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

Sovereign Project | 53178-001

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
    Naqvi, Zaigham Ali Akbar
    Sectors Group
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Georgia
  • Sector
    • Transport
Project Name
East–West Highway (Shorapani–Argveta Section) Improvement Project
Project Number
53178-001
Country / Economy
  • Georgia
Project Status
Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance
  • Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 3861-GEO: East-West Highway (Shorapani-Argveta Section) Improvement Project
Source Amount
Ordinary capital resources US$ 278.00 million
Operational Priorities
  • OP1: Addressing remaining poverty and reducing inequalities
  • OP2: Accelerating progress in gender equality
  • OP3: Tackling climate change, building climate and disaster resilience, and enhancing environmental sustainability
  • OP6: Strengthening governance and institutional capacity
  • OP7: Fostering regional cooperation and integration
Sector / Subsector
  • Transport / Road transport (non-urban)

Gender
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.

Impact

Economic growth and regional connectivity supported (Georgia Socio-Economic Development Strategy 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
As of 31 December 2023, estimated progress of executed works for the Shorapani-Argveta Section (F4) is about 79%.

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)

1. Works are ongoing on bridges, tunnels, and highways. With the current pace of progress, completion of works is expected by mid-2024.

2. Consultants for road safety awareness and entrepreneurship and livelihood development training have been recruited and activities are ongoing.

3a. All deliverables under the 38 Portable Scales contract have been completed, goods were delivered on site, and training conducted for installation and commissioning of the goods.

3b. Procurement of weigh-in-motion equipment is expected to commence in Q2 2024.

4. PBM component is proposed to be cancelled as the government considers it pre-mature to implement at the present time.

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.

Contact

Responsible ADB Officer
Naqvi, Zaigham Ali Akbar
Responsible ADB Department
Sectors Group
Responsible ADB Division
Transport Sector Office (SG-TRA)
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia

Timetable

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
23 Feb 2024

Funding

Loan 3861-GEO

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
22 Nov 2019 27 Nov 2019 08 Jan 2020 31 Dec 2025 - -
Financing Plan
  Total (Amount in US$ million)
Project Cost 367.40
ADB 278.00
Counterpart 89.40
Cofinancing 0.00
Loan Utilization
  Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards 06 Jun 2024 183.31 0.00 67%
Cumulative Disbursements 06 Jun 2024 167.19 0.00 61%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory - - Satisfactory

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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
East-West Highway (Shorapani-Argveta Section) Improvement Project: Environmental Monitoring Report (July-December 2023) Environmental Monitoring Reports Jan 2024
East-West Highway (Shorapani-Argveta Section) Improvement Project: Social Monitoring Report (January-June 2023) Social Monitoring Reports Dec 2023
East-West Highway (Shorapani-Argveta Section) Improvement Project: Environmental Monitoring Report (January-June 2023) Environmental Monitoring Reports Jul 2023
East-West Highway (Shorapani-Argveta Section) Improvement Project: Social Monitoring Report (July-December 2022) Social Monitoring Reports May 2023
East-West Highway (Shorapani-Argveta Section) Improvement Project: Environmental Monitoring Report (July-December 2022) Environmental Monitoring Reports Jan 2023
East-West Highway (Shorapani-Argveta Section) Improvement Project: Social Monitoring Report (Compliance Report No. 4) Social Monitoring Reports Sep 2022
East-West Highway (Shorapani-Argveta Section) Improvement Project: Social Monitoring Report (January-June 2022) Social Monitoring Reports Jul 2022
East-West Highway (Shorapani-Argveta Section) Improvement Project: Environmental Monitoring Report (January-June 2022) Environmental Monitoring Reports Jul 2022
East-West Highway (Shorapani-Argveta Section) Improvement Project: E60 Highway Section F4 Addendum no. 2 Land Acquisition and Resettlement Plan Resettlement Plans Jun 2022
East-West Highway (Shorapani-Argveta Section) Improvement Project: Environmental Monitoring Report (July-December 2021) Environmental Monitoring Reports Jan 2022
East-West Highway (Shorapani-Argveta Section) Improvement Project: Social Monitoring Report (July-December 2021) Social Monitoring Reports Jan 2022
East-West Highway (Shorapani-Argveta Section) Improvement Project: Social Monitoring Report (Compliance Report No. 3) Social Monitoring Reports Dec 2021
East-West Highway (Shorapani-Argveta Section) Improvement Project: Environmental Monitoring Report (January-June 2021) Environmental Monitoring Reports Aug 2021
East-West Highway (Shorapani-Argveta Section) Improvement Project: Social Monitoring Report (January-June 2021) Social Monitoring Reports Jul 2021
East-West Highway (Shorapani-Argveta Section) Improvement Project: Social Monitoring Report (Compliance Report No. 2) Social Monitoring Reports May 2021
East-West Highway (Shorapani-Argveta Section) Improvement Project: Social Monitoring Report (July-December 2020) Social Monitoring Reports Jan 2021
East-West Highway (Shorapani-Argveta Section) Improvement Project: Environmental Monitoring Report (July-December 2020) Environmental Monitoring Reports Jan 2021
East-West Highway (Shorapani-Argveta Section) Improvement Project: Bi-Annual Social Monitoring Report (January-June 2020) Social Monitoring Reports Nov 2020
East-West Highway (Shorapani-Argveta Section) Improvement Project: Segments 1 to 7 Social Monitoring Report (Compliance Report No. 1) Social Monitoring Reports Oct 2020
East-West Highway (Shorapani-Argveta Section) Improvement Project: E60 Highway Section F4 Addendum Land Acquisition and Resettlement Plan Resettlement Plans Aug 2020
East-West Highway (Shorapani-Argveta Section) Improvement Project: Environmental Monitoring Report (January-June 2020) Environmental Monitoring Reports Jul 2020
East-West Highway (Shorapani-Argveta Section) Improvement Project: Environmental Impact Assessment Environmental Impact Assessments Oct 2019
East-West Highway (Shorapani-Argveta Section) Improvement Project: E60 Highway Section F4 Land Acquisition and Resettlement Plan Resettlement Plans Oct 2019
East-West Highway (Shorapani-Argveta Section) Improvement Project: Safeguards Due Diligence Report Safeguards Due Diligence Reports Sep 2019
East-West Highway (Shorapani-Argveta Section) Improvement Project: E60 Highway Section F4 Land Acquisition and Resettlement Plan Resettlement Plans Aug 2019
East-West Highway (Shorapani-Argveta Section) Improvement Project: Environmental Impact Assessment Environmental Impact Assessments May 2019

Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

None currently available.


Related Publications

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  • 29 Mar 2023 | Video

    Developing Georgia’s Transport Corridors

    ADB supports the development of Georgia’s transport corridors from the East-West Highway to the North-South Corridor to help grow its economy by improving local and regional connectivity and making travel faster and safer for locals and tourists.
  • 25 Nov 2019 | News Release

    ADB to Help Construct, Improve Part of Georgia's East–West Highway

    ADB has approved a $278 million loan (in euro equivalent) to construct and rehabilitate about 30 kilometers of main and secondary roads between the towns of Shorapani and Argveta on Georgia’s East–West Highway..

Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
3861-GEO: East-West Highway (Shorapani-Argveta Section) Improvement Project [SARP/GD/OCB-01] Invitation for Bids Closed
Project Implementation Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Road Asset Management Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
RESETTLEMENT EXTERNAL MONITORING CONSULTANT Individual - Consulting Closed
53178-GEO: East-West Highway (Shorapani-Argveta Section) Improvement Project [SARP/CW/OCB-01] Invitation for Bids Closed
Construction Supervision Consultant for E-60 Highway F4 Shorapani-Argveta Section Firm - Consulting Closed
53178-GEO: East-West Highway (Shorapani–Argveta Section) Improvement Project Advance Notice Active

Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor | Address Executing Agency Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
CONSTRUCTION SUPERVISION CONSULTANT FOR THE E60 HIGHWAY F4 SHORAPANI-ARGVETA PROJECT Loan 3861 19 May 2020 JV UBM ULUSLARARASI AND SMEC INTL PTY LTD | KAZIM OZALP MAH. RESIT GALIP CADDESI NO: 94 G.O.P. CANKAYA/ANKARA TURKEY Min. of Regional Dev't.& Infrastructure of Georgia 7,276,541.58 6,253,573.29
CONSTRUCTION OF SHORAPANI-ARGVETA SECTION (E60 HIGHWAY ROUTE) Loan 3861 21 Jan 2020 JV GUIZHOU HWAY ENG & CHINA NATL TECH IMP&EXP | NO 305, SOUTH SECTION OF BAIYUN AVENUE YUNYAN DISTRICT, GUIYANG CITY, GUIZHOU CHINA,PEOPLE'SREP.OF Min. of Regional Dev't.& Infrastructure of Georgia 201,943,619.30 165,766,450.30

Procurement Plan

Title Document Type Document Date
East–West Highway (Shorapani–Argveta Section) Improvement Project: Procurement Plan Procurement Plans Feb 2022