Project Data Sheet

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PDS Creation Date 24 Nov 2006
PDS Updated as of 08 Dec 2010

Project Name Shaanxi Roads Development
Country China, People's Republic of
Project/Program Number 30424-013
Status Approved
Geographical Location Shaanxi Province
In preparing any country program or strategy, financing any project, or by making any designation of, or reference to, a particular territory or geographic area in this document, the Asian Development Bank does not intend to make any judgments as to the legal or other status of any territory or area.
Sector Transport and ICT
Subsector Road Transport
Strategic Agendas
Drivers of Change
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Categories


Type/Modality of Assistance Approval Number Source of Funding Approved Amount (thousand)

Safeguard Categories

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Environment A
Involuntary Resettlement A
Indigenous Peoples C

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

The environmental impact assessment concluded that there would be no major adverse environmental impacts provided the recommended mitigation measures are implemented. In addition to following ADB s Environmental Guidelines for Selected Infrastructure Development Projects, all applicable national, provincial, municipal, and local government laws, regulations, guidelines, and standards will be complied with during implementation and operation, in all civil works components. To ensure that environmental impacts of project construction and operation are minimized, the environmental monitoring program and mitigation measures, costing about $4.5 million equivalent, as specified in the EIA and the summary EIA, will be implemented. The main mitigation measures require that (i) appropriate countermeasures be taken to reduce noise for the residents near the alignment; (ii) preventive measures such as planting of trees and grasses, and construction of side ditches, torrent chutes, slope walls, and retaining walls be adopted to prevent soil erosion; and (iii) adverse impacts at borrow and spoil sites be mitigated through contracts containing environmental covenants and by supervising contractors during implementation. SPG authorities are enhancing their capacity for monitoring vehicle emissions. SXECL will monitor vehicle emissions on the expressway in cooperation with the local environmental protection bureau, traffic police, and other related organizations. Social issues included resettlement and poverty reduction impact. Land acquisition and resettlement impacts were minimized through the following actions: (i) aligning the expressway away from areas with high population densities and by avoiding historical sites; (ii) minimizing the acquisition of cultivated land, and occupying wasteland where possible; (iii) avoiding villages with lower per capita farmland; (iv) reducing the number of interchanges from 13 to 10; and (v) reducing the width of the expressway median. To strengthen the poverty reduction impact, three main features received particular attention: first, the expressway was designed with attention to social and poverty issues; second, the local road component was selected mainly on the poverty criteria; and third, the Project will maximize the use of poor people for the unskilled labor jobs during project construction.

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation

Direct public involvement has been an ongoing element in developing and designing the Project. Public participation and consultation occurred (i) as part of the process of investigating alternative routes and sites for project facilities and design alternatives, including selection of local roads; (ii) in preparing the social analysis, EIA, and the resettlement plan; (iii) to inform the affected people about the project objectives and to understand their priorities, needs, and concerns; and (iv) through dialogue with the county and township representatives and local nongovernment organizations in the project area, to ensure that local concerns are adequately addressed in the project design and local support and cooperation are gained during implementation. Consultations were also carried out in selected townships served by the local roads included in the Project. The findings confirmed that the local residents perceived the Project as supportive in improving their living conditions through improved access to social services and employment opportunities. Between July 1998 and June 2000, over 500 people were consulted to gain insights for project formulation and design.

