THE DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE OF LOW COST ROADS

The author describes the Rural Access Roads Program, under which it is planned to construct 14000 kilometers of all weather farm-to-market roads in 25 high-potential agricultural districts in Kenya. This is believed to be the largest labor intensive public works program being undertaken in Africa today, and is providing daily employment for 12000 laborers in the rural areas. The program involves a decentralized management structure with delegation of considerable responsibilities to Field Engineers, each of whom is responsible for the execution of an agreed construction program. He supervises 2 to 4 construction units, each of which has a labor force of 250 to 300 men, producing 45 kilometers of gravel roads per year. Maintenance is carried out by ex-construction laborers who are each responsible for 2 kilometer of road. They are provided with tools and paid for working twelve days each month. These methods are claimed to be technically and financially viable, especially when foreign exchange savings are taken into account. (IRF)

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Presented at the Fourth IRF African Highway Conference, Nairobi, Kenya, January 20-25, 1980. For individual papers see TRIS Accession Numbers 311921 through 311971.
  • Corporate Authors:

    International Road Federation

    525 School Street, SW
    Washington, DC  USA  20024
  • Authors:
    • Simpson, J A
  • Publication Date: 1980

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: v.p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00311924
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Conf Paper
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jun 9 1980 12:00AM