Tunisia - North-East Road Connectivity Support Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 22 Nov 2017
Signature Date 25 Jan 2018
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2025
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Dec 2025
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Transport
DAC Sector Code 21023
Environmental Category 1
Commitment U.A 97,608,589.56
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The North-East Road Connectivity Support Project (PACR) is part of Tunisia's road sub-sector strategy and supports two of the five pillars of the country's Development Strategy Plan for the period 2016-2020. The PACR consists of the construction of a 9 km-long twoway, two-lane (2x2) suburban highway on a new alignment bypassing the city of Bizerte to the southwest. Indeed and in line with the Bizerte Urban Development Master Plan, its implementation will help channel traffic away from the Bizerte city centre and will thus ease traffic congestion on the existing mobile bridge. The project will therefore help to promote intra- and inter-regional trade as well as reduce regional social disparities. Lastly, it will reduce accidents, CO2 emissions, improve the quality of life of the populations and facilitate access to social and economic centres. The total project cost, net of taxes and customs duties, is estimated at TND 761.72 million, equivalent to EUR 277.29 million. It will be implemented over a period of 5 years.

Project Objectives

The project objective is two-fold: (i) improving the competitiveness of the Tunisian economy by addressing the growing demand in terms of transporting goods and people across the urban area of Bizerte, thus helping to ease congestion on access roads to the three industrial areas and the port, and to equalize network loads; and (ii) fostering mobility and trade between the Northern and Eastern regions of the country.


The project will improve the movement of people and goods in the Bizerte and Beja builtup areas, as well as traffic towards Jendouba. Indeed, at the local level, the project will meet the needs of road users crossing the urban area of Bizerte. The project will enable 700 men/months to be recruited for works implementation. It will also enable 100 young people enrolled in work-study programmes, including at least 20 young women, to undertake internships designed to promote their employability.

Participating Organization

Ministère de l’Equipement, de l’Habitat et de l’Aménagement du Territoire à travers la Direction Générale des Ponts et Chaussées (DGPC)
Government of Tunisia
African Development Bank
Government Of Tunisia


IATI identifier 46002-P-TN-DB0-016
Last Update 25 Mar 2023


Contact Details

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

Geographic Location

Country Tunisia
Coordinates Location Name
36.66667 9.25 Gouvernorat de Béja
37.08333 9.58333 Gouvernorat de Bizerte