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Georgia: Preparing the East-West Highway (Shorapani-Argveta Section) Improvement Project

Sovereign (Public) Project | 53178-002 Status: Active

The Government of Georgia, through the Roads Department (RD) of the Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure, is planning capacity expansion of the current 2-lane mountainous section of the East West Highway (Highway E60) between Chumateleti and Argveta in central Georgia, a distance of about 53 km, through mountainous terrain. The Government has requested the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and several other development partners to finance this expansion program.

Project Details

Project Officer
Valerie Lisack Central and West Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • Georgia
Sector
  • Transport
 
Project Name Preparing the East-West Highway (Shorapani-Argveta Section) Improvement Project
Project Number 53178-002
Country Georgia
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9755-GEO: Preparing the East-West Highway (Shorapani-Argveta Section) Improvement Project
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 200,000.00
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 Some gender elements
Description The Government of Georgia, through the Roads Department (RD) of the Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure, is planning capacity expansion of the current 2-lane mountainous section of the East West Highway (Highway E60) between Chumateleti and Argveta in central Georgia, a distance of about 53 km, through mountainous terrain. The Government has requested the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and several other development partners to finance this expansion program.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The Government of Georgia is committed to developing the country as a regional transport and logistics hub for trade between Europe and Central Asia and even East Asia. 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. The EWH represents about 2% of Georgia's road network length, one fourth of its international road network and carries over 60% of the country's foreign trade. The EWH serves 13,000 vehicles per day (vpd) on average, with a traffic growth rate of over 10% per annum since 2005. After Georgia's admission to CAREC in 2016, the EWH has been an integral part of one of the six key CAREC corridors providing the shortest transit link connecting Central Asia with Europe and East Asia.

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 World Bank and EIB are cofinancing section F1 of about 11km from Chumateleti to Khevi. Procurement for civil works is on-going. Detailed design of the approximate 42 km section, sections F2, F3, and F4 between Khevi and Argveta, have been finalized under an ongoing ADB loan (Loan 2843-GEO). L3715-GEO: East-West Highway (Khevi Ubisa Section) Improvement Project (F2) was approved by ADB on 27 September 2018, the civil works contract was awarded on 20 November 2018 with mobilization advance disbursed on 21 December 2018. Contractor mobilization is expected in May 2019. The E-60 Ubisa Shorapani Section F3 (FL 20160404) was approved by the EIB on 3 September 2018, the civil works contract was awarded on 21 November 2018 with mobilization advance also disbursed in December 2018. Contractor mobilization is expected in June 2019. F4 Shorapani Argveta Road Section (E60 Highway) was prepared for financing by JICA through a tied loan. However, the bidding process which took place in 2018 was not successful. The Government is now considering ADB financing for this section. The section improvement requires the construction of 12 tunnels (6 double tubes), 12 bridges (10 long span, 2 short span), 4 interchanges and several deep cuttings and high embankments with a total length of 14.8 km. While there are some similarities between the 2 institutions' requirements, the proposed project's documentation (such as EIA, LARP, bidding documents, etc.) finalized in 2018 needs to be adjusted to be in line with ADB's standards and policies and updated to reflect the new timeline. Other than the on-going land acquisition which will need to be comprehensively verified, the due diligence is not expected to be lengthy or substantial, especially since ADB financed the initial project preparation.

The proposed project will improve the Shorapani Argveta section (F4) of the East West Highway. Further, the project's focus on climate resilient design will contribute to the sustainability of Georgia's road network. The outcome of the project is Efficiency and safety of road transport along the EWH improved. The project will be aligned with the following impacts: (i) economic growth and regional connectivity supported (Georgia 2020),2 and (ii) competitive corridors across the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) region established (CAREC Program). The project is in line with the government's Georgia 2020 Strategy and fits with ADB's Strategy 2030.

The proposed small-scale technical assistance (SSTA) will ensure that the project will be prepared to acceptable technical, safeguards, and procurement standards. The ensuing project is expected to meet the _high readiness_ criteria before Board consideration.

Impact
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Argveta, Shorapani
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services ADB will engage international consultants to assist ADB and MRDI with preparing the project to the standard required for processing ADB financing. The consultants will be recruited in accordance with ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and its associated project administration instructions and/or staff instructions. Other required position are as follows: (i) Climate Risks & Vulnerabilities Specialist, (ii) Financial Management Specialist, (iii) Road Safety Specialist, (iv) Transport Economist, (v) Social Development Specialist, (vi) Road Transport Specialist, (vii) Gender & Social Development Consultant
Procurement N/A
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
Georgia
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 02 Jul 2019
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 02 Jul 2019

TA 9755-GEO

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
02 Jul 2019 - 02 Jul 2019 31 Dec 2025 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
200,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 200,000.00 02 Jul 2019 0.00

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Gender Consultant Individual - Consulting Closed 05 Jun 2019 14 Jun 2019
Road Transport Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 04 Jun 2019 10 Jun 2019

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