In most developing countries, the funds allocated to maintain the principal roads have traditionally come from the governments' fiscal budgets. However, the economic restrictions of these countries, many of which are just coming out of lengthy economic crises, have compelled the governments to allocate most of their fiscal funds to other activities that are considered of higher priority (social welfare, education, etc.). Because insufficient funds are allocated to maintenance, principal roads in these countries are experiencing today an accumulated and consistent deterioration. The roads discussed in this paper are the national roads under federal government jurisdiction that carry the larger portion of national and international passenger and cargo flows. This part of the road system is commonly known in most countries as the "basic road network". Several mechanisms that could be implemented in developing nations to generate additional funds needed to adequately maintain and rehabilitate principal roads are discussed. A specific proposal for Mexico is presented. Though specifically aimed at developing nations, the criteria presented can be valid for any country.


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  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 1-5
  • Monograph Title: Maintenance management and safety
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  • Accession Number: 00715609
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309062055
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jan 19 1996 12:00AM