Stone arch bridges - A practical manual for local governments

This manual was developed based on the experience of the Kasese District Poverty Reduction Programme (KDPRP) in Western Uganda, during the period 2009- 2013. The programme piloted stone arch culverts and bridges in rural areas, where low labour costs and high cost of industrial building materials favour this technology. The construction of stone arch bridges in Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda has demonstrated its overall feasibility in East Africa. 

The purpose of this manual is to provide supervisors of stone arch bridge works with an easy step by step guide. The stepwise approach ensures adherence to quality requirements and construction methodology. The main target audience of this manual is the road works supervisors and engineers employed by District Local Governments in East Africa. However, the manual remains relevant in the context of many other developing countries.

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