Vulnerability Assessment of Haiti’s Road network

SERVICE Vulnerability study
DATE 2020-2021

Due to its location, Haiti is particularly exposed to hurricanes, tropical cyclones and seismic events, which can have a high impact in the country’s highly sensitive infrastructure. The project aimed developing a methodology to assess the level of vulnerability of road segments and road assets to natural hazards based on the estimation of different Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) including exposure, condition, coping capacity, sensitivity, vulnerability, criticality and adaptive capacity. Data for this assessment was gathered through an inventory and condition inspection campaign.

Once the methodology was drafted and the input data was collected, the project undertook vulnerability and risk assessments to identify the intervention needs along the road network. It also included the prioritization of such interventions and preparation of investment plans to increase resilience of the network.

Based on the above, the contract also included the drafting of the Terms of Reference for the most common interventions required, so that once the contract is completed, the Ministry of Public Works, Transport and Communication can easily contract the intervention works.

Finally, the contract included an important capacity building exercise on two key areas: field survey protocols (which encompassed drive-over surveys of the roads and condition assessments of major assets), and the methodology and operation of the vulnerability assessment tool (methodology, potential outcomes, interpretation of results, future maintenance requirements, stakeholders that could take advantage of the tool, guidelines on mitigations measures, decision-making and investment planning, etc…).

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