Many countries are making increasing use of the private sector for road maintenance activities. The West African country of Ghana has considerable experience of this approach for both the national road network and the rural and feeder road network. It provides a useful case study of how the private sector can become increasingly involved in an area which has traditionally been the preserve of in house force account organisations.
This report reviews the experience of Ghana, by regional case studies of both the Ghana Highway Authority (responsible for national roads) and the Department of Feeder Roads (responsible for rural and feeder roads). The report reviews how the client organisations have set up road
maintenance by contract procedures, how they have evolved to manage this process and how the contracting industry has responded to the developments.
Conclusions highlighting the key issues which appear to affect the success of developing the private sector for road maintenance are presented at the end of the report.