Project Details
Highway Project

The project consists of three parts:

A. Road rehabilitation
  • Upgrading of selected sections of the existing East–West Highway, including reconstruction, resurfacing and leveling of the sections to achieve a high quality road; widening the shoulders of the roadway; replacement, widening, or strengthening of bridges in need of repair; improvement of drainage; and installation of road markings and road signs;
  • construction of a bypass around the city of Tovuz; and
  • pilot programs for rural roads maintenance.

B. Institutional strengthening
  • Provision of technical assistance, training, audit services, and goods to strengthen the institutional capacity and assist in the restructuring and modernization of Azyol.

C. Project management
  • Provision of goods, consultant services, audit services and incremental operating costs to the project implementation unit to improve project implementation capacity.
Expected Outcome:The project will promote trade and economic growth by improving access and lowering transport costs for goods and passenger traffic moving along the East-West Highway.
Expected Outputs:
  • Selected sections of the East–West Highway reconstructed, new bypass in Tovuz built, and rural road maintenance programs implemented;
  • institutional capacity of Azyol strengthened and the company restructured and modernized; and
  • capacity improved of project implementation unit.
Date Approved:2001
Expected Completion:2009
Funding Type:Loan
Funding Amount:World Bank: $40 million
Government of Azerbaijan: $6.5 million
European Union-Technical Assistance for the Commonwealth of Independent States: $1.5 million
Links/Documents:World Bank Project Page