ADB is helping Armenia upgrade its main North-South Road Corridor. The third project under the program will improve and widen 46 kilometers of the road between Talin and Gyumri, develop and implement a long-term road subsector plan and a road asset management and road maintenance administration system, and prepare the feasibility study for the Artashat-Qajaran section of the corridor.
|Project Name||North-South Road Corridor Investment Program - Tranche 3|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Grant
|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|
The project aims to achieve efficient, safe and sustainable north-south corridor linking the Republic of Armenia domestically and internationally. The project will comprise:
(a) reconstruction of the two-lane road section between towns of Talin and Landjik of approximately 18.7 km and widening such section to a four-lane dual carriageway; (b) preparation and implementation of a long term road subsector plan and road asset management and road maintenance administration system; (c) preparation of feasibility study for Artashat-Qajaran section (304 km) of the North-South corridor; and (d) project implementation support and preparation of a subsequent tranche under the Investment Program, including preparation of the related feasibility study and detailed engineering design.
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||Rehabilitation of the road network is a top priority for Armenia. Improving logistics increases trade, investment flows and jobs. Better connectivity aids regional cooperation and integration and increases the country's competitiveness. The government of Armenia has developed a North-South Road Corridor Investment Program for 2009-2017. The program, which includes an investment component and a non-investment component, aims to develop an adequate, efficient, safe, and sustainable road network in the country in support of economic growth and regional cooperation. The North-South road is part of a transport network for trade flow between Central Asia to the European markets. The road extends from Agarak to Bavra through Kapan and Yerevan, and plays an important role in this regard because it is linked to the east-west highway in Georgia that leads to Poti and Batumi on the Black Sea, two key shipment points for Central Asia's exports. Upon implementation, the investment program will: (i) facilitate efficient subregional road transport transit; (ii) increase trade flows and competitiveness; (iii) lower transport costs; (iv) increase mobility and accessibility to markets, jobs, and social services; (v) enhance tourism; and (vi) improve governance.|
|Impact||Socioeconomic development in Armenia and expanded regional trade|
|Description of Outcome||Efficient, safe and sustainable north-south road corridor, linking Armenia domestically and internationally|
|Progress Toward Outcome||ADB approved on 6 April 2017 the Government's request to extend the loan closing date by 21 months from 31 December 2017 to 14 September 2019 to ensure completion of works.|
|Description of Project Outputs||
Reconstructed 18.7 km two-lane road section between the towns of Talin and Landjik
Road Subsector Plan completed and Road Asset Management and Road Maintenance System implemented
Feasibility studies and detailed design for Tranche 4 prepared
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||
The construction supervision consultant contract was awarded on 30 March 2015. The civil works contract was awarded on 25 May 2016. The Contractor has mobilized and the camp and facilities have been established. The Engineer confirmed 22 July 2016 as the Commencement Date. The actual progress is at 10% as of September 2017.
The recruitment of consultant for preparing the road subsector plan has been postponed to Q3-2017 (and possibly rescheduled to Q4-2017) as the assignment may need to be revised due to budget constraint and the outcome of the government's coordination with other donors. The procurement of goods for road asset management and maintenance system has been delayed due to rebidding and government's revision of the list of goods to be procured and estimated budget. It is expected that the invitation for bids will be advertised in Q4-2017.
Detailed design and bidding documents for Tranche 4 are expected to be submitted within Q3-2017.
