Rural road maintenance & community access development- Liberia (2007)
Narrative: The objective was to develop rural road maintenance system(s) and train maintenance groups. This was expanded to develop systems for sustainable access provisions and maintenance and included design and construction of new infrastructure interventions.
The assignment focused on the design of appropriate modalities for non urban (community) road access provisions, maintenance, adoption of local resourced technologies and methods of implementation. This started with the design and adoption of a community access assessment method determining existing access levels and network functions, based on a chosen 'design vehicle' and the environment of the road. Appropriate levels of access are then chosen to meet the access demand and taking account of appropriate technologies and locally available resources, the most cost effective maintenance regime. The team further tested the design standards and tender documentation developed and delivered intensive training to six local contractors in all aspects of rural road maintenance including design of appropriate water crossing structures.
Deliverables/Focal Points: Final Reports (including Standard Design Drawings, Standard BoQ and Community Access Development Guidelines), tender documents, Community Based contracting, Training programme, sustainable transport infrastructure, Pilot implementation, Community groups.