During Project Design
During Project Implementation


The objective of the Project is to enhance economic development and reduce poverty in Shaanxi Province. The Project will (i) improve access of agricultural and industrial products to markets; (ii) improve access of rural population to economic opportunities, employment, and social services; (iii) attract investment by lowering transport costs in the Project area; and (iv) reduce congestion and accidents on the existing roads. The Project scope includes: (i) construction of about 176 km of four-lane access-controlled toll expressway between Yumenkou and Yanliang including interchanges with toll stations, connecting roads, ridges, administrative stations, and service areas; (ii) improvement of about 627 km of local roads servicing poor counties and townships; (iii) procurement of equipment for maintenance and management, toll collection, communications, construction quality control, traffic monitoring, and road safety; (iv) land acquisition and resettlement; and (v) consulting services for construction supervision, monitoring and evaluation, and training.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Despite the considerable investments in the road sector, the road network in the PRC is still inadequate, and does not provide efficient transport access to large parts of the country, particularly in the poorer inland regions, including Shaanxi Province. Better transport links are necessary to improve economic efficiency, foster domestic and international trade, facilitate interregional integration, and reduce poverty. The western PRC lacks high class road infrastructure in and out of the region, and among and within the provinces in the region. The development of the road network is needed to ensure that the impact of investments in transport infrastructure reaches poor areas and rural residents in the hinterlands, and that resultant economic and social benefits are widely spread. To enhance economic development and reduce poverty in the western part of PRC, the Government adopted the long-term Western Development Strategy, which will be the key theme of the Tenth Five-Year Plan (2001-2005). The Strategy aims to reduce development disparities between the western region and the coastal region; and undertake environmental and ecological protection, and natural resources management. For the road sector, the Strategy aims to (i) facilitate economic development and poverty reduction in the western region, (ii) link the western region with the central and eastern regions, (iii) provide access to the trade outlets for the western region at the eastern and southern seaports, and (iv) promote regional cooperation with the neighboring countries to the west and southwest of the PRC. The proposed Project will be a part of the National Trunk Highway System in Shaanxi Province and will improve the access of Xi'an, Chengdu, and other cities in the poor western provinces to Beijing and the eastern and southern seaports.

Development Impact

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Towards Outcome

Outputs and Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Status of Development Objectives
Status of Operation / Construction
Material Changes

Business Opportunities

Date of First Listing 2006 Nov 24
Consulting Services
The Project requires about 44 person-months of international consulting services with expertise in project management, bridge construction, road safety, quality control, human resource development, training, and project performance management system. About 7,200 person-months of construction supervision services will be undertaken by domestic consultants. Technical proposals submitted by the consultants are being evaluated by the Executing Agency.
All procurement to be financed under the ADB loan is carried out in accordance with the ADB's Guidelines for Procurement and will include expressway civil works, local road civil works, building and ancillary facilities, and equipment. Advance action for procurement was approved on 15 March 2001. Prequalification applications have been received by the prospective contractors, and a prequalification evaluation report is being prepared by the Executing Agency.
Procurement and Consulting Notices


Concept Clearance 13 Mar 1998
Fact-finding 27 Nov 2000 to 07 Dec 2000
Management Review Meeting 14 Feb 2001
Approval 30 Aug 2001


Approval No. Approval Signing Effectivity Closing
Original Revised Actual
Loan 1838 30 Aug 2001 10 Jun 2002 08 Nov 2002 31 Mar 2006 31 Jul 2009 07 Jan 2010


Date Approval Number ADB (US$ thousand) Others (US$ thousand) Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards
29 Jun 2015 Loan 1838 220,381 0 89.00%
Cumulative Disbursements
29 Jun 2015 Loan 1838 248,463 0 100.00%

Status of Covenants

Covenants are categorized under the following categories—audited accounts, safeguards, social, sector, financial, economic, and others. Covenant compliance is rated by category by applying the following criteria: (i) Satisfactory—all covenants in the category are being complied with, with a maximum of one exception allowed, (ii) Partly Satisfactory—a maximum of two covenants in the category are not being complied with, (iii) Unsatisfactory—three or more covenants in the category are not being complied with. As per the 2011 Public Communications Policy, covenant compliance ratings for Project Financial Statements apply only to projects whose invitation for negotiation falls after 2 April 2012.

Approval No. Category
Sector Social Financial Economic Others Safeguards Project Financial Statements
Loan 1838

Contacts and Update Details

Responsible ADB Officer Wen Zhang (
Responsible ADB Department East Asia Department
Responsible ADB Divisions Transport and Communications Division, EARD
Executing Agencies Shaanxi Provincial Communications Department
Tian Quanliang


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