Project Details
CAREC Corridor I (Bishkek-Torugart Road), Phase 1
Country:Kyrgyz Republic
Sector:Transport
Summary:The project, which is part of the country’s approximately 490-kilometer (km) north–south road corridor from Bishkek to the border with the People's Republic of China (PRC) at Torugart pass, involves
  • improvement of a 39 km road stretch from km 400 to km 439 (within Char Pass–Ak Beit Pass section), including earthworks, pavement and drainage works, and reconstruction of one bridge;
  • modernization of customs infrastructure at the Kyrgyz Republic–PRC border crossing to Torugart, including rehabilitation and repair of customs facilities, and provision of customs operations and control equipment;
  • project management support, including consulting services for construction supervision and project preparation, monitoring and evaluation; and for external financial audit of project accounts; and
  • sector policy and institutional support, including development of a transport sector master plan (2010–2025) and capacity building Bishkek–Torugart Road Corridor Management Department.
Expected Outcome:The project will reduce transport costs and foster trade and tourism between the Kyrgyz Republic and People's Republic of China.
Expected Outputs:
  • Improved 39 km road stretch from km 400 to km 439 (within Char Pass–Ak Beit Pass section);
  • modernized customs infrastructure at the Kyrgyz Republic–PRC border crossing to Torugart;
  • strengthened capacity in construction supervision, monitoring and evaluation; and
  • a transport sector master plan (2010–2025) adopted by the government and a fully operational Bishkek–Torugart Road Corridor Management Department.
Date Approved:2008
Status:Completed
Expected Completion:2013
Funding Type:Grant
Funding Amount:Asian Development Bank: $20 million
Government of the Kyrgyz Republic: $10.3 million
Links/Documents:ADB Project Page