|Title:||Review of Road Standards and Road Sector Institutional Reform|
|Dates: ||July, 2016 - October, 2017|
The objectives of the assignment are to assist the Ministry of Transport of the Republic of Tajikistan to: 1. Review, and amend as necessary, the key standards which govern the highway design and construction works including standards for road safety assessment/approval of performed works and the management of the country's road sector so as to produce safer and more cost-effective outcomes which are responsive to the needs of market-oriented economies, and enable the introduction of productivity-enhancing technology in the current and expected future funding environment;
2. Prepare a Road Sector Institutional Reform Strategy and Action Plan to help establish a more sustainable institutional framework for the road sector, including the introduction of more commercial approaches to the management of the road network for the road funding environment that is likely to prevail in the medium to long term.
- Present an agreed set of key standards/specifications which regulate the road sector in Tajikistan. This should include the standards and specifications used for road projects funded by International Financial Institutions (IFI's) and should vary by functional classification, traffic volumes and etc.
Present the degree to which current standards and specifications are actually used in design and construction and maintenance (e.g., are standards/ specifications available at works sites, works offices and engineers can demonstrate that they know the standards, etc)
Provide an overview of the institutions which are involved in setting and enforcing standards. This review should be placed in the broader context of the current state of the road network in Tajikistan, and address the question of how revisions to road standards could allow minimisation of life cycles costs and to become safer and managed on a more cost-effective basis
Undertake a detailed review of the identified road design, construction, operation, and maintenance and other standards. Develop amendments to existing standards or new standards, as required
Undertake a detailed review of current road user charge collection (i.e. all road related revenues historically) and expenditure by purpose (e.g. capital expenditure, routine maintenance, etc.) and assess its adequacy
Establish a sustainable institutional framework for road maintenance
Introduce more commercial approaches to the management of the road network, identifying where possible opportunities for greater private sector participation in routine road maintenance in the expected road funding environment.