Armenia: Armenia-Georgia Border Regional Road (M6 Vanadzor-Bagratashen) Improvement Project

Sovereign Project | 49244-002

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.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Naqvi, Zaigham Ali Akbar
    Central and West Asia Department
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Armenia
  • Modality
    • Loan
  • Sector
    • Transport
Project Name Armenia-Georgia Border Regional Road (M6 Vanadzor-Bagratashen) Improvement Project
Project Number 49244-002
Country / Economy Armenia
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 3449-ARM: Armenia-Georgia Border Regional Road (M6 Vanadzor-Bagratashen) Improvement Project
Ordinary capital resources US$ 50.00 million
Loan: Armenia-Georgia Border Regional Road (M6 Vanadzor-Bagratashen) Improvement Project
European Investment Bank US$ 56.40 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
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.
Impact

Accelerated deterioration of the road network prevented; and safe, quick, and easy transportation ensured.

Project Outcome
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.
Implementation Progress
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
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement A
Indigenous Peoples C
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.

Business Opportunities
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
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Territorial Administration and Infrastructure
Ministry of Transport, Communication and Information Technologies
Timetable
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

Loan 3449-ARM

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
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%
Counterpart 12.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 24 Jan 2023 35.09 0.00 76%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory - - Satisfactory

Project Data Sheets (PDS) contain summary information on the project or program. Because the PDS is a work in progress, some information may not be included in its initial version but will be added as it becomes available. Information about proposed projects is tentative and indicative.

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Title Document Type Document Date
Amendment to the Loan Agreement for Loan 3449-ARM: Armenia-Georgia Border Regional Road (M6 Vanadzor-Bagratashen) Improvement Project Loan Agreement (Ordinary Resources) Oct 2022
Armenia-Georgia Border Regional Road (M6 Vanadzor-Bagratashen) Improvement Project: Audited Project Financial Statements (January-December 2021) Audited Project Financial Statements Jun 2022
Armenia-Georgia Border Regional Road (M6 Vanadzor-Bagratashen) Improvement Project: Audited Project Financial Statements (January-December 2020) Audited Project Financial Statements Jun 2021
Armenia-Georgia Border Regional Road (M6 Vanadzor-Bagratashen) Improvement Project: Proactive Integrity Review Proactive Integrity Reviews (PIR) May 2021
Armenia-Georgia Border Regional Road (M6 Vanadzor-Bagratashen) Improvement Project: Audited Project Financial Statements (January-December 2019) Audited Project Financial Statements Aug 2020
Armenia-Georgia Border Regional Road (M6 Vanadzor-Bagratashen) Improvement Project: Audited Project Financial Statements (January-December 2017) Audited Project Financial Statements Jul 2019
Armenia-Georgia Border Regional Road (M6 Vanadzor-Bagratashen) Improvement Project: Audited Project Financial Statements (January-December 2018) Audited Project Financial Statements Jul 2019
Armenia-Georgia Border Regional Road (M6 Vanadzor-Bagratashen) Improvement Project: Procurement Plan Procurement Plans Mar 2019
Amendment to the Loan Agreement for Loan 3449-ARM: Armenia-Georgia Border Regional Road (M6 Vanadzor-Bagratashen) Improvement Project Loan Agreement (Ordinary Resources) Jun 2017
Հայաստան-վրացական սահման միջպետական ճանապարհի (M6՝ Վանաձոր-Բագրատաշեն) բարելավման ծրագիր : Ծրագրի տեղեկատվական թերթիկ Translated PDS Mar 2017
Loan Agreement (Ordinary Operations) for Loan 3449-ARM: Armenia-Georgia Border Regional Road (M6 Vanadzor-Bagratashen) Improvement Project Loan Agreement (Ordinary Resources) Nov 2016
Armenia-Georgia Border Regional Road (M6 Vanadzor-Bagratashen) Improvement Project: Report and Recommendation of the President Reports and Recommendations of the President Oct 2016
Armenia-Georgia Border Regional Road (M6 Vanadzor-Bagratashen) Improvement Project: Project Administration Manual Project/Program Administration Manual Oct 2016
M6 Vanadzor-Alaverdi-Georgian Border Interstate Road Rehabilitation and Improvement Project: Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Jul 2015

Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards
Safeguard documents provided at the time of project/facility approval may also be found in the list of linked documents provided with the Report and Recommendation of the President.

