Tunisia - Road Project VI

Project Summary

Approval Date 15 Sep 2010
Signature Date 15 Nov 2010
Planned Completion Date 31 Mar 2021
Last Disbursement Planned Date 30 Jun 2021
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Transport
DAC Sector Code 21023
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 186,580,439.1
Status Completion

Project General Description

Road Project VI is part of the ongoing transport sector upgrading strategy initiated by the Tunisian Government under previous five-year development plans. This project is the second instalment of the Road Insfracture Investment Program financed by the Bank under the Eleventh Economic and Social Development Plan (2007-2011). This project was designed to address the capacity constraints (pavement width and structural condition) of the classified road network which currently does not provide acceptable levels of service for traffic volumes nor respond to the rapid growth of heavy-vehicle traffic (responsible for the degradation of roadway structures and increased risks of accidents. The estimated cost is EUR 336.74 million, net of taxes, including a EUR 236 million AfDB loan. Planned for a nation-wide implementation, the project includes: (i) rehabilitating 862.8 km of classified roads; (ii) strengthening 691.3 km of classified roads; (iii) building 12 engineering structures; (iv) improving 759.4 km of feeder roads; and (v) upgrading/ dualising 52.6 km of the classified road network. These road rehabilitation works will help improve infrastructure and open up remote areas. It will also strengthen integrated rural development programs and improve livelihoods, with expected benefits respectively for agropastoral, industrial, tourism and craft activities. Project activities will start at the end of 2010, and will be completed by the end of 2015.

Project Objectives

The project’s objective is to improve the level of service of the classified road network and open up isolated rural areas in order to intensify intra/interregional trade, and ensure better accessibility to the country’s main development poles, and thus contribute to opening up agricultural production areas by linking them to the classified network.


The project will benefit the entire population, including the north-western populations (Beja, Jendouba, Kef, Siliana and Zaghouan), the center-west (Kasserine, Kairouan and Sidi Bouzid) and the south (Gafsa, Kebili, Tozeur and Médenine). The industrial sector will see further growth, in Kef and Kairouan, with the construction of a new cable manufacturing plant and an electrical equipment factory in Kef. 4,000 new jobs are expected to be created by the end of the project.

Participating Organization

African Development Bank
Government Of Tunisia
Ministry of Infrastructure, Housing and Regional Planning (MEHAT)


IATI identifier 46002-P-TN-DB0-010
Last Update 29 Jan 2023


Contact Details

Name DIOP Maimounatou Ndiaye
Email m.ndiaye-diop@afdb.org

Geographic Location

Country Tunisia
Coordinates Location Name
36 9.33333 Gouvernorat de Siliana
34.75 10.41667 Gouvernorat de Sfax
33.33333 11 Gouvernorat de Médenine
35.33333 10.58333 Gouvernorat de Mahdia
36.98333 10.11667 Gouvernorat de l’Ariana
36.66667 9.25 Gouvernorat de Béja
37.08333 9.58333 Gouvernorat de Bizerte
33.83333 9.75 Gouvernorat de Gabes
35.58333 9.83333 Gouvernorat de Kairouan
33.5 8.83333 Gouvernorat de Kébili