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Special Problems of Small Road Networks

The most difficult road agencies to deal with tend to be at the local government level. Small towns and rural districts often have quite small road networks that cannot support an effective road agency. They are often responsible for a network of little more than 100 to 300 km. With such small road networks, the local road agency cannot afford to employ many (if any) technically qualified staff (i.e., they lack any economies of scale), are usually acutely short of revenues and - in deep rural areas - may also have difficulty finding labor to carry out the road works.