Sustainable Road Funding
  • Project Outline
  • Roundtable on Sustainable Road Funding, October 2012, Paris


Project Outline
This study will investigate when different strategies (maintenance, operation, development) are needed in order to guarantee an optimal service level over the life-cycle of the road infrastructure.

The road network is a major national asset representing a very large investment with an average lifetime of more than 50 years. Generally, investments in road infrastructure account for around 0.5 – 1.5% of the gross domestic product in the ITF member countries (ITF 2009). Roads also require continuous attention (in terms of maintenance, operation and development) to counter deterioration, or because of a need for an upgrade. However, funding for road maintenance is often postponed, especially when budgets are tight, because a lack of maintenance does not lead to immediate failure of the network.

At the same time, there is a pressure to improve network performance due to the combined effects of increased traffic and greater expectations regarding service levels. In some cases, a failure to answer these challenges has led to a number of negative impacts, among them notably congestion and incidents, leading also to increased unreliability.

The study will focus on better evaluation of road maintenance, rehabilitation costs and road user costs (including consequences on future levels of service). It will explore the current practices for road asset management, maintenance evaluation and identify cost-effective solutions to optimise service levels of the infrastructure. The study will also draw conclusions and policy recommendations on the future data needs, required improvements in evaluation methodologies and performance measures.

The project was launched in October 2011. Preliminary conclusions will be made available in May 2013 at the International Transport Forum Annual Summit. The study will be completed by the end of 2013.
Roundtable on Sustainable Road Funding
The work of the Working Group began with a kick-off Roundtable, organised on 25-26 October 2012 in Paris. The Roundtable focused on three topics: maintenance and operational requirements for road management, road life-cycle cost optimisation and contracting approaches.
Introductory Papers
Performance Measurement in the Road Sector: A Cross-Country Review of Experience. PDF
Matthew Karlaftis
Optimising road maintenancePDF Mark Harvey
Procurement and contract design in the construction industry … not one size fits all. PDF
Jan-Eric Nilsson
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