Climatic roads

Roads are critical to transport across the vast lands of Central Asia, so we must make sure they can withstand the effects of climate change. Here is how we addressed adaptation in a new way for a project underway in the Kyrgyz Republic, where roads carry approximately 95% of passenger traffic and over 50% of freight. ADB has committed to upgrade a 52-km road between Bishkek and Kara-Balta. The road is part of the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridor 3 that runs from southwestern Siberia in the Russian Federation through Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan to the Middle East and South Asia. The road is also the only direct land link between the southern and northern parts of the Kyrgyz Republic. The road segment is situated in in the central Chui Valley in the northern part of the country, where the climate is changing with both temperatures and precipitation increasing.