Roads agencies in Tanzania face a major challenge with the management of their rural road network of just over 50,000 km. This network is relatively lightly trafficked, almost completely unpaved, in mostly poor condition, and generally impassable during the rainy season. The agencies are now striving to find more appropriate, cost-effective solutions for maintaining their unpaved roads or upgrading them to a paved standard.
There is a concern that the current design manuals do not cater adequately for low volume roads. This has led to a need to develop a new design manual specifically for low volume roads: an initiative that is being supported by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) through its Africa Community Access Programme (AFCAP).
The purpose of the project is to prepare a design manual for low volume roads in Tanzania as a basis for promoting rational, appropriate and affordable implementation of projects providing such roads in a manner that makes appropriate use of local resources in a cost-effective and sustainable manner. It is expected that the new manual will be based on similar documents prepared previously under AFCAP in other countries such as South Sudan, though other relevant local and regional experience will also be incorporated.
One of the first activities to be undertaken on the project is the holding of an Inception Workshop and the production of a report on the event. To this end, this Inception Workshop Report:
- Presents the details of the workshop in terms of its objectives, venue, programme and attendance.
- Summarizes the opening remarks made by representatives of AFCAP, PMO-RALG and the Ministry of Works.
- Provides an overview of the workshop presentations and ensuing deliberations.
- Summarizes the main outcomes of the workshop and the agreements reached in terms of the immediate way forward.
I T Transport Ltd. Consultancy Services for Preparation of Design Manuals for Low Volume Roads in Tanzania.Inception Workshop Report - Final. (2014) 22 pp.