APPROVAL DATE: June 24, 2016 SECTOR: TRANSPORT - Roads and Highways REGION: TAJIKISTAN

Tajikistan: Dushanbe-Uzbekistan Border Road Improvement Project

Project Description:

AIIB approved a loan of $27.5 million for the Dushanbe-Uzbekistan Border Road Improvement Project on June 24, 2016. The Project is cofinanced by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, which contributes an amount of $62.5 million, for a total project cost of $105.9 million.

The Project will enhance the connectivity and mobility along the Tajikistan segment of the Asian Highway Network and the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridor 3. Under the Project, the 5-km section will be rehabilitated and upgraded between Avicenna Roundabout and West Gate of the Dushanbe-Uzbekistan border road. The project road - the last missing section of the Asian Highway Network and the CAREC Corridor 3 in Tajikistan’s territory - was built 30 years ago and is currently in a poor condition.  The Project will help increase national and regional trade, reduce traffic congestion, and improve road safety.

The Project has a road rehabilitation and reconstruction work component, and a consultancy service component to provide construction supervision. The detailed engineering design of the road work component has been completed. The scope will include:

(1) Constructing a 3-level traffic interchange and related pedestrian under-passes at 82nd roundabout;

(2) Building a 3-level traffic interchange at Avicenna roundabout;

(3) Constructing two 2-level traffic interchanges at key local road crossings;

(4) Widening the Project road to dual 4 lanes;

(5) Improving adjacent intersecting roads;

(6) Reconstructing pavements;

(7) Constructing several pedestrian underpasses.

The Ministry of Transport of Tajikistan is the project executing agency. The project implementation period is from December 2016 to December 2020. Improving the Dushanbe-Uzbekistan border road is essential to promoting economic growth in Tajikistan and trade in Central Asia. The Project will help increase national and regional trade, reduce traffic congestion, and improve road safety.

Responsible AIIB Officer

Wang Hong

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