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The Importance Of Road Management: Why We Need Better Roads

Inadequate road infrastructure is a global problem that leads to a host of issues, including traffic congestion, accidents, pollution, and decreased economic activity. According to the World Economic Forum, bad roads cost the world economy $1.5 trillion each year in lost productivity and fuel consumption. This is why road management is so important. Effective road management leads to better roads, which in turn leads to increased safety, efficiency, and sustainability.

In this article, we will explore the importance of road management and 5 reasons why we need better roads.

  • Traffic Congestion:

Traffic congestion occurs when too many vehicles are on a road at one time to accommodate them all safely. This can happen for many reasons: poor road design, bad weather conditions, an accident that causes backups, road construction projects, etc.

The more vehicles there are on the road at once, the longer it takes to get through traffic jams. As a result, drivers have to spend more time sitting in traffic instead of getting where they need to go quickly or safely. Therefore, road traffic management in NZ has become necessary.

  • Accidents:

Poor road conditions lead to accidents, which are costly and dangerous for drivers, passengers, pedestrians, cyclists, and other motorists on the road. In fact, according to estimates from the World Health Organization (WHO), poor road conditions cause 1 million deaths each year around the world — more than HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined!

  • Pollution:

Poorly maintained roads release pollutants into the environment that cause health problems for people living nearby. This can lead to increased asthma rates among children who attend schools near busy roads or major highways.

The WHO estimates that 9 out of 10 people globally live in places where air pollution exceeds WHO limits!

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  • Reduced Economic Activity:

Road infrastructure is a key component of economic growth and development. Inadequate roads lead to decreased economic activity, which means less money in the pockets of businesses and individuals around the world.

  • Reduces Bad Road Costs:

In addition to reduced economic activity caused by poor road conditions, bad roads also cost money directly through the maintenance costs associated with them.

According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHA), American taxpayers spend $10 billion annually on repairs for damaged highways alone — not including other road-related expenses such as traffic congestion or accidents caused by poor infrastructure conditions.

These costs are only expected to grow as more cars hit the road every year, so it’s clear that something needs to be done about this problem now before things get worse later on down the line


Without road management, the costs of bad roads will continue to burden the world economy.

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