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ADB shares how to optimize road maintenance costs

by October 22, 2019 General

ADB, the Ministry of Transport and Roads of the Kyrgyz Republic jointly with the N. Isanov Kyrgyz State University of Construction, Transport and Architecture (KSUCTA) held Road Asset Management System (RAMS) workshop in Bishkek on 22 October. Chief specialist of Road maintenance department of MOTR Mr.Aseit Kojomberdiev and KYRM Unit Head, Project Administration Mr. Steven Lewis-Workman in their opening remarks stressed on the importance of RAMS component development and implementation in the road sector reforms, ADB Resident Mission in the Kyrgyz Republic reported.

The objective of road asset management is generally to optimize the economic benefits by minimizing the sum of maintenance costs and road user costs road asset management looks not only at the maintenance costs for the road entities, but also at the road transport costs for road users, encompassing all the costs related to road transport (total road transport costs). Road asset management can help determine the optimal funding levels that help minimize these total road transport costs for a country and can demonstrate how available funding can best be allocated to specific roads or road sections, and to specific types of maintenance and repair. In doing so, it does not look at short-term impacts on the road network, but rather at medium or long-term impacts (generally a time frame of at least 20 years is used).

The aim of the workshop was to demonstrate RAMS software, which can be used for road asset data collection and processing techniques, traffic data collection and processing techniques, as well as for maintenance planning and prioritization. Also, the workshop served as a platform to exchange views on the challenges and opportunities in the RAMS for future transport specialists who may be seeking a career in this sector.

The workshop was attended by the staff of Road Maintenance Department of MOTR and Production and Innovation Centre, graduates of KSUCTA, and members of MOTR’s RAMS working group.

The Kyrgyz Republic joined ADB in 1994 and the bank has since approved 44 loans ($1.2 billion) and 40 grants ($662 million) from the Asian Development Fund, as well as six grants ($7.5 million) from the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction. ADB has also financed 104 technical assistance projects ($60.2 million).

ADB is committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific, while sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. In 2018, it made commitments of new loans and grants amounting to $21.6 billion. Established in 1966, it is owned by 68 members 49 from the region.

Source: Kyrgyz National News Agency