For roads to achieve their economic function they must be maintained. The failure to do so results in higher transportation costs that drive up commodity prices which in turn impact the livelihoods of citizens in all sectors of society. What asset management interventions can support effective road maintenance?
[H]igh and middle income countries are also affected by the maintenance demands of large modern road networks, which with age see a progressive deterioration of condition and service.
Corté proposes that the solution not merely be a matter of increased funding, but rather the cultivation of a “maintenance culture that seeks improvements in management methods, innovative contract approaches and new maintenance techniques”. 2
Imbalances exist between the rate of deterioration and the level of funding allocated for maintenance of existing infrastructure.
There is a tendency to prioritise new construction over good quality and timely maintenance.
Helping to determine the level of maintenance and rehabilitation funding in relation to the desired level of service and preservation of the asset value.
Helping to determine which maintenance and rehabilitation actions and budgets will most effectively bring pavement conditions toward the desired level of service in the medium to long term.
Helping to expose added costs and savings to road users and the road agency of different maintenance/condition standards and strategies.