Armenia: Armenia-Georgia Border Regional Road (M6 Vanadzor-Bagratashen) Improvement Project
The Asian Development Bank is working with Armenia to rehabilitate the M6 Vanadzor Alaverdi Georgian Border Interstate Road. The project is improving a key road in the north of the country running from Vanadzor northeast through Alaverdi and Ayrum to the Georgian border.
Naqvi, Zaigham Ali Akbar
Central and West Asia Department
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|Project Name||Armenia-Georgia Border Regional Road (M6 Vanadzor-Bagratashen) Improvement Project|
|Country / Economy||Armenia
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Loan
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Environmentally sustainable growth
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 proposed project will improve a strategic regional link between Armenia (Vanadzor) and Georgia Border (Bagratashen), one of the most heavily traveled roads for internal and external trade. It will rehabilitate and upgrade 51.5 kilometers (km) of the two-lane M6 highway from Vanadzor to the border with Georgia at Bagratashen, improve facilities and safety along and in the vicinity of this road section in northern Armenia, strengthen the institutional capacity of the Ministry of Transport, Communication and Information Technologies (MTCIT).|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||Armenia's economy relies heavily on trade with neighboring countries through one border crossing with Iran at Meghri and two major border crossings with Georgia at Bavra and Bagratashen. Bavra is at the north end of the ongoing North-South Road Corridor Investment Program financed by Asian Development Bank (ADB). The North-South road corridor will mainly serve cross-border freight traffic to western Georgia and the Black Sea ports. Bagratashen is connected to the country's national network via the two-lane M6 highway, which will be upgraded by the proposed project. The M6 is a vital link connecting Armenia with Georgia and beyond. It is the shortest link between the respective capitals, Yerevan in Armenia and Tbilisi in Georgia. In 2014, the Bagratashen border crossing point handled 0.85 million tons of import and export freight, representing 49% of the total import freight tonnage and goods by road. Several international financial institutions are working jointly to improve border crossing efficiency and develop integrated border management systems in Armenia, including improvements at Bagratashen. The project is crucial to the country's trade and economy, and will be indispensable in the long term.|
Accelerated deterioration of the road network prevented; and safe, quick, and easy transportation ensured.
|Description of Outcome||
Transport efficiency and safety along the VanadzorBagratashen section of the M6 improved.
|Progress Toward Outcome||Civil works contracts awarded in November 2017 and advance payments paid in December 2017. Contract for design review and civil works technical supervision consultant was awarded on 03 April 2018.|
|Description of Project Outputs||
Road in M6 VanadzorBagratashen section totaling 51.5 km (Km 38+500Km 90+000) reconstructed
Institutional capacity of MOTC strengthened
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||
Civil works contracts awarded in November 2017. As of October 2021, the overall physical progress of the project is 67.2%, and the financial progress is 63.2%.
Recruitment of consultants for the institutional development component of the loan has commenced and the training workshops are planned in Q4 2021 and Q1 2022.
|Geographical Location||Alaverdi, Bagratashen, Vanadzor|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Environmental Aspects||According to ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (SPS), 2009, the project for the ADB-financed section is classified as category B for environment. Mitigation measures to address all construction and operational impacts have been included in the environmental management plan (EMP) prepared as part of the initial environmental examination (IEE) for the ADB-financed road section. The EMP has been included in the bidding document. The Road Department Fund is responsible for implementation of all safeguards requirements.|
|Involuntary Resettlement||The project for ADB-financed section has been updated from category B to category A for the Involuntary Resettlement. MTAI prepared and implemented land acquisition and resettlement plan (LARP) prior to commencement of the civil works. In addition to the main LARP, three Correction Action Plans (CAPs) have been prepared and implemented prior to the civil works in the relevant sections to address the design adjustments encountered during implementation. The 4th CAP is under preparation to address the revised design of Odzun junction.|
|Indigenous Peoples||IP for the proposed project is categorized C.|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design||
Stakeholders' participation in meetings during project design is encouraged.
|During Project Implementation||
Public consultations with relevant NGOs and local residents will be held regularly to ensure greater participation and information sharing.
|Consulting Services||All consulting services to be financed by the loan will be recruited following ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time).|
|Procurement||All works to be financed by the loan will be procured following ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2015, as amended from time to time).|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Naqvi, Zaigham Ali Akbar|
|Responsible ADB Department||Central and West Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Transport and Communications Division, CWRD|
Ministry of Territorial Administration and Infrastructure
Ministry of Transport, Communication and Information Technologies
|Concept Clearance||30 Mar 2016|
|Fact Finding||15 Feb 2016 to 26 Feb 2016|
|MRM||29 Jul 2016|
|Approval||28 Oct 2016|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||02 Nov 2021|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|28 Oct 2016||09 Nov 2016||24 Apr 2017||31 May 2021||31 Dec 2023||-|
|Financing Plan||Loan Utilization|
|Total (Amount in US$ million)||Date||ADB||Others||Net Percentage|
|Project Cost||62.00||Cumulative Contract Awards|
|ADB||50.00||24 Jan 2023||38.11||0.00||83%|
|Cofinancing||0.00||24 Jan 2023||35.09||0.00||76%|
|Status of Covenants|
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ADB to Help Improve Strategic Road Connection on Armenia-Georgia BorderADB has approved a $50 million loan to improve the transport efficiency and safety of the M6 Highway from Vanadzor in Armenia to the border with Georgia at Bagratashen, one of the most strategic roads for internal and external trade.
