The State Public Works Department (Roads) has decided to carry out a road safety audit of about 500 kms roads in Meghalaya. The audit will be conducted as per IRC:SP 88-2019.
It may be mentioned that the Meghalaya government has received a loan from the World Bank under its Meghalaya Integrated Transport Project (MITP) for road safety audit in the State.
The Meghalaya Infrastructure Development and Financing Corporation (MIDFC) through the Public Works Department (Roads) has recently invited bids from experienced road safety consultants for the preparation of road safety audit for the State.
The detailed road safety audit of about 500 kms of roads in the State will include identification of stretches or black spots and furnish the measures to improve the black spot, etc.
In addition, the road safety audit will also include all road safety concerns and the recommendations for addressing the safety concerns with necessary justification for each of the recommendations shall be required so as to enable the State PWD (Roads) to take decisions on implementation of the audit recommendations.
The road safety audit and all corrective measures shall be carried out as per IRC:ISC SP-88- 2018 or its latest edition and as per the guidelines of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.
The selected consultant will provide details and data related to the road stretch relevant to road safety audit/ improvement of black spot, base map, traffic and other details. These will have to be reviewed by auditors and further supplementary data/details are to be collected and formulated by auditors to cross check the available data and to get the missing details which are required to carry out comprehensive and objective road safety audits as per guidelines.
The consultant will conduct thorough survey investigations as part of the road safety audit in line with relevant IRC codes, Ministry’s guidelines, best industry practices and international practices.
The road safety audit of project stretch or black spots will be carried out by the consultant with due diligence kilometer by kilometer through repeated visits to project stretches, observations of the traffic conditions in different times during day and night, local enquiries, collection of accident data from police authorities and studying base maps and other details.
The safety concerns in each km will be identified and feasible redressed options will be brought out, keeping in view the context of project stretch. Moreover, the road safety audit report will have to be prepared giving the safety concerns, recommendations for addressing them and justification for their recommendation, cost estimate etc. The auditors will use rough sketches and indicative drawings etc to explain these recommendations.
The road safety audit report will be prepared for each road individually and to be compiled and submitted to the PWD engineer concerned.