Title Document Type Document Date
Armenia-Georgia Border Regional Road (M6 Vanadzor-Bagratashen) Improvement Project: Updated Corrective Action Plan Social Compliance Audit Report Nov 2022
Armenia-Georgia Border Regional Road (M6 Vanadzor-Bagratashen) Improvement Project: Addendum to Land Acquisition and Resettlement Plan Resettlement Plans Nov 2022
Armenia-Georgia Border Regional Road (M6 Vanadzor-Bagratashen) Improvement Project: Social Monitoring Report (January-June 2022) Social Monitoring Reports Sep 2022
Armenia-Georgia Border Regional Road (M6 Vanadzor-Bagratashen) Improvement Project: Environmental Monitoring Report (January-June 2022) Environmental Monitoring Reports Sep 2022
Armenia-Georgia Border Regional Road (M6 Vanadzor-Bagratashen) Improvement Project: Environmental Monitoring Report (July-December 2021) Environmental Monitoring Reports Mar 2022
Armenia–Georgia Border Regional Road (M6 Vanadzor–Bagratashen) Improvement Project: Social Monitoring Monitoring Report (January-June 2021) Social Monitoring Reports Oct 2021
Armenia-Georgia Border Regional Road (M6 Vanadzor-Bagratashen) Improvement Project: Compliance Report on Corrective Action Plan 3 Social Monitoring Reports Sep 2021
Armenia-Georgia Border Regional Road (M6 Vanadzor-Bagratashen) Improvement Project: Environmental Monitoring Report (January-June 2021) Environmental Monitoring Reports Sep 2021
Armenia-Georgia Border Regional Road (M6 Vanadzor-Bagratashen) Improvement Project: Compliance Report on Corrective Action Plan 2 Social Monitoring Reports Jul 2021
Armenia-Georgia Border Regional Road (M6 Vanadzor-Bagratashen) Improvement Project: Compliance Report on Corrective Action Plan 1 Social Monitoring Reports Jul 2021
Armenia-Georgia Border Regional Road (M6 Vanadzor-Bagratashen) Improvement Project: Updated Corrective Action Plan Social Compliance Audit Report Apr 2021
Armenia–Georgia Border Regional Road (M6 Vanadzor–Bagratashen) Improvement Project: Social Monitoring Monitoring Report (July-December 2020) Social Monitoring Reports Apr 2021
Armenia-Georgia Border Regional Road (M6 Vanadzor-Bagratashen) Improvement Project: Environmental Monitoring Report (July-December 2020) Environmental Monitoring Reports Mar 2021
Armenia–Georgia Border Regional Road (M6 Vanadzor–Bagratashen) Improvement Project: Social Monitoring Monitoring Report (January-June 2020) Social Monitoring Reports Jan 2021
Armenia-Georgia Border Regional Road (M6 Vanadzor-Bagratashen) Improvement Project: Environmental Monitoring Report (January-June 2020) Environmental Monitoring Reports Aug 2020
Armenia-Georgia Border Regional Road (M6 Vanadzor-Bagratashen) Improvement Project: Corrective Action Plan Social Compliance Audit Report Jul 2020
Armenia-Georgia Border Regional Road (M6 Vanadzor-Bagratashen) Improvement Project: Social Monitoring Report (July-December 2019) Social Monitoring Reports Jul 2020
Armenia-Georgia Border Regional Road (M6 Vanadzor-Bagratashen) Improvement Project: Corrective Action Plan Social Compliance Audit Report May 2020
Armenia-Georgia Border Regional Road (M6 Vanadzor-Bagratashen) Improvement Project: Environmental Monitoring Report (July-December 2019) Environmental Monitoring Reports Mar 2020
Armenia-Georgia Border Regional Road (M6 Vanadzor-Bagratashen) Improvement Project: Social Monitoring Report (January-June 2019) Social Monitoring Reports Feb 2020
Armenia-Georgia Border Regional Road (M6 Vanadzor-Bagratashen) Improvement Project: Section Km 38+450-Km 90+191 Environmental Monitoring Report (January-June 2019) Environmental Monitoring Reports Dec 2019
Armenia-Georgia Border Regional Road (M6 Vanadzor-Bagratashen) Improvement Project: Section Km 38+450-Km 90+191 Environmental Monitoring Report (July–December 2018) Environmental Monitoring Reports Apr 2019
Armenia-Georgia Border Regional Road (M6 Vanadzor-Bagratashen) Improvement Project: Phase 3 Lot 1 Social Monitoring Report Social Monitoring Reports Feb 2019
Armenia-Georgia Border Regional Road (M6 Vanadzor-Bagratashen) Improvement Project: Phase 3 Lot 2 Social Monitoring Report Social Monitoring Reports Feb 2019
Armenia-Georgia Border Regional Road (M6 Vanadzor-Bagratashen) Improvement Project: Phase 3 Lot 3 Social Monitoring Report Social Monitoring Reports Feb 2019
Armenia-Georgia Border Regional Road (M6 Vanadzor-Bagratashen) Improvement Project: Phase 2 Lot 3 Social Monitoring Report Social Monitoring Reports Sep 2018
Armenia-Georgia Border Regional Road (M6 Vanadzor-Bagratashen) Improvement Project: Phase 2 Lot 1 Social Monitoring Report Social Monitoring Reports Sep 2018
Armenia-Georgia Border Regional Road (M6 Vanadzor-Bagratashen) Improvement Project: Phase 2 Lot 2 Social Monitoring Report Social Monitoring Reports Sep 2018
Armenia-Georgia Border Regional Road (M6 Vanadzor-Bagratashen) Improvement Project: Social Monitoring Report Social Monitoring Reports May 2018
Armenia-Georgia Border Regional Road (M6 Vanadzor-Bagratashen) Improvement Project: Land Acquisition and Resettlement Plan Resettlement Planning Documents Nov 2017
Armenia-Georgia Border Regional Road (M6 Vanadzor-Bagratashen) Improvement Project: Initial Environmental Examination Initial Environmental Examination Jul 2016
Armenia-Georgia Border Regional Road (M6 Vanadzor-Bagratashen) Improvement Project: Land Acquisition and Resettlement Plan Resettlement Plans Jul 2016

Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

None currently available.


Related Publications

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Tenders

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

Contracts Awarded

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