The Bank has encouraged approval by the National Assembly of a new Law on Roads which provides for the creation of a single Road Directorate, reporting to the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Transport for the administration and management of state roads.
Montenegro is currently allocating insufficient funds for the maintenance and renewal of state roads. The project will covenant minimum annual levels of maintenance expenditure with the aim to reach an optimum level by 2008.
The Bank is working closely with the European Union’s European Agency for Reconstruction (EAR) and the authorities of Montenegro on an institutional strengthening programme for the road sector. The objectives of this are:
- Support the new road administration, and assist in developing its administrative, management, financial, planning and procurement functions;
- Update information on road financing and recommend how best to provide an adequate and stable flow of funds to the sector;
- Make recommendations for increased competition for road maintenance;
- Assist in the development of a medium-term (5 years) roads plan.
Environmental impacts associated with the rehabilitation of two sections (18 km and 3 km) of an existing 2 lane transit road and the construction of a third, climbing/passing lane for a part of a 3 km section can be readily identified and assessed in an Environmental Analysis. Preliminary due diligence confirmed that the project will not have significant environmental impacts and will bring about some safety benefits. Any adverse impacts can be efficiently mitigated through project design, planning and work practices. For the above reasons, the EBRD has classified the project B/1.
In accordance with the EBRD Environmental Policy, environmental investigations have been undertaken to assess the current environmental status of the sites and the environmental impacts of the project. A preliminary study on the existing environmental conditions and the environmental impacts of the proposed rehabilitation was carried out by independent consultants. The study was undertaken in accordance with Montenegrin Environmental Law. It builds on the extensive quantity of reports and local information made available to the consultants. Detailed design of the whole scheme has been completed and this provided the basis for the preliminary study.
The investigations showed that the most significant impact of the project is the improvement of road safety. All other impacts are likely to be minor and they can be readily prevented or mitigated.
An Environmental Management Plan (EMP) will be prepared in order to define the environmental measures and procedures that will need to be adopted for the scheme and to identify those responsible for their implementation. The EMP will define the timing, frequency, duration and cost of mitigation measures and integrate these actions within the overall project work plan. The EMP may need to be revised during the course of the project, or alternatively be prepared when the design of the project is completed and the Contractor(s)’ working methods are known and agreed.
Environmental information on the project has been released in accordance with Montenegrin law and EBRD’s public disclosure procedures for B-category projects. An announcement concerning the “Environmental Review Summary” was published in a Montenegrin national newspaper on 21st February 2005. This summary has been translated in local language and made available for public review near the project sites and at the office of the Directorate for Public Roads of Montenegro. The Directorate will complete the permitting process and disclosure of information on the project in accordance with the Montenegrin Environmental Law, including that the Environmental Impact Study will be made available for public review and comments.
The Client will report to EBRD annually on the measured environmental impacts and on the implementation of the EMP. The Bank will evaluate the project's compliance with the applicable environmental and social requirements during the lifetime of the project by reviewing these reports. EBRD environmental specialist may conduct monitoring visits to the site when and if deemed appropriate. In addition, independent environmental monitoring audits may be carried out.
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