. There were no relocation of households or acquisition of productive land. Borrow pits or quarries were also available in the state-owned empty land, within easy access and away from residential areas. Impacts during construction have been mitigated and the grievance redress mechanism continues to be an effective means of consultation.
|Indigenous Peoples||The indigenous peoples classification of the Tranche 1 Project is C. In Armenia there are no groups with characteristics fitting the definition of indigenous people of ADB's Policy on Indigenous Peoples (1998). Therefore, the entire Investment Program and all tranche projects are categorized as C for impact on indigenous people.|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design||
The concerned stakeholders are grouped into (i) project sponsors - a central government represented by the ministries of economy (MOE), finance (MOF), and transport, communications and Information Technologies (MTCIT); (ii) regional administrations of the five marzpetaran (regional subdivision) where the road corridor lies; (iii) community leaders and councils of Avagani (council of elderly); (iv) community members, land owners and road users; (v) international organizations working in the project areas; and (vi) local and international NGOs, and other donor/funding organizations.
These groups were consulted through interviews, group discussions, questionnaires and surveys to identify and incorporate their individual concerns in the project and overall program design and subsequent implementation with regard to detailed engineering designs, social development, resettlement and environment related issues.
|During Project Implementation||A grievance redress mechanism for resettlement, managing environment, and addressing concerns of the road users, communities and other project stakeholders is in place. The project implementation unit and the supervision consultant have full-time specialists that monitor and report performance to ADB.|
|Consulting Services||All consulting services contracts have been awarded following the Guidelines on The Use of Consultants by Asian Development Bank and Its Borrowers. No further consulting services contracts are expected to be financed from Tranche 1.|
|Procurement||The ADB-financed works was procured according to ADB's Procurement Guidelines. The Ministry of Transport and Communication (now Ministry of Transport, Communication and Information Technologies) and ADB have agreed to combine the civil works under Tranche 1 and Tranche 2 in one contract with three sections, comprising reconstruction and improvement of the M1 Ashtarak to Talin road from km 29+600 to km 71+500 (Section 1), M2 Yerevan to Ararat road from km 9+312 to km 47+400 (Section 2) and M1 Yerevan to Ashtarak road from km 18+370 to km 29+773 (Section 3). The Government used international competitive bidding with post qualification and single-stage: one-envelope bidding procedure. The civil works contract was awarded in April 2012. No further works contracts are anticipated.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Thomas Herz|
|Responsible ADB Department||Central and West Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Transport and Communications Division, CWRD|
Ministry of Transport, Communication and Information Technologies
PO Box 69, 0010
|Concept Clearance||14 Jul 2009|
|Fact Finding||18 Jul 2009 to 30 Jul 2009|
|MRM||19 Aug 2009|
|Approval||06 Oct 2009|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|PDS Creation Date||31 Jul 2009|
|Last PDS Update||23 Mar 2018|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|06 Oct 2009||12 Oct 2009||24 Feb 2010||30 Jun 2014||30 Jun 2017||23 Feb 2018|
|Financing Plan||Loan Utilization|
|Total (Amount in US$ million)||Date||ADB||Others||Net Percentage|
|Project Cost||70.00||Cumulative Contract Awards|
|ADB||60.00||06 Oct 2009||56.15||0.00||98%|
|Cofinancing||0.00||06 Oct 2009||57.06||0.00||100%|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|North-South Road Corridor Investment Program - Tranche 1: Procurement Plan||Procurement Plans||Oct 2016|