After successful completion of the first Rural Transport Improvement Project (RTIP-I) in 2012 with financial assistance of the International Development Association (IDA), the LGED is implementing IDA assisted Second Rural Transport Improvement Project (RTIP-II) at a cost of USD 417m over a period of five years in 26 contagious districts with a view to improve the rural infrastructure which has a far-reaching contribution to the alleviation of poverty.
The RTIP-II comprises of improvement and maintenance of rural transport infrastructure related to roads and inland waterways, and improvement of infrastructure, operation and management of growth centre and rural markets in 26 contiguous districts.
The RTIP-II includes four components: (A) Accessibility Improvement, (B) Institutional Strengthening, Capacity Building and Governance Enhancement, (C) Rural Transport Safety and (D) Contingent Emergency Response Component.
BRTC, BUET has signed an agreement with LGED on 22 July 2014 to provide consultation services under the project component (C) Rural Transport Safety. Note that BRTC, BUET will be represented by the Accident Research Institute (ARI) at BUET.
The prime objective of the assignment is to establish an institutional collaboration between Local Government Engineering Department and Accident Research Institute of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology through knowledge and information sharing and building the capacity of Road Safety Unit at different levels.
Accident Research Institute (ARI) shall carry out their tasks in accordance with accepted professional standards, utilizing sound engineering and socio-economic practices. ARI is supposed to do the following tasks under the proposed present agreement:
1. Preparation of Rural Road Safety Manual
The Rural Road Safety Manual will focus on geometric design and safety measures (practices) in rural roads considering the existing rural road environment of Bangladesh. It will contain detailed and cost effective designs for all types of road safety intervention and physical countermeasures at possible accident prone locations, e.g; at-grade railway level crossings, different types of junction, curves, sharp curves, (considering possible super elevation), hazardous areas such as ditches, water bodies, schools, market areas, bus stops, etc. It should also include cost effective geometric design solutions for different types of roads depending on traffic determined by the data e.g., Commercial Vehicle per Day (CVD); Average Annual Daily Traffic (AADT), etc. LGED maintains a road database and information on traffic data in rural roads can be obtained from the LGED road database.
2. Preparation of Road Safety Training Manuals
The training manual will be used for (TOT) training a pool of LGED engineers, who will work as trainers to train the LGED officials.
It will contain the following: safe road design, including planning for safety, road link design, junction design, specialized modules on Road Safety Audit (RSA for planning and rehabilitation of rural roads) and Road Safety Inspections (RSI) of existing roads), management of road networks (including work zone safety), design of countermeasures at hazardous locations, Monitoring and Evaluation of safety program etc.
This training manual will be due in 4 months after commencement of the services and it will be revised after the completion of the Rural Road Safety Manual, which will be delivered after 12 months from the start of the contract. It is expected that the revision work could be carried out during the period 12-18 months after the signing of the contract with LGED.
3. Organization of Training Programs for training-of-trainers (TOT)
ARI, BUET will organize 6 days long Training Program for training-of-trainers (TOT) at ARI in two batches containing 20 trainees in each.
As of now, Field study has been conducted on 6 roads. The roads are as follows
i) Sreepur-Barmi Road, Gazipur; survey made on 14 September 2014
ii) Kapasia GC-Monohordi GC, Gazipur; survey made on 14 September 2014
iii) Tarakanda-Guatala-Dobaura Road, Mymensing; survey made on 17 September 2014
iv) Sylhet-Kanighat Road, Sylhet; survey made on 08 Decmber 2014
v) Biswanath-Pirer Bazar Road, Sylhet; survey made on 09 Decmber 2014
vi) Sylhet-Companiganj Road, Sylhet; survey made on 10 Decmber 2014
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