SEACAP 17. Local Resource Solutions to Problematic Rural Road Access in Lao PDR. SEACAP Access Roads on Route 3.
The SEACAP 17 Project aimed to identify cost-effective community orientated approaches for improving all year access to remote rural areas through a low-cost and local resource based improvement of roads in Lao PDR. The trials were undertaken as part of the Asian Development Bank funded Northern Economic Corridor (NEC) Project, comprising the rehabilitation of Route 3 and a number of access roads. Alternative pavements and surfacing to the standard laterite pavement were tested by way of trials on short problematic sections of selected access roads linking Route 3 with the outlying villages. Several of these pavements were previously trialled in Vietnam and Cambodia through DfID research. The trials were carried out under a normal contract environment with local supervision. The research is divided into two phases, construction and monitoring. This paper presents the results of the construction phase.