A loan of US$75.5 million will allow the Republic of Tajikistan to construct a 920m bridge on the M41 international highway, which connects its northeast region to the Kyrgyz Republic.

The bridge will ensure the route is all-weather, and resilient to climate risks.

The Beijing-based Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) approved the loan. It previously approved a loan of US$3.2 million to prepare the project. The grant was intended to allow informed decision-making on cost-effective bridge solutions. It allowed Tajikistan to tackle geological challenges in the mountainous region through enhanced design, and also to adopt the design-build method for streamlined project delivery. Additionally, it allowed for capacity-building initiatives.

The bridge is part of a project to connect the cities of Obigarm and Nurobod with a 75km highway. Other financiers include the Asian Development Bank, OPEC Fund for International Development and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.