Assessing the Compliance of Road Widening and Improvement Standards with Rural Community Needs (A Case Study of Villages in Paveh)

Document Type : Research Paper


Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and Rural Planning, Faculty of Social Sciences, Payame Noor University, Tehran, Iran.


One of the components of the Haadi Plan is the development of rural passage networks. The network of passages is considered as the main mmaters of the village because all human, livestock and commodity transport is possible in these communication networks. The network paths do not follow a specific pattern and are a function of the terrain variables (roughness, height, and slope). The purpose of this study was to assess the compliance of the standards of road adjustment with the needs of the villagers in the mountainous areas of Paveh using descriptive-analytical and field research. Nine mountainous villages were randomly selected in Paveh and 83 pedestrian networks were examined for slope percentage, path forms, and elevation levels. Local people's views were sought on physical dimensions of the passages using 16 questions. Mean and chi-square analysis were used for data analysis. The findings related to elevation indicated that the villages were 1250 to 1750 m above sea level. In terms of slope, 24 passageways had slopes above 40%; 32 passageways had slopes between 20-39% and 19 passageways were less than 20% in slope and were open and roofed in texture. The results showed that 66% of the respondents identified the road network renovation to be in accordance with the needs of the village. Therefore, the findings point to the need to improve the rural passage network. Al rural passages should be covered by the executive. Second, the use of quality materials ensures the viability of the passage network. Third, the height factor should be taken into account in making it easier to climb the stairs.


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