We have recently returned from a trip to Kazakhstan where we oversaw the mobilisation of the Data Collection Consultant for the Asian Development Bank’s Road Maintenance Sustainability Project. The work is being undertaken by a Joint Venture of Studi e Pianificazione del Territorio S.r.l. (SPT) and Kazdornii, the Kazakhstan Highway Research Institute. The assignment includes the technical and mechanical surveys of over 1000km of roads in Kostanay Oblast. The information from these surveys will be used to provide a baseline for the Performance Based Road Maintenance Contracts, which are currently being prepared, and will provide detailed inputs for the design of pavement life cycle treatments. The data collected will also be used in the HDM-4 economic analysis for the project. It is expected that the surveys will be completed by the end of September 2017.
I visited the Castlefarm access road today at the Dairygold milk processing plant. The rehabilitated access road looked splendid in the cold winter weather and I enclose a photograph of the completed project which includes a new pavement and footpath. We are pleased to have acted as Engineers on behalf of Dairygold for this project which was constructed by Martin O’Callaghan Contractors Ltd.
We are delighted that we have been appointed by the Asian Development Bank to support the Road Maintenance Sustainability Project. This project will lead to the development of performance based road maintenance contracts throughout Kazakhstan. The initial site visit and inspection of around 1400km of roads was completed in October 2016 and we are now helping to develop the scope of the road testing programme and developing the performance based contract for Kostanay Oblast. Further details on the project is available from the ADB web site at https://lnkd.in/e_HS4t7.
McCurdy Associates are delighted to have been appointed to provide Transaction Advisory Services for the Operation and Maintenance of the Nairobi Southern Bypass PPP Project as part of the CPCS Transcom and Roughton International Team and will provide engineering inputs to the Tolling and the Operation and Maintenance aspects of the PPP.
The National Roads Authority have formally published DMRB NRA HD 30: Pavement Asset Repair and Renewal - Scheme Approval Procedure and DMRB NRA HD 31 Pavement Assessment, Repair and Renewal Principles. McCurdy Associates are delighted to have played a key role in the development and drafting of these documents as sub-consultant to Roughan O'Donovan and Pavement Management Services. Further information and copies of NRA HD 30 and 31 can be downloaded from the www.mccurdy.ie web site using the Resources link.
McCurdy Associates are developing a reputation for innovative thinking and expertise in road maintenance and have recently supervised the construction of over 3 km of low energy pavement recycling and are helping draft the new NRA Guidelines for Network Pavement Renewal Works. Details of these were presented in last week's NRA Conference in Westport.