Road Networks

THE PUBLIC ROAD NETWORK

The Classified Road Network

The Malawi classified public road network is 15,451 Km, of which 4,312 Km (about 28%) are paved and 11,139 Km (72%) are unpaved and mostly of earth standard.

Road Class

Paved (Km)

Unpaved (Km)

Total (Km)

Main

2,976

381

3,357

Secondary

513

2,612

3,125

Tertiary

44

4,077

4,121

District

8

3,492

3,500

Urban

771

577

1,348

Totals

4,312

11,139

15,451

                                Source: Roads Authority (2017)                 

The Paved Road Network Condition

The condition of the paved road network is such that 38% are in good condition, 40% are in fair condition and 22% are in poor condition.

Road Condition

Paved (Km)

Percentage

Good condition

1,639

38%

Fair condition

1,725

40%

Poor condition

948

22%

Totals

4,312

100%

                                                Source: Roads Authority (2014 Road Condition Survey)

Management of the Public Road Network

The management of the public road network is carried out by different institutions depending on the road class. The Roads Authority is responsible for the management of the trunk roads (i.e. the main, secondary and tertiary roads) and Local Authorities (i.e. City, Town, Municipal or District Councils) are responsible for the management of district and urban roads within their jurisdictions.

Road Class

Total (Km)

Responsibility

Main

3,357

Roads Authority

Secondary

3,125

Roads Authority

Tertiary

4,121

Roads Authority

District

3,500

Local Authorities

Urban

1,348

Local Authorities

Totals

15,451

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Due to capacity challenges under most Local Authorities, the management of district and unban roads is currently being supported by the Roads Authority.