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Serbia 2008 Joint Portfolio

Performance Review
TRANSPORT REHABILITATION PROJECT
AND ADDITIONAL FINANCING
October 23, 2008

Transport Rehabilitation
Project Development Objective:
The project helps the Government of Serbia in reducing cost and improving safety for road users
through:
(a) improving the condition of selected road sections of the main and regional road network;
(b) improving the effectiveness of road maintenance through the introduction of performance-based
contracting in two pilot regions; and
(c) introducing safe road design principles, road safety audits and targeted improvement measures.

Transport Rehabilitation Project:


Credit/Loan type: IDA, No 3909YF
Approval date:
May 25, 2004.
Signing: June 06, 2004.
Effectiveness:
September 07, 2004.
Closing Date:
December 31, 2008.
Credit/Loan Amt: $55.0 mill.
Cntrp Funds:
$6.25 mill.
Disbursement:
80%

Additional Financing:
Credit/Loan type: IBRD, No 7463-YF
Approval date:
June 20, 2007.
Signing: July 07, 2007.
Effectiveness:
under preparation
Closing Date:
June 30, 2011.
Credit/Loan Amt: $50.0 mill.
Cntrp Funds:
$5.91 mill.
Disbursement:
/

Transport Rehabilitation
Project comprise:

Road Routine Maintenance Pilot


Project based on Performance
Based Contracts (apprx. 1200 km)
Pavement rehabilitation of
selected sections of main road
network (7 sections in total length
of 240 km)
Institutional strengthening of
Road Directorate (establishing of
Road Asset Management and
procurement of traffic counters)

Transport Rehabilitation

Transport Rehabilitation
Introduction of RWIS for winter maintenance

Transport Rehabilitation
Key results:

The project includes a major program of rehabilitation with 50.5 km of roads


completed, 68 km should be finished by the end of October 2008, with a further
37.5 km on schedule to be completed by the end of December 2008;
In two regions (Mava and Kolubara), a hybrid maintenance contract for winter
and routine maintenance was piloted on 1,200 km of roads:

cost of winter maintenance were 50% less then overall in Serbia (207.8 Euro/Km vs.
572.3 Euro/Km in the mild winter 2006/07, and 510 Euro/Km compared to 1282
Euro/Km in the winter 2007/08)
road safety was improved-number of deaths per 10,000 vehicles was decreased from 6
to 2.4 in Mava Region and from 4.49 to 2.26 in Kolubara
The Public Enterprise Putevi Srbije is now extending the approach to the other 25
regions of Serbia.

Average road roughness was decreased-from 6 to 4.14 in Pilot Districts and from
5 to 3.77 in rehabilitated road sections

Transport Rehabilitation
Examples of well done job!

before

after

Transport Rehabilitation
Examples of well done job!

before

after

Transport Rehabilitation
Examples of well done job!

before

after

Transport Rehabilitation
Key Issues

Additional Financing has not become effective yet


Readiness of the road rehabilitation projects for financing
Only 5% of the training budget has been spent so far
Capacity of PIT to manage the workload accorded to the PIT,
in addition to their responsibilities under the project

Transport Rehabilitation
Key Recommendations:

Ensure that the subsidiary agreement and the legal opinion


showing that Loan Agreements is legally binding before
effectiveness are prepared and submitted to the Bank
Ensure timely defining of the road sections that will be a
subject of the rehabilitation and submit status of its preliminary
and main designs
Prepare a new training plan
Ensure the workload accorded to the PIT, in addition to their
responsibilities under the project, is consistent with capacity,
and will not hinder or impair their ability to undertake their
responsibilities to the project;

Transport Rehabilitation
Key Recommendations:

Ensure the work of PIT is fully integrated with, and meets the
needs of, the relevant Departments in the Public Enterprise;
Ensure the marked benefits and lessons learned by the piloting
of the hybrid winter and routine maintenance contracts are
spread to other regions of Serbia;
Minimize, except where absolutely necessary, turnover in the
PIT to ensure continuity and smooth implementation; and
Ensure that the benefits of the capacity building and technical
assistance under the project, specifically the establishment of
the Asset Management System and the revision of the Design
and Construction Standards are fully supported and realized.