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Road safety study for roadway functional and preliminary designs rehabiliation of Belize’s Northern Highway between miles 9.5 -24.5: Ongoing study: anticipated completion December 2017
TranSafe Consulting, Burnaby, BC, Canada.
Morrison Hershfield.
2018 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The Government of Belize is a leader in road safety among Caribbean countries. Its vision is that Belize will have the safest roads in the Latin America and Caribbean countries and will work toward the ultimate goal of zero traffic fatalities and zero serious injuries. Since the introduction of the Belize Road Safety Project, there has been some improvement in the death rate from 21 per 100,000 population in 2012 down to a projected death rate of 8.36 per 100,000 population by the end of 2015.

The Climate Resilient Infrastructure Project (CRIP) aims at enhancing the resilience of road infrastructure against flood risk and impacts of climate change and at improving Belize's capacity to respond promptly and effectively in an Eligible Crisis or Emergency, as required. As part of this project, a portion of the Philip Goldson Highway (formerly the Northern Highway) was identified for rehabilitation.

In 2013, The Korea’s Knowledge Sharing Program (KSP) established by the Korean Ministry of Strategy and Finance (MOSF) and the Korea Development Institute (KDI) partnered with Belize with the aim of exchanging socio-economic development experience of the two countries for improving Belize’s policy making capacity and achieving socio-economic development. Under the signed MOU a joint research project was born to support the development of a Belizean made Transportation Master Plan (BTMP), based on Korea’s experience in devising its own National Transportation Master Plan.

The comprehensive BTMP established a feasible and detailed national transportation master plan for Belize that contains a systematic way to attract investment in transportation infrastructure. This plan was to play a pivotal role in not only improving transportation conditions but also boosting economic development. The BTMP prioritized projects essential to raising the efficiency and advancement of transportation infrastructure in the country. Important synergies and forecasting data resulted from the BTMP have been borrowed to this study for a wide range of purposes including socio-economic modelling, travel demand forecasting, safety risk and societal cost evaluation, national road network priorities and timelines, and multimodal considerations.

Following the success of a highway demonstration corridor project on the Western Highway, the Goldson Highway rehabilitation project included the identification of safety improvements to address current issues affecting the safety of all modes.

Explicit safety reviews were conducted to identify both corridor-wide and location-specific issues that were affecting the existing safety performance of the highway, and options to mitigate these issues through the redesign of the roadway, and to review the design plans during the design stage to identify opportunities to further optimize safety performance.

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Linköping: Statens väg- och transportforskningsinstitut, 2018.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:vti:diva-12901OAI: oai:DiVA.org:vti-12901DiVA, id: diva2:1203917
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18th International Conference Road Safety on Five Continents (RS5C 2018), Jeju Island, South Korea, May 16-18, 2018
Available from: 2018-05-16 Created: 2018-05-04 Last updated: 2018-05-25Bibliographically approved

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