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Rural Road Maintenance Sustaining the Benefits of Improved Access

Rural roads are often treated as the last link in the transport network. Despite this, they are often the most important link in terms of providing access for the rural population. Road deterioration due to lack of maintenance is a growing and chronic problem in developing countries but the extent of the problem is not fully appreciated and the solutions are still not commonly understood. ILO has therefore prepared a new document entitled 'Road Maintenance Sustaining the Benefits of Improved Access'. It provides both an evidence based assessment of the situation in the Asian region and the implications of present limitations. It also presents proposals for improving the situation and identifies good practices from the region.  

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