Performance-Based Routine Maintenance of Rural Roads by Maintenance Groups: Guide for Communications Bureaus

Publication | December 2012

The purpose of this guide is to assist communications bureaus in Yunnan Province, People's Republic of China, in organizing and managing the routine maintenance of unpaved rural roads by maintenance groups.

The guide is the outcome of a small-scale technical assistance (SSTA) pilot project linked to the Yunnan Integrated Road Network Development Project. The SSTA pilot project built upon the experience of a previous pilot project on Community-Based Routine Road Maintenance by Women's Groups, which was financed by the ADB Gender and Development Cooperation Fund. The SSTA pilot project sought to improve the approach developed under the earlier pilot project by introducing performance-based payments with the aim of reducing the resources required for supervision and inspection. It also aimed to improve the financial sustainability of the approach by reducing the investments required and promoting policy changes regarding the use of road maintenance funding.

This guide describes the deterioration process of rural roads and the need for a proper system of routine maintenance to reduce costs and improve road conditions. It explains how to organize, train, and contract maintenance groups for routine maintenance of rural roads, based on the experience gained from the two pilot projects carried out in Dehong Prefecture, Yunnan Province. Special attention is given to performance-based contracting and the related performance indicators and monthly inspections. This guide serves as a basis for the replication of performance-based routine maintenance by maintenance groups under the Yunnan Integrated Road Network Development Project on 650 kilometers of rural roads over a 4-year period.

Contents 

  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Routine Maintenance of Rural Roads
  • Maintenance Groups
  • Performance-Based Maintenance
  • Annexes