MANAGEMENT OF HIGHWAY PROJECTS

Good management goes far to ensure that a highway project finishes on time and without overspending. The best management systems are generally simple, operated by a small but competent staff. Bad management is often the product of excessive and unnecessary administration arising from bad legislation. Highway legislation should permit simple administration which in turn eables good management to be achieved. The volume of highway construction should be kept within the limits of available funds and proper financial control should be exercised at all times. A national highway authority should produce a programme of projects after a proper study of needs and priorities and then award them to suitable teams for implementation, preferably with minimum interference consistent with proper control. It should select consulting engineers, and contractors to build the roads, after a proper prequalification process and should monitor the efficiency of its own design departments and any agent authorities which it employs. It should have an efficient system for maintaining its roads and arrange for the training of highway personnel. In the design stage management failure most often arises when dealing with objections from public or local authorities to the line of the road; it is often due to bad highway legislation. A simple, firm and fair procedure will best ensure good management at this stage. It is essential to have a good project director with a competent staff. He must decide at an early stage whether or not to base his design processes on use of computers and whether project management is to be computer based. If so, the system used should provide for network, financial modelling and resource control facilities in a manner such that the vital regular up-dating is easily carried out. All this does assist very much in obtaining completion on time within budget but it does cost money and staff time. For this reason the number of activities in the system should be limited to essentials. Such items as diversion of services and provision of long delivery time materials and of components in short supply require particular attention. A simple and effective process for property acquisition is required. A proper system of contract supervision is required, paying particular attention to quality, progress and financial control. An efficient and effective system of highway maintenance is important. Good management will ensure smooth-running highway projects. Bad management leads to delays, overspending and a dissatisfied public, with consequent political problems. (Author/TRRL)

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This paper was presented at the International Road Federation (IRF) 4th African Highway Conference, Nairobi, 20-25 January, 1980.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Fox (Freeman) and Partners

    25 Victoria Street, Westminster
    London,   England 
  • Authors:
    • AUSTIN, WTF
    • CHAMBERS, A J
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  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: 21 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00330358
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Monograph
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 15 1981 12:00AM