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The importance of road maintenance

Road infrastructure provides a fundamental foundation to the performance of all national economies, delivering a wide range of economic and social benefits. Adequately maintaining road infrastructure is essential to preserve and enhance those benefits. The importance of maintenance needs to be recognised by decision makers, funded appropriately and well managed to ensure maximum value is achieved. Inadequate levels of investment or poor management of the road network will have serious consequences for economies and social well-being. This paper makes the case for the importance of road maintenance by drawing on robust evidence from around the world.

Information sheet

  • Date: 2014
  • Domain(s): Road Assets Management
  • Type: Technical report - 2014R02EN This report was developed as a special project by the World Road Association after this issue was identified as a priority by the Association's Executive Committee.
  • PIARC Ref.: 2014R02EN
  • ISBN: 978-2-84060-349-8
  • Number of pages: 32