Road transport is the main mode of transport in Malawi.
- The Road Network is composed of 15.451km of which about 26% are paved. 74% of the road network is earth/gravel surface.
- Road re-classification studies done in 2006 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 present road condition is 21% good, 7% fair and 42% poor.
- The targeted road network condition by year 2011 is 71% good, 18% fair and 1% poor.
Malawi Road Network Classification (April 2008)
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