Tonga: Fanga'uta Lagoon Crossing Project

Sovereign Project | 53045-002

The proposed project will build a bridge across the Fanga'uta Lagoon in Nuku'alofa, the capital of the Kingdom of Tonga (Tonga). The crossing will consist of an approximately 720 m long bridge and 4.96 km of approach roads from Nuku'alofa to Vaini, southern Tongatapu. The project will (i) provide reduced traffic congestion and shorter journey for people living in or traveling to and from Nuku'alofa and the southern parts of Tongatapu; (ii) provide an evacuation route to higher areas in the event of a tsunami and extreme weather events; and (iii) facilitate long-term climate change-induced relocation of communities currently living in low-lying areas to higher areas.

Project Details

Project Name Fanga'uta Lagoon Crossing Project
Project Number 53045-002
Country Tonga
Project Status Proposed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant: Fanga'uta Lagoon Crossing Project
Asian Development Fund US$ 20.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Transport / Road transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description The proposed project will build a bridge across the Fanga'uta Lagoon in Nuku'alofa, the capital of the Kingdom of Tonga (Tonga). The crossing will consist of an approximately 720 m long bridge and 4.96 km of approach roads from Nuku'alofa to Vaini, southern Tongatapu. The project will (i) provide reduced traffic congestion and shorter journey for people living in or traveling to and from Nuku'alofa and the southern parts of Tongatapu; (ii) provide an evacuation route to higher areas in the event of a tsunami and extreme weather events; and (iii) facilitate long-term climate change-induced relocation of communities currently living in low-lying areas to higher areas.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Tonga is in the South Pacific Ocean and comprises around 170 islands in an archipelago, of which 36 are populated. Tongatapu, the main island of Tonga, has approximately 75,000 residents, or nearly 70% of Tonga's population. Roads play a vital role in social and business connectivity on the main island. Nuku'alofa, located on the north coast of Tongatapu, is home to the country's critical infrastructure and services, such as government offices, the country's main port, hospitals, commercial hubs, schools, and water and power utilities. The traffic growth of 2.9% per annum in Nuku'alofa has resulted in congestion on the main and feeder roads into the city center. The heavy traffic congestion restricts regional areas surrounding Nuku'alofa access to employment, education, health, and government services in the city.

Nuku'alofa is on low-lying land, with much of its infrastructure stock susceptible to sea level rise and other climate-induced risks such as storm surges and coastal erosion. Consequently, the entire country's economic and operational vulnerability to disasters resulting from natural hazards, such as tsunami, tropical cyclones, and floods, is extreme.

Impact Transport sector enhanced to sustain economic growth (Tonga Strategic Development Framework 2015-2025).
Outcome Connectivity and road network in Tongatapu improved
Outputs

Fanga'uta Bridge and its approach roads constructed

Capacity of the MOI in road network management and O&M strengthened

Geographical Location Nation-wide
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 Shim, Cha-Sang
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division PATC
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Finance
Vuna Road
Nuku'alofa
Kingdom of Tonga
Timetable
Concept Clearance 09 Apr 2021
Fact Finding 04 Apr 2022 to 08 Apr 2022
MRM 20 Jun 2022
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 12 Apr 2021

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Title Document Type Document Date
Fanga’uta Lagoon Crossing Project: Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Apr 2021

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
TON 53045-002: Fanga’uta Lagoon Crossing Project (CW-01) Invitation for prequalification Closed 19 Apr 2021 11 Jun 2021

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