|Tender Title||Type||Status||Posting Date||Deadline|
|ADB/M6/CS/QCBS/03||Firm - Consulting||Closed||26 Jan 2022||28 Mar 2022|
|ADB/M6/ CS/IC/05-4||Individual - Consulting||Closed||14 Jan 2022||31 Jan 2022|
|Training on Procurement and Contract Administration||Individual - Consulting||Closed||25 Jun 2021||07 Jul 2021|
|Training on Roads Assets Management||Individual - Consulting||Closed||25 Jun 2021||07 Jul 2021|
|Training on Project Scheduling and Management||Individual - Consulting||Closed||25 Jun 2021||07 Jul 2021|
|External Monitoring Individual Consultant for the Verification of the Completion Reports of the Resettlement Plan and 2 Corrective Action Plans implementation of ADB financed road section 2 of M6||Individual - Consulting||Closed||25 Dec 2020||20 Jan 2021|
|Social Field Work Coordinator||Individual - Consulting||Closed||16 Apr 2020||30 Apr 2020|
|ADVISORY SERVICES FOR AUDIT||Firm - Consulting||Closed||27 Oct 2018||25 Nov 2018|
|ARM: Armenia?Georgia Border Regional Road (M6 Vanadzor?Bagratashen) Improvement Project||Advance Notice||Archived||25 Oct 2016|
|Contract Title||Approval Number||Contract Date||Contractor | Address||Executing Agency||Total Contract Amount (US$)||Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)|
|CONSULTING SERVICES ON DESIGN CHANGES AND IMPROVEMENTS||Loan 3449||16 Aug 2019||ARTSAKHROAD LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (LLC) | 24 BUILDING 1ST BLIND ALLEY, ACHARYAN ST YEREVAN, REPUBLIC OF ARMENIA ARMENIA, REPUBLIC OF||Ministry of Transport, Communication & Info Tech||119,704.70||99,682.71|
|DESIGN REVIEW & CIVIL WORKS TECHL SUPERVN OF REHAB & IMPROVEMENT OF THE M6 VANADZOR-ALAVERDI-GEORGIAN BORDER INTERSTATE ROAD (KM38 450-KM90 191)||Loan 3449||25 Apr 2018||SAFEGE SAS AND HILL INTERNATIONAL N.V. JV | 15-27 RUE DU PORT, PARC DE L'ILE F-920022 NANTERRE CEDEX, FRANCE FRANCE||Ministry of Transport, Communication & Info Tech||3,365,500.00||3,365,500.00|
|LOT 1: CIVIL WORKS FOR REHAB/RECONSTRUCTION OF THE EXISTING M6 VANADZOR-ALAVERDI-GEORGIAN BORDER INTERSTATE ROAD (SECTION KM38 450-KM48 140)||Loan 3449||12 Dec 2017||JV HORIZON-95 LLC & OBEROSLER CAV PIETROS SRL | 26 AMIRYAN STR., YEREVAN ARMENIA, REPUBLIC OF||Ministry of Transport, Communication & Info Tech||10,078,298.00||8,424,930.00|
|LOT 2: CIVIL WORKS FOR REHAB/RECONSTRUCTION OF THE EXISTING M6 VANADZOR-ALAVERDI-GEORGIAN BORDER INTERSTATE ROAD (SECTION KM48 140-KM62 300)||Loan 3449||12 Dec 2017||JV BLACK SEA GROUP AND AAB PROJECT | 39/1A ARABKIR STR., YEREVAN ARMENIA, REPUBLIC OF||Ministry of Transport, Communication & Info Tech||5,938,298.00||4,949,847.00|
|LOT 3: CIVIL WORKS FOR REHAB/RECONSTRUCTION OF THE EXISTING M6 VANADZOR-ALAVERDI-GEORGIAN BORDER INTERSTATE ROAD (SECTION KM62 300-KM90 191)||Loan 3449||12 Dec 2017||SUARDI JSC | 66 SARNICO STR., PREDORE (BG) ITALY||Ministry of Transport, Communication & Info Tech||9,752,415.00||8,146,336.00|
|SOCIAL SAFEGUARDS SUPPORT||Loan 3449||15 Sep 2017||ALTA VIP LLC | 16 YEKMALYAN 1ST STR AREA 41, 0002, YEREVAN ARMENIA, REPUBLIC OF||Ministry of Transport, Communication & Info Tech||345,847.00||344,635.00|
|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Armenia-Georgia Border Regional Road (M6 Vanadzor-Bagratashen) Improvement Project: Procurement Plan||Procurement Plans||Mar 2019|