Eswatini - Mbabane Bypass Road

Project Summary

Approval Date 17 Dec 2003
Signature Date 25 May 2004
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2007
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Dec 2008
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Transport
DAC Sector Code 21023
Commitment U.A 14,680,595.49
Status Completion

Project General Description

The Mbabane Bypass Road Project (Two International Roads Project Phase 2) supports Government policy for restoring economic growth through improving road transport and developing the main road axis to the RSA, which is its major trading partner. The proposed project, which is a link of the entire Matsapha-Mbabane-Ngwenya road (i.e., Road No. MR3) is one of the most heavily trafficked roads in Swaziland and serves as one of the most important links with RSA. The improvement of the road has international significance and it should improve cross-border international traffic. Domestically, the project should improve the transport service levels (i.e., easy access, road safety and reduction in VOC) as well as enhance the economic opportunities especially in the Mbabane-Ngwenya corridor. The project comprises three main components, namely: (i) Upgrading 5-km of existing two-lane paved road and construction of 6-km road to 50-mm thick asphalt concrete dual carriageway (2x7.0-m lanes per direction) and 2.0-meter wide paved shoulder on each side of the Mbabane Bypass (total length 11 km); (ii) consultant services for the supervision of the civil works; and (iii) project audit services.

Project Objectives

The overall sector goal is to provide efficient and cost effective transport system for both national and international traffic within the country. The objectives of the project are to improve the quality of road transport service levels and reduce vehicle operating costs on the Mbabane Bypass.


The main beneficiaries of the projet are all populations of Hhohho Region, economic operators and others road users.

Participating Organization

African Development Bank
Ministry of Public Works and Transport / Roads Department


IATI identifier 46002-P-SZ-DB0-010
Last Update 04 Dec 2020


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Geographic Location

Country Eswatini