Pavement Conditions Reporting Mechanism for Motorways & Highways in Pakistan

National highways and motorways in Pakistan are built, maintained and repaired by the National Highway Authority (NHA), established in 1991. A large portion of these national highways and motorways are patrolled to carry out road traffic enforcement by National Highways & Motorways Police (NH&MP) established in 1997. NHA and NH&MP are sister organizations and part of the Ministry of Communication. Pavement surface is affected by weather conditions and overloading. There is a need to respond to these deteriorations promptly to control further damage and to ensure the safety of the road user. In order to ensure a swift response to the pavement deterioration, a rapid reporting system is needed so that the required information is transferred to the road authorities in a timely manner in order to carry out maintenance and repair work. For assessing the road pavement condition, a regular patrolling mechanism is needed for timely observation. Therefore, a large number of employees and vehicles will be needed, thus costing a large amount of investment which Pakistan may not be able to efficiently afford due to financial constraints. Therefore, an economical and efficient system is needed to report pavement conditions efficiently. The system of patrolling by NH&MP can serve the purpose of pavement reporting, as one patrolling vehicle with two officers patrols every 10-15 kilometres of the highway and motorway. The frequency of patrolling is about one complete round in every three hours; thereby any change in pavement conditions can be observed very early and efficiently. Such a mechanism will not cost any additional investment to the government of Pakistan and its cost benefit ratio is very high. In this system of reporting, NHA and NH&MP are the stakeholders. The information collected by NH&MP patrol officers will be communicated to the concerned officials telephonically and through email. The report will contain information about the exact location of the troubled spot that is recorded by means of a GPS, including type of damage along with photographs. Moreover, a digital map will also be maintained containing information of troubled spots and their history of deterioration. When the deterioration of the pavement is improved, an improvement report will be dispatched to the NHA authorities. A mechanism of weekly and monthly meetings will be part of the system to discuss and evaluate the operational utility of the system and to suggest further improvements to enhance its efficiency. Significance of the reporting system include the following factors: 1) Economical, 2) Real time, 3) Efficient, 4) Viable, and 5) User friendly.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: 7p
  • Monograph Title: Proceedings of the 25th World Road Congress - Seoul 2015: Roads and Mobility - Creating New Value from Transport

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  • Accession Number: 01674201
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9782840604235
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 0357
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 31 2018 6:04PM