Road safety remains a top priority for the EU and its Western Balkans regional Connectivity Agenda transport reform measures. In April 2018, the Ministers of Transport of the Western Balkans endorsed a Road Safety Declaration which reasserted commitments and set ambitious targets to be developed at regional level in the area of road safety.
Following the findings and recommendations from CONNECTA regional study on road safety (Preparation of Road Safety Inspection and Audit Plans for core/comprehensive road network in Western Balkans (WB6) and Pilots) where actual road safety inspections (RSI) were performed along 580 km of high risk sections, the technical assistance for improving road safety conditions along the core/comprehensive network in Western Balkans was endorsed as the regional Transport Community priority and approved for immediate action.
The specific objective of CONNECTA’s assignment was to prepare Main/Detail Designs for the identified highest risk hazards on the ten road sections, which were feasible to be implemented in the short term in order to improve safety conditions and reduce road accidents. The selected priority sections were:
- ALB Shkoder – Koplik (length 13km) – route 2b – core
- ALB Fushe Kruje – Lezhe (length 35.9km) – route 2b – core
- BiH Ozimica – Topčić Polje (24 km) – corridor Vc – core
- BiH Jablanica – Potoci (36.3km) – corridor Vc – core
- KOS Fushe Kosove – Gjurgjice (28km) – route 6b – comprehensive
- MKD Bitola – Prilep (42 km) – corridor Xd – comprehensive
- MNE Podgorica – Mioska (54 km) – route 4 – core
- SRB Bubanj Potok – Mali Požarevac (20.6 km) – corridor x – core
- SRB Stepojevac – Ćelije (22.1 km) – route 4 – core
- SRB Orlovača – Stepojevac (22.1km) – route 4 – core
The successfully completed assignment is expected to have a significant impact on the institutional capacity of each Regional Participant (RP) and to expedite the implementation of the roadmaps for the continuation of the project – including actual implementation of the designs on the ground, update of road safety related design practices and on alignment of road maintenance with safety aspects.
In addition, the recommendations for further actions consider a harmonised road safety approach among all RPs and exploration of possibilities to link the project with complementary actions of the Transport Community Permanent Secretariat.
Additional information on the assignment can be obtained by contacting Giorgos Xanthakos, CONNECTA Deputy Team Leader, at email@example.com.