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Roads Economic Decision Model (Red) for Economic Evaluation of Low Volume Roads

By Archondo-Callao, Rodrigo S.

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Book Id: WPLBN0000204508
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Reproduction Date: 2005

Title: Roads Economic Decision Model (Red) for Economic Evaluation of Low Volume Roads  
Author: Archondo-Callao, Rodrigo S.
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Language: English
Subject: Economics, Finance & business, World Bank.
Collections: Economics Publications Collection
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Publisher: The World Bank

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Archondo Callao, R. S. (n.d.). Roads Economic Decision Model (Red) for Economic Evaluation of Low Volume Roads. Retrieved from http://community.ebooklibrary.org/


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Economics

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The decision-making process for the development and maintenance of low-volume rural roads suffers from the lack of a customized economic evaluation tool. The World Bank?s Highway Design and Maintenance Standards Model (HDM-III) (1) and the forthcoming Highway Development and Management Model (HDM-4), being developed by the International Study of Highway Development and Management Tools, present a good framework for the economic evaluation of road investments and maintenance but are not particularly customized for low-volume roads (traffic less than 200 vehicles per day), do not capture all the benefits associated with rural road investments, and require a series of inputs which are impractical to collect for low traffic levels. Hence, the need for a simplified economic evaluation model to fulfill the planning and programming needs of highway agencies in charge of low-volume roads, without demanding input parameters that may be unrealistic and costly to collect while presenting the results in a practical and effective manner. This note presents the Roads Economic Decision Model (RED) that performs an economic evaluation of road investments and maintenance options customized to the characteristics of low-volume roads such as: ? high uncertainty of the assessment of traffic, road condition, and future -- maintenance of unpaved roads; -- ? periods during a year with disrupted passability; -- ? levels of service and corresponding road user costs defined not only -- through roughness; -- ? high potential to influence economic development; and -- ? beneficiaries other than motorized road users.

 

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