ADB provides US$1.5 million for pilot road rehabilitation project

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Vietnam today signed a US$1.5 million grant agreement to lay groundwork for a pilot road rehabilitation project that improves traffic safety and climate resilience of the most dangerous and vulnerable segments of the national highway section in the south-central coastal provinces of Ninh Thuan and Binh Thuan.

Deputy Governor Le Minh Hung of the State Bank of Vietnam and ADB Country Director for Vietnam Tomoyuki Kimura signed the grant agreement, funded by the Government of Japan, with the witness of Mr. Junji Kuyama, First Secretary of the Japanese Embassy and other senior officials.

The grant by the Japan fund for Poverty Reduction and administered by ADB will support the Government to address the urgent need for a pilot road rehabilitation project that incorporates traffic safety and climate resilience features in both infrastructure improvement and awareness/capacity enhancement.

Because the project road is a coastal highway, it is extremely vulnerable to the impacts of climate change; especially flooding resulted from a combination of heavy rains and high tides in the sea.

The project will address capacity development of national and local transport authorities and engineering solutions to improve climate resilience of the project road, such as raising vertical alignments, increasing cross-drainage capacities, and stabilizing slopes.

In order to reduce the vulnerability of local populations along the road corridor to the negative impacts of increased traffic safety and climate change risks, the project will conduct road safety awareness campaigns in cooperation with provincial Traffic Safety Committees and local community organizations.

These public awareness campaigns will include effective gender mainstreaming features to develop appropriate methods and communication mediums to reach vulnerable men and women population effectively.

By Uyen Phuong

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