INVESTMENT STRATEGIES FOR DEVELOPING AREAS: ANALYTIC MODEL FOR CHOICE OF STRATEGIES IN HIGHWYAY TRANSPORTATION

THIS IS THE FINAL REPORT OF A ROAD TRANSPORTATION STUDY THAT WAS A CONTINUATION OF RESEARCH IN HIGHWAY TRANSPORTATION FOR EMERGING COUNTRIES INITIATED IN 1969 BY THE INTERNATIONAL BANK FOR RECONSTRUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT. THE PURPOSE OF THE WORLD BANK STUDY WAS TO TAKE THE FIRST STEP TOWARD PROVIDING A SATISFACTORY DECISION-MAKING FRAMEWORK FOR DETERMINING OPTIMUM DESIGN STANDARDS FOR LOW-VOLUME ROADS IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES. THE WORLD BANK RESEARCH RESULTED IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF A COMPUTERIZED, EXPERIMENTAL "HIGHWAY COST MODEL" CONSISTING OF THREE FUNCTIONAL SUBMODELS: CONSTRUCTION COST, ROADWAY MAINTENANCE COSTS, AND VEHICLE OPERATING COST. THESE SUBMODELS WERE USED INTERACTIVELY TO SIMULATE OR ESTIMATE THE YEARLY AMOUNT AND COST OF VARIOUS RESOURCES CONSUMED DURING A SPECIFIED LIFETIME OF A ROAD. IN THIS STUDY THE MODEL DEVELOPED FOR THE WORLD BANK IS EXTENDED TO (1) PERMIT THE IDENTIFICATION OF VARIOUS FOREIGN EXCHANGE COMPONENTS OF TRANSPORT COST (FOR EXAMPLE, LABOR, EQUIPMENT, AND MATERIALS); (2) PERMIT THE COMPARISON OF LABOR OR CAPITAL INTENSIVE TECHNIQUES FOR ROADWAY MAINTENANCE; (3) PERMIT THE ANALYST AN OPPORTUNITY TO EVALUATE VARIOUS STAGE CONSTRUCTION ALTERNATIVES; AND (4) PERMIT THE EFFECT OF UNCERTAINTIES TO BE EXAMINED, ESPECIALLY IN THE AREA OF TRAFFIC GROWTH. THE REPORT CONTAINS COMPARISONS OF MODEL RESULTS WITH EMPIRICAL DATA AND OTHER MODELS, A SERIES OF SENSITIVITY ANALYSES, AND EXAMPLES OF STAGE CONSTRUCTION STRATEGIES.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Department of Civil Engineering, 77 Massachusetts Avenue
    Cambridge, MA  USA  02139
  • Authors:
    • Moavenzadeh, F
  • Publication Date: 1973-1

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 224 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00202342
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 24 1973 12:00AM