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Samoa: Central Cross Island Road Upgrading Project

Sovereign (Public) Project | 51268-001 Status: Proposed

The Government of Samoa requested assistance from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for the Central Cross Island Road Upgrading (the ensuing Project) a priority investment in transport sector. Samoa's land transport depends on key arterial roads that serve the two main islands, Upolu where capital Apia is located, and Savai'i. Upolu is served by three cross-island roads strategically located at the eastern, western, and central sections. The Central Cross Island Road is the key arterial road connecting West Coast Road in Apia with the South Coast Road in Siumu. The project road is 19.70 kilometers (km) that provides access to 8 villages to the capital, Apia. The existing two-lane narrow carriageway (4 meters 5 meters) road with surface seal carrying up to 6,000 average daily traffic (ADT) along first 5 km, and up to 1,500 ADT thereafter, is unsafe for road users and in need of upgrading.

Project Details

Project Officer
Rustam Ishenaliev Pacific Department Request for information
Country
  • Samoa
Sector
  • Transport
 
Project Name Central Cross Island Road Upgrading Project
Project Number 51268-001
Country Samoa
Project Status Proposed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant: Central Cross Island Road Upgrading Project
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 31.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Transport / Road transport (non-urban) - Transport policies and institutional development

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description The Government of Samoa requested assistance from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for the Central Cross Island Road Upgrading (the ensuing Project) a priority investment in transport sector. Samoa's land transport depends on key arterial roads that serve the two main islands, Upolu where capital Apia is located, and Savai'i. Upolu is served by three cross-island roads strategically located at the eastern, western, and central sections. The Central Cross Island Road is the key arterial road connecting West Coast Road in Apia with the South Coast Road in Siumu. The project road is 19.70 kilometers (km) that provides access to 8 villages to the capital, Apia. The existing two-lane narrow carriageway (4 meters 5 meters) road with surface seal carrying up to 6,000 average daily traffic (ADT) along first 5 km, and up to 1,500 ADT thereafter, is unsafe for road users and in need of upgrading. The project will also improve institutional capacity of executing and implementing agencies to plan, execute and maintain investment projects and will provide support to the Ministry of Natural Resource and Environment (MNRE) to improve their capacity in updating the current cadastral system.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy Although passable throughout the year, significant sections of the project road have fallen into disrepair and become a safety concern for commuters as well as pedestrians walking along the roadside. This is especially an issue along the first 3 km of the road which is situated in a semi-urban area. In 2012, tropical cyclone Evan hit Samoa and caused significant damage to its road infrastructure. Some of the critically damaged road sections (5 locations total of 3,720 km) were since widened and resurfaced by the Government. The existing narrow road lanes without adequate pedestrian facilities in semi-urban areas, deficient drainage throughout the entire length, as well as unsafe horizontal and vertical alignment in hilly road sections will become a significant hazard as traffic levels increase, particularly in wet conditions.
Impact

Strengthened transport sector governance framework

Improved, sustained, and climate-proofed road transport network

Outcome Improved Central Cross Island Road contributes to more resilient and safer road network.
Outputs

Upgraded central cross island road contributes to climate resilience, disaster preparedness and better road safety

Improved maintenance of Central Cross Island Road contributes to sustainable and gender-inclusive road network management

Strengthened institutional capacity contributes to improved road network management

Geographical Location Apia, Siumu Village
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples C
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 Rustam Ishenaliev
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division PATC
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Finance
(Mr.) Iulai Lavea, Chief Executive Officer, Ministry of Finance
[email protected]
Ministry of Finance Government of Samoa Private Bag, Apia, Samoa
Timetable
Concept Clearance 03 May 2018
Fact Finding 20 Feb 2019 to 28 Feb 2019
MRM 30 May 2019
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 09 May 2018

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Project Implementation Consultant Firm - Consulting Closed 31 May 2019 19 Jul 2019

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