The Tanzania Roads Association (TARA) which is also a National Committee of the World Road Association for Tanzania in collaboration with the Tanzania Transportation Technology Transfer (TanT2) Centre and TANROADS under the Ministry of Works and Transport in Tanzania, Tanzania Rural and Urban Roads Agency (TARURA), the International Road Federation (IRF) Geneva, the World Road Association (PIARC), the African Road Maintenance Funds Association (ARMFA), the Association of Southern African National Roads Agencies (ASANRA) and other local and international institutions is organising a 5 days Course on Road Asset Management for Senior Executives to be held at Arusha International Conference Centre (AICC), Arusha, Tanzania from 6th - 10th June 2022 followed by a 1 day Regional Seminar on Road Asset Management for Decision Makers to be held at the same venue AICC, Arusha, Tanzania on 11th June 2022.
Road Asset Management is a strategic approach to managing road transportation infrastructure assets. The Regional Seminar and Course on Road Asset M1anagement is highly desirable at this juncture, especially in developing countries such as countries in Sub-Saharan Africa where budget and other resources are more acute.
Road agencies, municipal councils and other local governments continue to face an increasing challenge of preserving and renewing road networks and other civil infrastructure assets while ensuring sustainable, safe and efficient civil infrastructure assets.
A key aspect of managing these civil infrastructure assets is related to the need for agencies to keep a comprehensive inventory of assets (such as pavements, bridges & structures, right of way lands, road signs, road furniture, etc.) to readily track work activities, periodic inspections, condition assessments and activity-based costs.
More important is the need to better carry out comprehensive prioritization and trade-off analysis to decide between investing on preservation/ expansion of one type of asset vs. another and/or operating expenditures vs. capital outlays to achieve the highest possible return on investment on every investment allocation across diverse domains of assets over very long-term view of assets’ lifecycle.
Recent research has demonstrated that road agencies need to be proactive rather than reactive in managing the road assets. With a robust planning system in place, both new roads and rehabilitation work can be planned and implemented to ensure maximum value for money for the entire portfolio of assets.
This will eliminate managing the backlog from year to year. Also, incorporation of asset preservation at the strategic level (agency-wide) planning has been proven to achieve better assets at reduced long-term life-cycle costs while giving road users efficient transportation system, reducing vehicle operating costs and travel times, etc.