Georgia Upgrades Roads through World Bank Loan
22 March, 2012
Georgia Upgrades Roads through World Bank Loan

The World Bank loan of USD 70 million will help Georgia improve its local roads and reduce travel time. On March 15, 2012, the World Bank Board of Executive Directors approved a loan and credit in the total amount of USD 70 million to Georgia for the Second Auxilliary and Local Roads Project (SLRP II). More Than 150 thousand people in Georgia are supposed to take direct benefit from road Improvement.

The project builds on the ongoing Secondary and Local Roads Project

(SLRP) and complements other projects funded by the WB in the road sector.

“This project will improve local road connections and reduce transport costs for citizens using the rehabilitated roads. This will help spur economic growth and rural development. It will also help create much needed temporary employment in rural areas,” Asad Alam, World Bank Regional Director for the South Caucasus, said.

The Project has two components: rehabilitation and improvement of selected secondary and local roads; and institutional enhancement.

Under the first component, various secondary and local roads throughout the country will be rehabilitated. The Government has identified 19 road sections with a total length of about 225 km for the first two years of project implementation. The first year program will include at least six road sections, with a total length of about 61 km. The second component will help provide advisory services for strengthening the capacity of the Roads Department in identifying, developing, and implementing road safety measures on secondary and local roads, and carrying out project impact evaluation.

The direct project beneficiaries are the residents of the villages along the road sections to be rehabilitated and improved. The number of residents is estimated to be 150 300. Additional beneficiaries would be all road users from different parts of the country. Temporary employment to be created is calculated at 12 thousand person months.

“This project also introduces more efficient rehabilitation and maintenance contracting methods, which would help ensure better road maintenance over time,” Joseph Melitauri, Task Team Leader for the Second Secondary and Local Roads Project, stated.

Ongoing Road Projects in Georgia total USD 440 million. Since 1992, World Bank commitments to Georgia total approximately USD 1.62 billion for 52 projects.

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