ADB approves $67m loan to improve road network in Southern Tajikistan

WCN Editorial Team 20 Nov 2020 ASIA TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has agreed to provide $67m financing to improve road network sustainability in Southern Tajikistan.

The project is to enhance the safety and reliability of the national road network in the region.

The financing will be used to rehabilitate two existing national road sections in the Khatlon Region, which is from Dangara to Okmazor (28.7km) and from Hulbuk to Kangurt (59.5km), supporting traffic volumes of 4,200 vehicles and 1,300 vehicles per day, respectively.

The two sections will connect to the Asian Highway 66, which is claimed to be a vital road connection between Asian and European countries.

By improving connectivity and competitiveness of key national roads that connect to international corridors, the project will contribute to Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) programme’s goals.

Additionally, the project will also help the country’s Ministry of Transport in implementing a road asset management system.

The system will develop a data inventory of Tajikistan’s arterial highways and train staff to collect and analyse condition data.

This database will help the government of Tajikistan to prepare annual maintenance plans as well as to ensure the budget for maintenance.

ADB Central and West Asia transport specialist Rika Idei said: “Tajikistan relies heavily on road transport for international and domestic movement of goods and people.

“But much of the national road network has deteriorated and is unsafe, hindering the livelihoods and daily economic activities of local people.

“The project will help to strengthen Tajikistan’s road network by introducing important climate change adaptation, disaster risk management, and road safety features.”

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ADB’s grant will rehabilitate two existing national road sections in the Khatlon Region. (Credit: Asian Development Bank.)  

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