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Too little money goes into maintaining and rehabilitating Armenia's road network, says the World Bank's Fiscal Consolidation and Recovery in Armenia report.
The report says that road maintenance expenditures were little changed and inadequate at 0.2% of GDP per year during the last five years. High-income countries with mature road networks in good condition normally allocate about 1% of GDP on maintenance. Armenia suffers from two problems: road standards that are too high for the actual traffic and a lack of road maintenance. High traffic implies high standards; yet the traffic level in Armenia warrants lower standards than those currently used by the Ministry of Transport, which has cost implications. The two combined result in high costs for drivers and the national budget.
Thus, the report assumes that reforms are needed to modify road standards to reflect traffic, adopt performance-based contracts that include rehabilitation and maintenance and ensure adequate maintenance of the most used parts of the network.