|Geographical Location||Agarak, Aragatsotni Marz, Ararat, Ararati Marz, Ashtarak, Azatan, Bavra, Beniamin, Dzorakap, Goris, Gyumri, Hayrenyats', Horrom, Kapan, Lanjik, Lusakert, Maralik, Mastara, Meghri, Sarrnaghbyur, Shiraki Marz, Syunik'i Marz, Talin, Yerevan|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Environmental Aspects||The project is classified as Category A. An updated environmental impact assessment (EIA) was prepared and posted on the ADB website on 26 July 2012. The EIA concludes that the impact on archaeological, historical, and cultural sites and monuments is widespread and requires special consideration. The EIA identifies 10 previously unknown archaeological sites. To safeguard the most important sites, the environmental management plan (EMP) contains mitigation measures. The EIA also determines that there is a potential impact on some rare flora and fauna. To mitigate those impacts, the EMP outlines a flora and fauna plan. All recommendations in the EMP are incorporated in the detailed design and bidding documents for the civil works contract to ensure proper mitigation and protection measures are taken. Public consultations involving nongovernment organizations in Gyumri and Yerevan were conducted in May and July 2010. The consultant and project implementation unit held further discussions with community leaders during the preparation of the updated EIA in 2012 for relocation of cultural monuments.|
|Involuntary Resettlement||The project is classified as Category A. The existing right-of-way will be widened to approximately 30 meters, which will cause significant land acquisition and resettlement impacts. The Ministry of Transport, Communication and Information Technologies (MTCIT) has prepared a land acquisition and resettlement plan (LARP) that is implemented in 6 subsections. LARP for subsections 1, 2 and 3 have been approved by ADB. For the remaining subsections the LARP is currently being implemented. The mitigation measures included in the LARP are consistent with the provisions of the land acquisition and resettlement framework for the MFF and the SPS (2009). The Transport Project Implementation Organization (TPIO) has 2 social development specialists, 1 environment specialist, and 1 lawyer, assisted by 2 resettlement consultants. A grievance redress mechanism has been established for the project. As the LARP is the second document of this kind prepared by MTCIT, resettlement training was provided during the preparation of LARP under Tranche 2 project, the MTCIT/TPIO's capacity for implementation of LARP under Tranche 3 project is considered adequate. The affected persons (APs) were consulted during the preparation of this LARP, and it was disclosed to the APs and on the ADB website. ADB endorsed the final LARP in June 2015, and the government approved it in September 2015.|
|Indigenous Peoples||The project is classified as category C for indigenous peoples, due to the absence from the project area of social groups qualifying as indigenous peoples.|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design||Stakeholder participation has been achieved through consultation carried out with all the stakeholders during the program preparation. Consultations were held at various levels such as the project implementation unit, the Ministry of Transport and Communication (now Ministry of Transport, Communication and Information Technologies), the State Committee of Real Estate Cadastre, Municipality of Yerevan and different non-governmental organizations. Consultations were also conducted with local communities to be directly affected by the Investment Program.|
|During Project Implementation||Stakeholders' participation and consultation is ongoing. LARP implementation is ongoing, and the environmental and resettlement specialists of the project implementation unit make regular site visits to review progress. Bi-annual environmental and social monitoring reports are published regularly.|
|Consulting Services||All consulting services to be financed under Project 3 will be procured in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time).|
|Procurement||All procurement of works and goods will be undertaken in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2015, as amended from time to time).|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Herz, Thomas|
|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|
|MRM||29 Nov 2012|
|Approval||12 Mar 2013|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||26 Sep 2017|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|12 Mar 2013||11 Mar 2014||24 Jul 2014||30 Jun 2017||14 Sep 2019||-|
|Financing Plan||Loan Utilization|
|Total (Amount in US$ million)||Date||ADB||Others||Net Percentage|
|Project Cost||141.50||Cumulative Contract Awards|
|ADB||100.00||12 Mar 2013||66.47||0.00||66%|
|Cofinancing||0.00||12 Mar 2013||23.65||0.00||24%|
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|Tender Title||Type||Status||Posting Date||Deadline|
|Preparation of CAP/LARP addendum||Firm - Consulting||Active||02 Feb 2018||03 Mar 2018|
|Consulting services for “Implementation of CAP/LARP addendum for the new alignment in Tranche 2 and CAP(s) for utility relocation in Tranche 2 and Tranche 3”||Firm - Consulting||Active||02 Feb 2018||03 Mar 2018|
|Loan No. 2993-ARM: North-South Road Corridor Investment Program - Tranche 3 [T3-G-1]||Invitation for Bids||Active||02 Oct 2017||15 Nov 2017|
|ARM: North-South Road Corridor Investment Program, Proposed Tranche 3||Advance Notice||Archived||16 Jan 2013|
No contracts awarded for this project were found
|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|North-South Road Corridor Investment Program - Tranche 3: Procurement Plan||Procurement Plans||Mar 2017|