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Georgia: East–West Highway (Shorapani–Argveta Section) Improvement Project

Sovereign (Public) Project | 53178-001 Status: Approved

The Project involves construction of a new road section of the E-60 highway located in Imereti Region of central Georgia. Section F4 forms the Shoropani-Argveta portion of the Khevi-Ubisa-Shorapani-Argveta section of the E-60.

Project Details

Project Officer
Valerie Lisack Central and West Asia Department Request for information
  • Georgia
  • Transport
Project Name East–West Highway (Shorapani–Argveta Section) Improvement Project
Project Number 53178-001
Country Georgia
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 3861-GEO: East-West Highway (Shorapani-Argveta Section) Improvement Project
Ordinary capital resources US$ 278.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Transport / Road transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description The Project involves construction of a new road section of the E-60 highway located in Imereti Region of central Georgia. Section F4 forms the Shoropani-Argveta portion of the Khevi-Ubisa-Shorapani-Argveta section of the E-60.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The loan aims to implement the Road Corridors Development Program to rehabilitate, improve or construct several roads in various regions of Georgia.

The Government of Georgia is endeavoring to make Georgia a regional and logistics hub and more attractive for businesses. The East West Highway (EWH), stretching 410 km from Sarpi on the Black Sea, at the border with Turkey, through the center of the country to the capital Tbilisi and on to the border with Azerbaijan, is the main inter-regional and international route between western and eastern Georgia, as well as its neighboring countries. Representing about 2% of Georgia's road network and one fourth of its international roads, the EWH serves 8,000 to 10,000 vehicles per day and carries over 60% of the country's international trade. The EWH will be an integral part of one of the six key CAREC corridors providing the shortest transit link to connect Central Asia with Europe and East Asia.

In light of the traffic growth on EWH, the high percentage of truck traffic, and the difficult terrain and resulting geometric profiles, capacity expansion of the current 2-lane mountainous section between Chumateleti and Argveta is crucial to realizing full potential of the EWH with improvements to the highway either completed or underway on each side of this section.

Therefore, the Government has requested the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and several other development partners to finance the remaining bottleneck sections (Chumateleti-Argveta) on the EWH. A feasibility study financed under a World Bank project for the Chumateleti Argveta section (comprising four sections F1 through F4) of the EWH was completed in 2015. The detailed design of Section F1 has been completed and selection of the construction Contractor is on-going. Detailed design of sections F2, F3 and F4 is now on-going and this report forms the EIA for detailed design phase of section F4 which will be followed by sections F3 and F2.


Economic growth and regional connectivity supported (Georgia 2020)

Infrastructure and economic connectivity cluster improved (CAREC 2030)

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Efficiency and safety of road transport along the East-West Highway (EWH) improved
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Shorapani and Argveta section constructed

Road safety increased

Overload control implemented

PBM contract implemented

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Argveta, Shorapani
Safeguard Categories
Environment A
Involuntary Resettlement A
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects The project has been classified as environment category A. The draft environmental impact assessment (EIA) was disclosed on 28 May 2019. This draft was submitted and reviewed by ADB and all key elements required for disclosure were present including the use of IFC standards for noise modelling in line with ADB's SPS 2009. The project will have significant adverse impacts that are irreversible and diverse. The alignment will be partially new and will require significant amounts of tunneling and bridge building activities with significant community impacts from resettlement and land conversion. Works will require construction in the Dzirula, Kvirila and Borimela rivers with 10 bridges, resulting in the loss of riparian habitat. Tunneling and cutting will require disposal of spoil during construction of 700,000 cubic meters. Impacts on noise, vibration, air quality, and surface water will occur during construction.
Involuntary Resettlement The project is categorized as A for involuntary resettlement. As per the preliminary inventory, there are 455 APs with 2047 DPs affected by IR. Of these, 379 APs are severely affected, including 21 who are physically displaced. A land acquisition and resettlement plan (LARP) was prepared for JICA and is currently under implementation, approximately 90% completed. A due diligence is being performed on the LARP and a corrective action plan prepared to cover gaps between JICA and ADB policy.
Indigenous Peoples The project is classified as category C for indigenous people. There are no indigenous peoples in the project area as defined in ADB's SPS (2009).
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design

Consultations were carried out with different stakeholders, including local communities in Zestafoni, in particular women, local authority representatives and civil society groups to inform them of the project as well as discuss its social and economic impacts.

Civil society organizations were consulted to discuss community and gender-related issues.

During Project Implementation Civil society organization does not have a specific role during project implementation.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services Consulting firms will be selected and engaged using the quality- and cost-based selection (QCBS) method and quality-based selection (QBS) method, where applicable.
Procurement The procurement of goods, works, and the selection of consultant services will follow the new procurement framework as set out in ADB's Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and the Procurement Regulations for ADB Borrowers (2017, as amended from time to time). Open competitive bidding (OCB) will be adopted for procurement and recruitment activities.
Responsible ADB Officer Valerie Lisack
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia
12 Khazbegi Str. 0160 Tbilisi
Concept Clearance 02 Jul 2019
Fact Finding 15 Jul 2019 to 26 Jul 2019
MRM 12 Sep 2019
Approval 22 Nov 2019
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 22 Nov 2019

Loan 3861-GEO

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
22 Nov 2019 - - 31 Dec 2025 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 367.40 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 278.00 22 Nov 2019 0.00 0.00 0%
Counterpart 89.40 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 22 Nov 2019 0.00 0.00 0%

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Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
53178-GEO: East-West Highway (Shorapani-Argveta Section) Improvement Project [SARP/CW/OCB-01] Invitation for Bids Closed 17 Jun 2019 22 Aug 2019
Construction Supervision Consultant for E-60 Highway F4 Shorapani-Argveta Section Firm - Consulting Closed 01 Jun 2019 30 Jun 2019
53178-GEO: East-West Highway (Shorapani–Argveta Section) Improvement Project Advance Notice Active 29 May 2019

Contracts Awarded

No contracts awarded for this project were found

Procurement Plan

None currently available.