Between 2004 and 2009 SEACAP (South East Asian Community Access Programme) initiated or extended a series of Low Volume Rural Road (LVRR) pavement trials in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. The great majority of this research was undertaken in Vietnam with DFID financing and in association with the World Bank and Ministry of Transport. This work continued with funding by the World Bank’s Vietnam Rural Transport Programmes. In total some 140 separate lengths of trial road sections, totalling over 170 km, have been constructed and subsequently monitored up to 2012. Central to the work in all three countries was the trialling of a wide range of pavement and surfacing options appropriate to the governing physical socio-economic conditions. The Vietnam Rural Road Surfacing Research (RRSR) database now comprises a unique historic record of rural road performance in the tropical and sub-tropical rural environment. The focus is now on mainstreaming this work to the benefit of vulnerable rural communities.
Cook, J.; Petts, R.C.; Pham Gia Tuan. Mainstreaming Low Volume Rural Road Research in S E Asia. (2015) 14 pp.