ADB approves $274m financing to upgrade highways in Uzbekistan

WCN Editorial Team 2 Sep 2020 EUROPE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved $274.2m financing to upgrade 240km of highway in the western part of Uzbekistan.

The funding will be used for the reconstruction of a 240km section of the Guzar–Bukhara–Nukus–Beyneu highway in Karakalpakstan as a two-lane, cement concrete road.

The reconstructed roads will link villages to the Guzar–Bukhara–Nukus–Beyneu highway.

Additionally, the funding will be used to improve safety at key sections of the national road network to help expand regional trade and road transport connectivity.

ADB senior transport specialist Pawan Karki said: “As a double-landlocked country, Uzbekistan has made regional connectivity the centerpiece of its transport policy.

“This project will help to develop the country’s potential as a regional transport and logistics hub between Europe and South and East Asia, promoting economic growth.”

The road project will include climate-resilient features and involves the construction of five rest stops with separate sanitary facilities.

To help improve road safety and traffic efficiency, the project will also see the installation of an intelligent transport system along a 100km pilot section of the Tashkent–Namangan.

Additionally, two fully automated weigh-in-motion facilities are planned to be installed at select points of the national road network, to help avoid overloading of vehicles.

Claimed to be one of the region’s key trade routes, the Guzar–Bukhara–Nukus–Beyneu highway forms part of Corridor 2 of the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) programme, which aims to promote economic growth and development through regional cooperation.

The programme is a partnership of 11 countries including Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, the People’s Republic of China, Georgia, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Mongolia, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

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M39 Highway in Uzbekistan. (Credit: Yoshi Canopus/Wikipedia)

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