Woito Namurauth & Konso Yabelo Road Project


  • Reference: P-ET-DB0-012
  • Appraisal Date: 01/02/2009
  • Board Presentation: 15/09/2009
  • Status: PipelinePIPE
  • Implementing Agency: ETHIOPIAN ROADS AUTHORITY


The project comprises;

(i) civil works for upgrading the Woito-Namraputh (210 km) and Konso-Yabello (105 km) road sections to double bitumen surfaced treatment standard with 7.0-m wide carriageway and 0.5-m shoulders on either side;

(ii) consultancy Services for supervision of the civil works;

(iii) consultancy services for audit; and

(iv) payment of compensation to the project-affected people (PAP).


The specific objective of the project is to improve transport services between Woito and Namraputh and between Konso and Yabello and integrate the zones of influence with the rest of the country.


Phase III of the Road Sector Development Program (RSDP III) has identified the upgrading of the Woito-Namraputh (210 km) and Konso-Yabello (105 km) road sections to bitumen standard as part of removing obstacles and impediments resulting from lack of accessibility of the rural population to economic centers to reduce poverty in line with the objectives of the Plan for Accelerated and Sustained Development to End Poverty (PASDEP). The existing Woito-Namraputh road starts some 640 km from Addis Ababa at Woito 60 km from Konso passing through flat terrain up to higher ground at Turmi. From Turmi the road descends gradually to Omo River Basin crossing the Omo River at Omarate and ccontinues southwards to Namraputh. The road passes through communities in an area with high agricultural potential and therefore an all-weather road will provide access to markets and social services. The existing road is poorly drained and becomes impassable during the rainy season. The existing Konso-Yabello road runs from Konso in the state of Oromiya and links with the north-south highway between Addis Ababa and Moyale at the border with Kenya. Based on the agricultural potential of the area, the Bank financed studies to determine the best option of improving the two roads.

Intervention is consistent with the Bank Group's strategy, which mainly focuses on removal of the constraints posed by poor infrastructure base to support economic development efforts and rural transformation to reduce poverty. The 2006 -2009 result-based Country Strategy Paper (CSP) stresses the provision of support for the effective implementation of the PASDEP with focus on infrastructure development, agricultural transformation and Governance. The improvement of the road network by maintenance and construction of trunk and links to the rural areas and collector roads linking the main agricultural regions with the marketing centers shall contribute to the achievement of the government's food security strategy and program and reinforce the overall poverty reduction objective. The Bank Group intervention in the road sub sector is therefore consistent with the infrastructure pillar of support in the Ethiopia CSP 2006 - 2009 approved by the Board of Directors


After completion there will be benefits resulting from reduction in road user costs and road maintenance savings whic will transmit into reductions in transport costs.

The travelling public will benefit from saving in travel time due to increased speed of travel. Other benfits include comfort, reliability and increased access to transport.

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Estimated Cost

UAC 134,000,000