45169-001: Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridor 3 (Bishkek-Osh Road) Improvement Project, Phase 4

Project Data Sheet (PDS): Details

Description

The project will improve national and regional connectivity by reconstructing and rehabilitating an estimated 120 km of crucial road sections between Bishkek and Osh, and will include road safety measures such as road signs, lane markings, street lighting, parking areas, bus stops, crash barriers, and sidewalks. The impact of the project will be enhanced regional connectivity and trade via CAREC Corridor 3. The outcome will be improved efficiency and safer movement of goods and people on the Bishkek Osh road. The project outputs will be (i) 52.5 km of rehabilitated road from Bishkek to Kara Balta, (ii) 67 km of rehabilitated road from Madaniyat to Jalalabad, (iii) strengthened road asset management system, and (iv) improved road safety.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

ADB has assisted the Kyrgyz Republic in rehabilitating 320 kilometers (km) of the 655 km Bishkek Osh road in three phases. All three projects were rated successful and highly relevant in the performance evaluation report by ADB s Independent Evaluation Department in 2010. Other development partners, such as the Japan Bank for International Cooperation and the Islamic Development Bank, also recognize the importance of this road. Overall, development partners have assisted the government in rehabilitating more than 539 km (about 82%) of the Bishkek Osh road. However, because of funding limitations, there are still two sections that need urgent attention: Bishkek to Kara-Balta and Madaniyat to Jalal-Abad. These two sections are in very poor condition, with an international roughness index above 7 and truck and bus average travel speed of less than 50 kilometers per hour (km/h), and are unable to provide the required level of service. They pose traffic hazards to road users and pedestrian traffic. In addition to connecting the poorest population needing access to services, goods, and markets and enhancing regional connectivity, upgrading the Bishkek Osh road will improve safety for all road users.

Impact

Enhanced regional connectivity and trade via CAREC Corridor 3

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome

Improved efficiency and safer movements of goods and people on the Bishkek- Osh Road

Progress Towards Outcome

Project is at early stage of implementation. It is expected that outcome can be achieved on time.

Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs

Reconstructed road from Bishkek to Kara-Balta Institutional capacity strengthened

Status of Operation/Construction or Implementation Progress

The engineering and supervision consultant has been mobilized in late January 2015. Detailed design is expected by June 2015. Procurement activities for both the Bishkek-Kara Balta civil works and performance-based maintenance contract will then start.

Safeguard Categories

Environment: B
Involuntary Resettlement: B
Indigenous Peoples: C

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspect

The IEE and EMP will be updated during the detailed design stage.

Involuntary Resettlement

The draft LARP will be updated during detailed design stage.

Indigenous Peoples

The project affects neither indigenous peoples nor vulnerable groups. General positive economic and social impacts are expected in areas traversed by the road sections.

Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation

During Project Design

Meetings with NGOs and local residents were held during project design.

During Project Implementation

Meetings with NGOs and local residents will be held during implementation.

Status of Covenants

Category Rating
Loan 3056
Sector Satisfactory
Social Satisfactory
Financial Satisfactory
Economic
Others Satisfactory
Safeguards Satisfactory
Project Financial Statements
Grant 0366
Sector Satisfactory
Social Satisfactory
Financial Satisfactory
Economic
Others Satisfactory
Safeguards Satisfactory
Project Financial Statements
Loan -
Sector
Social
Financial
Economic
Others
Safeguards
Project Financial Statements

 

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