FRED has been selected for a new road safety project in Tanzania. This is the first time FRED is working in this country, adding to the company’s rich portfolio.
In Tanzania, traffic crashes have become one of the most common causes of death and injury and thereby a serious negative economic and social factor that must be addressed. In line with the Decade of Action on Road Safety 2021-30, Tanzania is conducting the first ever pilot of the Ten Step Plan for Safer Road Infrastructure (Ten Step Plan).
The Ten Step Plan was developed by the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration ‘Safer Roads and Mobility’ group. It is designed to provide countries with a proven step by step process to build national capacity for safer road infrastructure, and to help them achieve Global Road Safety Performance Targets 3 and 4.
The Tanzania Ten Step Plan for Safer Road Infrastructure pilot project is jointly funded by the Global Road Safety Facility (GRSF) and the United Nations Road Safety Fund (UNRSF) and is being implemented with the World Bank, Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (UK AID) and the Government of Tanzania through the Tanzania National Roads Agency (TANROADS) and the Tanzania Rural and Urban Roads Agency (TARURA), as well as the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), International Road Federation (IRF), World Road Association (PIARC), International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP), research institutions, NGOs and industry stakeholders.
This technical assistance is supported by a grant iRAP has received from the GRSF.
The main objectives of the assignment are to support implementation of the Ten Step Plan in Tanzania by:
- Performing safety assessments and evaluations of existing roads and designs.
- Developing recommendations for priority safety improvements to existing roads and designs, including those that can be implemented within existing capital works and maintenance programs.
- Contributing to the growth of infrastructure safety management awareness and capacity within the various road development, management and regulatory agencies as well as selected consultants and contractors in Tanzania.
The FRED team will then be called upon to carry out the iRAP assessment of 1,716 km of existing roads and 849 km of roads in the design stage.
Activities include road survey, road attribute coding, collection of supporting data (traffic and speed), Star Rating and Safer Roads Investment Plans (SRIP), crash data risk mapping. FRED will also support iRAP in the launch of TanRAP, an event to celebrate the start of the TanRAP assessment activities, raising awareness of all key road safety stakeholders in the country and linking local activities with international safety and RAP activities.
Technical activities include also four workshops to build capacities among local institutions and practitioners.