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Road funds and road maintenance : an Asian perspective
  • Published Date:
    2003-07-01
  • Language:
    English
Filetype[PDF-451.91 KB]


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  • Corporate Creators:
  • Resource Type:
  • Right Statement:
    Asian Development Bank
  • Geographical Coverage:
  • OCLC Number:
    53151543
  • ISBN:
    9715614892
  • Corporate Publisher:
  • NTL Classification:
    NTL-HIGHWAY/ROAD TRANSPORTATION-Construction and Maintenance
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  • Abstract:
    mmp

    It is widely accepted that roads play an important role in development, and help reduce poverty. To realize their potential contribution, however, roads need to be properly maintained. In many of the Asian Development Bank's (ADB's) developing member countries DMCs), the standard of road maintenance is poor. Inadequate maintenance is the cause of the problem. Maintenance includes all activities needed to keep a country's road network operating indefinitely. A sustainable road network is, therefore, one that is maintained. Inadequate maintenance is attributable to any of the following reasons: 1) Money is not allocated (in sufficient amounts); 2) Money is allocated but not spent; 3) Money is not spent efficiently; and 4) Money is not spent effectively. Addressing only the first cause--allocating more money--will not be enough to solve the road maintenance problem; it has not sufficed in the past. This study recognizes the importance of all four causes and addresses them. Almost all ADB's developing member countries (DMCs) fail to maintain roads properly. In principle, the problem should not be hard to fix. All that is needed is a systematic and rational set of rules and tools to identify and plan maintenance tasks, a trained workforce with equipment to carry out the work, and the money to pay for it. Experience reveals, however, that solving the road maintenance problem is considerably more resistant to solution than it appears. ADB has been working with its DMCs, some of which have gone down the path toward reform but have generally come to a halt just before the final step: implementing change. The arguments for reform are compelling and the benefits are great, yet there is a very strong reluctance to change. How to overcome this reluctance is the challenge faced by this study. The first portion of this study first describes the problem in greater detail, together with the challenges involved in providing adequate road maintenance, then set out the lenders' and the DMCs' views of the situation. Two sections follow that propose solutions that can meet the challenges of road maintenance. The final section presents a recommended approach for ADB and other development agencies. Information on ordering this book and links to individual chapters can be found at http://www.adb.org/Documents/Reports/Road_Funds_Maintenance/default.asp.

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