50381-006: Greater Mekong Subregion East-West Economic Corridor Highway Development Project | Asian Development Bank

Myanmar: Greater Mekong Subregion East-West Economic Corridor Highway Development Project

Sovereign (Public) Project | 50381-006 Status: Proposed

The project to develop a new arterial highway between Bago and Kyaikto of about 70 kilometers (km), along the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) East West Economic Corridor (EWEC).

Project Details

Project Officer
Date, Shihiru Southeast Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • Myanmar
Modality
  • Loan
Sector
  • Transport
 
Project Name Greater Mekong Subregion East-West Economic Corridor Highway Development Project
Project Number 50381-006
Country Myanmar
Project Status Proposed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan: Greater Mekong Subregion East-West Economic Corridor Highway Development Project
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 164.30 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Transport / Road transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description The project to develop a new arterial highway between Bago and Kyaikto of about 70 kilometers (km), along the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) East West Economic Corridor (EWEC).
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The GMS road corridors are the backbone of Myanmars transport system. The EWEC connects Thailand with Yangon and its special economic zone of Thilawa, and then onwards to Pathein, the capital of the Ayeyarwaddy delta. Improvements to this corridor will reduce national transport costs and improve regional connectivity with Thailand, and onwards to the GMS region. The Thailand, Lao PDR and Viet Nam sections of the corridor have been completed to high standards, and border facilities improved. However, most of the GMS EWEC road corridor in Myanmar has only two lanes, with a pavement in fair to poor condition; road safety features are generally missing. The alignment is long, crosses urban areas, and its low standards often make it unsafe for speeds higher than 40-60 kph.

The Project will address capacity issues on the Bago-Kyaikto section of the EWEC where the current two-lane road experiences high traffic. A pre-feasibility study prepared by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) showed that the section would reach capacity between 2020 and 2025. Upgrading the current road is not the preferred solution, as it would come with high resettlement impacts, and because the alignment is long and winding in several areas. The project involves instead the construction of a new arterial highway shorter by 32 km than the current alignment, which will halve travel time. The new arterial highway will be about 70 km long, and includes a 2.3 km bridge upon the Sittaung River.

Impact An arterial highway network supporting economic development, regional economic growth, and international industrial competitiveness in a way that is safe, environmentally-friendly and efficient is established (Master Plan for Arterial Road Network Development in Myanmar)a
Outcome More efficient and safer movement of goods and people between Bago and Kyaikto, along the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) East-West Economic Corridor (EWEC).
Outputs

New Bago-Kyaikto highway constructed

Rural access roads completed

Capacity of MOC enhanced

Geographical Location
Safeguard Categories
Environment A
Involuntary Resettlement A
Indigenous Peoples B
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Responsible ADB Officer Date, Shihiru
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, SERD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Construction
Department of Highways Office Building No. 11 Naypyitaw, Myanmar
Timetable
Concept Clearance 24 Apr 2017
Fact Finding 01 Jun 2019 to 30 Jun 2019
MRM 31 Aug 2019
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 28 Mar 2018

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