Road safety and pavement management: A case study of Tanzania

Amador-Jimenez, Luis & Afghari, Amir Pooyan (2015) Road safety and pavement management: A case study of Tanzania. The Baltic Journal of Road and Bridge Engineering, 10(2), pp. 132-140.

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The implementation of pavement management seems to ignore road safety, with its focus being mainly on infrastructure condition. Safety management as part of pavement management should consider various means of reducing the frequency of vehicle crashes by allocating corrective measures to mitigate accident exposure, as well as reduce accident severity and likelihood. However, it is common that lack of accident records and crash contributing factors impedes incorporating safety into pavement management. This paper presents a case study for the initial development of pavement management systems considering data limitations for 3000 km of Tanzania’s national roads. A performance based optimization utilizes indices for safety and surface condition to allocate corrective measures. A modified Pareto analysis capable of accounting for annual performance and of balancing resources to achieve good surface condition and low levels of safety was applied. Tradeoff analysis for the case study found the need to assign 30% relevance to condition and 70% to road safety. Safety and condition deficiencies were corrected within 5 years with the majority of improvements dedicated to surface treatments and some geometric corrections. Large investments for correcting geometric issues were observed in years two and three if more money was made available.

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ID Code: 84934
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: road safety, pavement management, optimization, management
DOI: 10.3846/bjrbe.2015.17
ISSN: 1822-427X
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (VGTU) Press Technika
Deposited On: 21 Jun 2015 22:57
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2015 23:24

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