The NAASRA roads study has provided a large factual base of information on the nature and condition of the Australian road network, and on the implications of variations in the level of future funding. The study results show that: (a) approximately half of the current expenditure on roads must be directed to recurrent activities, that is works required to maintain and preserve the road stock; (b) the current level of road funding is sufficient to allow some improvement in the physical characteristics of each of the rural arterial, urbvan aaterial and local road networks; (c) this improvement in physical characteristics (ie at current expenditure levels) is insufficient to match the projected growth in arterial road travel, such growth being estimated on a conservative basis. (d) just to maintain the 1981 traffic service levels on rural arterial roads would require a significant increase over current funding levels; (e) urban arterial road congestion is projected to worsen at all of the funding levels examined. To restrict this projected trend would require a very substantial funding increase; (f) the current level of development of the local road network is very low. The rate of improvement is currently very slow, but is very sensitive to the level of future funding; (g) the road industry ranks third out of all industries with respect to employment generation (ie number of jobs per unit of expenditure). Employment in the road and flow-on industries totals 193,000. (TRRL)

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  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 422-431
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    • Issue Number: 85/1

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  • Accession Number: 00450316
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 0-85825-274-0
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 27 2004 9:55PM