An Approach for Prioritization of State Highways and Its Application

The present paper documents a rational approach for prioritization of road sections with reference to fifteen State Highway sections in the State of West Bengal in India. The work demonstrates an opportunity for policy makers to identify various sections which may be taken up for improvement using the fund obtained from various schemes and prioritize them. Seven techno-economic factors are considered for prioritization and the weightages for these factors are obtained by analysing the rating data using Technique for Order Preference by Similarity to Ideal Solution (TOPSIS) and RIDIT method. In the absence of usable accident data, the potential safety hazard is considered as a techno-economic factor in the prioritization. The potential safety hazard is estimated on the basis of identified causal factors and their relative weightages are derived from the analysis of expert opinion data using Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP). Although the results presented in the paper are case specific, but the approach documented in the paper may be modified suitably to prioritize roads in other geographical regions.


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  • Accession Number: 01605321
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 13 2016 10:55AM