Analysis of Accidents on Rural Trunk Roads

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KWAME NKRUMAH UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING
MASTER OF SCIENCE (M.Sc.) DEGREE
IN
ROAD AND TRANSPORTATION ENGINEERING

THESIS PROPOSAL

Analysis of accidents on the ELWA Junction to Roberts International Airport Highway between the period 2009 – 2013.

SUBMITTED BY
SUNDIATA S. JUASEMAI

MARCH 2013

TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. BACKGROUND.………………………………………………………………………….3

2. STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM ……………………………………………………3

3. GENERAL OBJECTIVES………………………………………………………………...4

4.1 SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES ……………………………………………………………4

4. RESEARCH METHODS………………………………………………………………….4

5. MISCELLANEOUS……………………………………………………………………….5

6.2 PROPOSED FORMAT OF THE THEISIS REPORT………………………………...5

6.3 RESEARCH PROPOSED TIMESCALE…………………………………………….7

6. REFERENCES…………………………………………………………………………….8

I. BACKGROUND
Roberts International Airport (RIA) highway is the main road link to Liberia’s main airport. The 23km highway stretches from ELWA junction in Paynesville, Montserrado County to the airport in Margibi County. The airport is ideally located in Margibi County which borders with Firestone Plantation Company, one time the world’s largest natural rubber plantation. In view of its status, it is very important to Liberia’s economy. The road links RIA and the city of Paynesville and because of its significance and the pivotal role it plays, interest has been developed to do a research on its usage as it relates to accidents. The trunk road which has lot of feeder roads feeding it also link Monrovia to the Southeast of Liberia; which indicates how constantly it is busy. Though it is use as a means of supplying goods and services to this part of the country, it is heavily use daily by the World’s one time largest producer of natural rubber (Firestone). Besides being its major user, most of its vehicles that ply this road are Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGV). This road experiences numerous accidents annually, with over 90% of these accidents being fatal.

2. STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM
Since the construction and dedication of the road link leading from ELWA junction to the Roberts International Airport (RIA); it has been a major route for use in the country. In view of its enormous usage, it has been a route that had experienced countless numbers of accidents; most of which had resulted into fatal or serious injuries with damage to properties in some cases. These accidents have caused serious losses of output to the Liberian economy and which I think must be investigated as to what are the major causes of these accidents . 3. GENERAL OBJECTIVES

The Government of Liberia attaches significance to this road linking Roberts International Airport to the capital Monrovia. Since this road is paramount to the economic growth of the country, attention is being placed on the causes of the frequent occurrences of accidents. This research aims at identifying the major causes of these accidents and recommend mitigation or remedial measures. A better understanding as to what are the causes of these accidents are factors that will be highly considered in this research.

3.1 SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES
* Assess the negative effects and their impacts on the road corridor as it relates to accidents, * Assess the causes of these negative impacts and their resulting outcomes, * Assess a broader insight of the identified impacts and the effects they have on the National Government both internally and externally, and * Recommend remedial interventions to alleviate or minimize these negative effects.

4. RESEARCH METHODS
The successful accomplishment of this research in achieving its objectives will be dependent on textbooks, relevant journals and literature reviews of past works in this...
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