On June 29 we reported about the Tunisia Road Transport Corridors. This project, worth a total of $231 million, has now been approved by the World Bank Board of Directors.
The Project Development Objectives are (i) to reduce transportation cost and time and improve road safety on select road corridors between lagging regions in Tunisia and more developed areas and (ii) strengthen the Ministry of Equipment’s capacity in road asset management.
This is to be achieved through the following two components:
- Road Corridor Improvement: The proposed project will upgrade about 145.5 km of existing single-lane national and regional road sections on three road corridors. This component would include: (i) 56 km of National Road 12 between Sousse and Kairouan, (ii) about 65 km of National Road 4 between El Fahs and Siliana, and (iii) 24.5 km of Regional Road 133 between Zaghouan and Tunis. Civil works will include widening and upgrading of the road sections when necessary, upgrading of 17 bridges and improvement of 230 culverts, 52 road intersections, traffic signs and implementation of other road safety measures.
- Road Network Management Improvement: The project will support the transformation in the way the Ministry of Equipment manages the road network and plan public investment.