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An increase in temperature and extreme precipitation has clear and direct impacts on the transportation sector. Temperature increases in the middle and southern part of Kazakhstan will inevitably cause a deterioration of the road conditions, melting of the asphalts and wear of the infrastructures. Extreme precipitation will also cause the risk for flooding and the risk of temporary or permanent damages to roads and bridges.
Some of the most direct inpats that climate change might have on the transport sector are listed below:
Pavement of roads is most vulnerable to heat. Higher temperature will require other and new types of asphalt, more resistant against damage caused by rutting and melting. The incidence of traffic accidents strongly correlates to heat.
A shift in the seasonal precipitation and elevation is expected to increase the risk of avalanches and glacier lake breaches.
The increase in extreme precipitations events will mean that the design conditions of roads and bridges might become inadequate. The risk of temporary or permanent disruption to transportation routes could become inevitable. Extreme precipitation is a major cause of hazards like mudflow, flash floods and landslides, which all disrupt infrastructure by putting an impact on road and bridge foundation and causing an overload of the drainage system.
The transport sector in Kyrgyzstan will be affected by increasing temperatures and asphalt melt, particularly in the northern parts of the country. Infrastructure for drainage and works like bridges may need to be redesigned to adapt to increased levels of precipitation.