This project was designed to look to the future for road management in Africa and explore different and innovative cost-effective solutions to well established problems related to a lack of knowledge of rural road networks. This Final Report provides an overview of the project activities carried out and the results obtained. There are two main aspects to the project, the high-tech solutions to increase knowledge of low volume rural road networks and the assessment of road condition using high resolution satellite imagery. Trials were undertaken in five countries. A Guideline has been produced, which clearly sets out the situations where this methodology can be used, and where it would not be appropriate. There is good potential for automation of the visual imagery assessment process.
This work is part of the Applied Research on Rural Roads and Transport Services through Community Access Programmes in Africa and Asia (AFCAP2 and AsCAP)
Workman, R., TRL (2018). The Use of Appropriate High-tech Solutions for Road Network and Condition Analysis, with a focus on Satellite Imagery, Final Report. London: ReCAP for DFID.