Evaluation of costs on highway projects
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This research was to evaluate costs on highway projects with the hope that it would help to establish whether the completed roads satisfy the objectives thus improvement of accessibility to social services, reduce on time of travel from one area to another, reduce on vehicle operation costs, boost household income and poverty. Despite the government’s and donor efforts to fund road projects through their support to LGDP, PAF and conditional grants, there has been no report to establish whether the objectives above have been fulfilled. The assessment was based on five evaluation criteria these were efficiency (in terms of time and resource usage), effectiveness (in terms of extent of goal achievement for tendering), relevance (in forms of needs and priorities), impact (negative and positive) and sustainability (operations and maintenance work on projects). Five sections along the KNBP were randomly selected, funded by EU and supervised by the client’s representative (COWI) representing UNRA which the government organization responsible for the construction and maintenance of roads in Uganda. The sections selected included; Busega West end, Sentema IC, Hoima IC, Gayaza IC and Kyebando-Ntinda IC. Information regarding the efficiency criterion was obtained from the client’s representative records, the project engineer’s office. The data regarding the criteria thus, effectiveness, relevancy, impact, sustainability, was collected by aid of questionnaires. The respondents for the questionnaire were the project engineers, site inspectors and the road users. The data collected was analyzed as given in the relevant chapter. Recommendations were made basing one the data collected from the client’s representative records and observations from the information obtained from the questionnaire survey and analysis. in conclusion, generally of the four roads evaluated, 40% of the roads were executed at the planned cost, time frame and quantity, 60% were established to have attained the intended objective. All of the roads were needs satisfaction of the stakeholders and the maintenance mechanisms in place are inadequate. The key recommendations include, Enhancement of appraisal, community participation and sensitization during the planning of the project and maintenance be given a sufficient budget and priority.