Ethiopia has an extensive tertiary network of wereda and community roads estimated to be at least 90,000 kilometres in length. The majority of the roads have an earth surface and only a very small proportion have been constructed to fully engineered standard, hence most of the roads are only reliably passable in dry weather. Lack of maintenance has meant that many roads that have been constructed or improved under projects have fallen back into a state of disrepair. The Ethiopian Roads Authority decided that an operational maintenance and asset management policy for wereda and community roads was necessary and in 2008, consultants were appointed through the TI-UP Resource centre funded by DFID to assist in the process of preparing a maintenance and asset management policy and strategy.This document sets out an operational maintenance and asset management policy for wereda and community roads. It is intended that this will guide the planning and implementation of the maintenance of wereda and community roads at regional and wereda levels. A separate document describes the strategy to be followed to accomplish this policy.
This resource was produced by TI-UP – a DFID-funded resource centre for technology, infrastructure and urban planning, managed by IMC Worldwide Ltd.
Anon. Wereda and community roads maintenance and asset management policy. February 2010. TI-UP Resource Centre, London, UK (2010) 11 pp.