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How to maintain one of the world’s toughest road systems

Central Asia has some of the world’s most challenging road networks. Steep mountain passes, long deserted stretches of highway, and sweltering summers combined with icy winters, make these road networks difficult to manage.

The result has been poor road conditions, high accident rates, excessive costs for road users and countless hours of lost productivity. The Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) program is trying to help its member countries address these problems.

As part of efforts to improve transport in the region, CAREC countries plan to build or repair 7,800 kilometers of roads by 2020. An integral part of this massive regional transport upgrading program is to keep the new and refurbished roads in good condition.

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To that end, member countries have compiled a Compendium of Best Practices in Road Asset Management that examines how CAREC countries are improving the management of their road networks, and how these countries can learn from each other and from countries outside the region. Below is a list of the main findings.

Helping CAREC countries better manage their road networks

The CAREC Transport Sector Coordinating Committee is helping to guide this work across the region, in line with the Transport and Trade Facilitation Strategy 2020.

By: Serge Cartier van Dissel & Ari Kalliokoski