Systematic Safety Design Procedure in Shaanxi, China

In an effort to prevent road deaths and injuries, the government of Shaanxi, People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) are developing the Shaanxi Mountain Road Safety Project to improve roads in Ankang and Shangluo. These two prefecture-level cities in the mountains area in Shaanxi province have populations of 2.95 million and 2.41 million, respectively, accounting for 15% of Shaanxi Province’s population. Both Ankang and Shangluo have strong potential for expansion of agriculture and related processing, mineral and hydropower industries, and the development of tourism. Lack of adequate transport accessibility and highly unsafe road conditions are major constraints on the social and economic development of the region. The Research Institute of Highway (RIOH), Ministry of Transport was engaged by the ADB to lead the road safety component of the project preparation phase, particularly through the application of the China Road Assessment Program (ChinaRAP), a joint initiative of RIOH and the International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP). The project was in part designed to demonstrate the impact of rigorous and data driven road safety assessment and design practices to reduce crash rates and provide a model that can be replicated in other provinces as well as in other developing countries. This paper describes how infrastructure-related risk was systematically measured for the existing road and various design iterations, and how economic analyses were used to help executives and designers make decisions on the safety countermeasures and priorities available to them. It shows how the process resulted in designs that are safer than would otherwise have been the case.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 14p
  • 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: 01676904
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9782840604235
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 0201
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 19 2018 2:11PM