Output 1 Road Network Improvements:
A. Interchanges of North 2nd Ring Road, Fengcheng 4th Road, Xinhuo Road, and Hongmiaopo Road: civil works contracts were awarded on 17 December 2013. Construction of North 2nd Ring Road Interchange and Fengcheng 4th Road Interchange commenced in July 2014 when pipelines and power lines were reallocated. Construction of Xinhuo Road Interchange actually started in July 2015, although the contractor was mobilized in September 2014. Construction of Hongmiaopo Road Interchange commenced in October 2015, although the contractor was mobilized earlier. As of May 2016, about 75% progress achieved for Fengcheng 4th Road Interchange and about 80% for North 2nd Ring Road Interchange. The main bridge Fengcheng 4th Road Interchange was opened to traffic on 26 May 2016. For Hongmiaopo Road Interchange, about 30% progress has been made and it is scheduled to complete the construction by 31 December 2016. For Xinhuo Road Interchange, the major drainage work was completed, with an increase of pipe size from 3 meters to 4 meters. In addition, an auxiliary road on western side was completed.
B. Interchange connecting Fengcheng 8th Road and Taihua Road: Civil works contract was signed in November 2015. Due to delay in resettlement and relocation of pipelines and power lines, and the need to modify the detailed design to accommodate subway construction under the interchange, construction of the civil works has not started.
C. Interchange connecting Fengcheng 8th Road and Beichen Road: Since the other side of Fengcheng 8th Road has not started road construction and the construction will involve significant resettlement and power lines reallocation, implementation of this interchange is suspended.
D. Dazhai Road: Since the east side has been implemented with 30 m right-of-way, the proposed over-passing bridge cannot be constructed due to limitation of right-of-way. The civil works contract for the remaining road section was signed in December 2015. The contractor has mobilized, but no physical progress has been made.
E. Keji 2nd Road: Due to the difficulty in resettlement of the western section of the road, the XMURCC, XIIG, and XMPUB decided to implement the eastern section with a total length of 2.83 km in 2015. The contract of Road-C01A (eastern section) was approved on 13 September 2016.
F. Kunming Road: The design of the road will be changed. The original design to extend Kunming Road by covering the polluted river will be changed to build an elevated bridge over the river, which will form a part of fast track road in Xi'an. It was learnt that the feasibility study of the fast track road has been endorsed by the city government. Due to design change and the implementation delay, XMURCC and XIIG will use the government funds to implement the road.
Output 2 Pedestrian Crossing and Safety Improvements: Procurement of the first batch of 36 intersections and pedestrian crossing facilities was completed in January 2015. By 30 November 2015, 36 intersections and pedestrian crossing had been rehabilitated, including two changed from the original list. It was informed that the technical design for several intersections was revised. ADB review mission in 2016 has no objection to such revisions and advised XMURCC and XIIG to withdraw all eligible expenses by 31 July 2016. For the remaining intersections and pedestrian crossing facilities, the XMURCC and XIIG confirmed to use domestic funds to implement them.
Output 3 Multimodal Interchange Facilities: The implementation of this output has been significantly delayed. Since about 30% of ADB finance is allocated for this output, implementation of this output is critical to the success of the project implementation. ADB review mission in 2016 urged XMURCC and XIIG to make further efforts to facilitate implementation of Xi'an North Train Station transport hub and Xi'an National Civil Aerospace Industrial Base transport hub.
A. Multimodal Transport Hub: For Xi'an North Train Station transport hub, the bid of MIF-C01 was opened on 14 September 2016. ADB review mission in 2016 advised XIIG to make sure that the site is ready for construction by 30 September 2016 so that the contractor can start construction immediately when the contractor is mobilized.
B. For Xi'an National Civil Aerospace Industrial Base transport hub, the preliminary design is ready for approval.
C. For Xi'an International Logistics Park transport hub, the scheme of the transport hub is still under study since an intercity railway station and a long-distance bus station will be constructed near the proposed transport hub.
D. For Xi'an Yuhua Zhai transport hub, the land in the original project site cannot be acquired and the proposed new site by the local government was not suitable for a transport hub since it was too far from subway station. The XMURCC and XIIG proposed to cancel this transport hub from the project scope.
E. Multilevel parking facilities: According to the project appraisal, five multilevel parking facilities will be constructed under the project. Two will be built at the multimodal transport hub for Yuhua Zhai and Xi'an International Logistics Park and three parking garages will be located on the edge of the old walled city (Leju Chang, South Guoshang Village, and Xizhan Community). According to XMURCC and XIIG, the land acquisition for all five multilevel parking facilities becomes impossible and selection of new locations is necessary.
F. CNG stations: At appraisal, it was proposed to construct five compressed natural gas (CNG) stations under the project. Four are to be constructed in the four transport hubs, and one more CNG station at Mujiangwang was planned. Its implementation has been delayed due to delay in implementation of transport hubs. For CNG station at Mujiangwang, it will be likely replaced by construction of CNG station in a bus maintenance station.
Output 4 ITS and Road User Safety Program: Procurement of traffic video monitoring system (ITS-G01-2) and camera enforcement system (ITS-G01-3) were completed by November 2014. Procurement of dynamic traffic information collection system (ITS-G01-1) was completed and the contract was submitted to ADB on 16 September 2015. The BER of ITS-G02 was approved on 6 September 2016.
Output 5 Environment Protection Enhancement: Out of 10 contract packages, nine have been awarded, except for software for environmental protection and enhancement (EP-G08). The BER of EP-G08 was approved on 2 September 2016 and the contract is expected to be approved in early October 2016.