Work commences on final segment of Timor-Leste road project

WCN Editorial Team 18 Sep 2019 ASIA TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

The World Bank has announced the start of rehabilitation work at the 22.6km Laulara to Solerema section of the 110km Dili to Ainaro road corridor in Timor-Leste.

The work is being supported by the International Development Association (IDA) under the Timor-Leste Road Climate Resilience Project. The total cost of the project is $140.85m (£113m).

Once completed, the section will join with the already rehabilitated road from Dili to Ainaro. The upgraded roadworks will have improved drainage, stabilized and reinforced slopes and new pavement, making the road safer and resilient to the effects of weather and natural hazards.

IDA is an arm of the World Bank Group and it had supported the Timor-Leste Road Climate Resilience Project, which aims to deliver sustainable climate resilient road infrastructure on the Dili-Ainaro corridor.

The financing from IDA will support in scaling up the project associated with upgrading the entire Dili-Ainaro road through the rehabilitation of the entire corridor.

World Bank country representative Macmillan Anyanwu said: “This is a very important project in our partnership with Timor-Leste. The Dili-Ainaro road corridor is a major link between the Northern and Southern parts of the country, and one of the most frequently travelled routes in the country.

“The rehabilitation of this road would significantly improve communities’ access to social services, connect farmers to markets, and reduce passengers’ travel time and costs.”

The road works are expected to be completed by next August. Regular maintenance and rectification of rain-damaged sections along the entire 110km corridor are presently taking place.

In 2017, the World Bank extended its support to the project by providing $35.2m (£28.2m) for the project which could help in making the travel between the north and the south of the country, much safer, faster and more reliable.

The support from World Bank also included feasibility studies and detailed designs for potential future road improvements linked to the crucial Dili-Ainaro corridor to address the future project expansion.

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Image: World Bank supported highway project in Timor-Leste has now started. Photo: Courtesy of The World Bank Group.

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