Road network coverage

Based on information contained in the current Five Year Strategic Plan,

  • The Public Road Network coverage  by end June 2016 remained 15.451km out of which about 28% are paved and 72%  is earth/gravel surface.
  • Road re-classification studies done in 2016 identified about 9,478km of undesignated road network that serve the rural communities.
  • The main, secondary and tertiary roads effectively make up the country’s core network, with remaining roads acting as feeder system.
  • Road handles more than 70% on internal freight and 99 of passenger traffic
  • Road transport handles more than 90% of international freight and passenger traffic
  • It is due to this large volume of internal freight and passenger traffic that Malawi Government has given high priority to maintenance and construction of roads in Malawi.
  • It is actually estimated that 55% of the costs of production are taken up by transportation costs in Malawi compared to 17% of other developing countries.
  • The condition of paved road network as at June 2014 is 38% good, 40% fair and 22% poor.
Malawi Road Network  (June 2016)
Type Paved Unpaved Total Network
Km %Share Km %Share Km %Share
Main (M) 2,976 69 381 3 3,357 22
Secondary (S) 513 12 2,612 23 3,125 20
Tertiary (T) 44 1 4,077 37 4,121 27
District (D) 8 0 3,492 31 3,500 23
Urban (U) 771 18 577 5 1,348 9
Total Designated 4,312 100 11,139 100 15,451 100
%Share 26 74 100
Community Road Network (undesignated) 0  – 9,478  45 9,478 38
Total Road Network 4,312 20,617 24,929