DON'T IGNORE ESSENTIAL ROAD MAINTENANCE

As the world becomes increasingly dependent on overland travel, more roads and highways are being constructed. However, transportation officials in many countries are either hesitant to maintain these roads, do not recognize the importance of maintenance, or do not have the financial resources and material means to perform routine maintenance. This article discusses the importance of maintenance programs and provides guidance on how a small highway department can cope with the maintenance decisions and choices that must be made. The authors suggest that routine and preventive maintenance is the most important aspect of a highway network and that the lack of maintenance can increase costs and jeopardize other operations of highway departments as well as their quality of service to the public. A highway department in a small country can develop an effective maintenance plan and organizational structure without burdening financial capacities. A first step would be to conduct a complete inventory of highway characteristics by road designation and section, material and equipment to determine what emergencies can be handled with the available equipment, and to determine which equipment or material must be obtained to mitigate debilitating problems. A computerized database or spreadsheet program is very useful in organizing the information needed for maintenance programs.

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  • Accession Number: 00989106
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 23 2005 12:00AM