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BURUNDI Road Network

 Burundi Roads

The Government started a road sector reform to accompany the privatization of road-related activities. The reform comprises the reorganization of the Ministry of Public Works and Equipment (MTPE) with the aim of increasing the efficiency of the sector. As such, the role of the MTPE is henceforth limited to policy-making, sector coordination and strategic planning.

The other regular duties that were initially performed by the ministry are now devolved to three autonomous entities that are called upon to play complementary roles. These include road planning and work supervision devolved to the National Road Agency (Office des Routes) (OdR), road maintenance management now under the Equipment Leasing Company (Agence de Location du Materiel - ALM) and mobilization and management of road maintenance financial resources now the responsibility of the National Road Fund (Fonds Routier National- FRN).

There have been a couple of road projects with objectives to contribute to Burundi's post-war revival by restoring part of the priority road network, generating employment for the rural poor and improving institutional capacity in the road sector.

One of the projects sponsored by World Bank had a component to restore part of the existing primary road network either destroyed by the war or deteriorated from years of no maintenance.

This component included: (a) the rehabilitation of 161.8 km of the 1,418 km of the paved primary road network, linking major cities, production areas and neighbouring countries, and protection works on the River Rusizi embankments; (b) spot repairs on national roads Nos. 1, 5, and 7, linking the city of Bujumbura with the rest of the country.

Another component was to rehabilitate some 350 km of unpaved secondary and communal roads, principally in agricultural production areas.

Distance Matrix

 

Bujumbura

BUBANZA

BURURI

CIBITOKE

CANKUZO

MAKAMBA

MURAMVYA

MUYINGA

KAYANZA

KIRUNDO

KARUSI

MWARO

GITEGA

NGOZI

RUTANA

RUYIGI

Bujumbura

-

43

106

61

216

167

48

199

94

197

158

66

100

128

138

170

BUBANZA

43

-

167

51

256

204

87

180

75

178

185

109

140

107

181

210

BURURI

106

167

-

168

187

37

119

183

201

245

148

84

90

233

80

138

CIBITOKE

61

51

168

-

281

228

109

188

83

197

219

127

161

115

200

232

CANKUZO

216

256

187

281

-

166

168

60

167

126

107

148

116

135

137

49

MAKAMBA

167

204

37

228

166

-

156

220

238

282

185

12

127

270

51

138

MURAMVYA

48

87

119

109

168

156

-

143

55

150

110

46

52

86

127

119

MUYINGA

199

180

183

188

60

220

143

-

185

64

48

139

93

73

182

109

KAYANZA

94

75

201

83

167

238

55

185

-

103

112

101

118

32

185

174

KIRUNDO

197

178

245

197

126

282

150

64

103

-

94

171

155

71

207

176

KARUSI

158

185

148

219

107

185

110

48

112

94

-

104

116

78

130

99

MWARO

66

109

84

127

148

12

46

139

101

171

104

-

46

104

98

93

GITEGA

100

140

90

161

116

127

52

93

118

155

116

46

-

84

69

77

NGOZI

128

107

233

115

135

270

86

73

32

71

78

104

84

-

153

142

RUTANA

138

181

80

200

137

51

127

182

185

207

130

98

69

153

-

88

RUYIGI

170

210

138

232

49

138

119

109

174

176

99

93

77

142

88

-

 Road Security

Burundi does not have any specialized service for road accident prevention despite the fact that road accident statistics are on the rise each year. The various services responsible for road safety are non-operational and lack coordination, and road safety information sources are unreliable. Insurance companies are the only reliable sources of information in matters relating to car accidents.

The National Road Agency being responsible for road infrastructure contributes to improve the situation, especially by taking into account aspects of road safety with regard to both technical designing of infrastructure and the maintenance thereof.

Weighbridges and Axle Load Limits

Load in Kg / you may adapt Axle load limits Description to the country

Type

Kenya

Tanzania

Truck with 2 axles

16,000 kg

18,000 kg

Truck with 3 axles

22,000 kg

24,000 kg

Truck with 4 axles

26,000 kg

28,000 kg

Semi-trailer with 3 axles

26,000 kg

28,000 kg

Semi-trailer with 4 axles

34,000 kg

36,000 kg

Semi-trailer with 5 axles

40,000 kg

44,000 kg

Semi-trailer with 6 axles

46,000 kg

50,000 kg

Truck & drawbar trailer with 4 axles

34,000 kg

37,000 kg

Truck & drawbar trailer with 5 axles

40,000 kg

45,000 kg

Truck & drawbar trailer with 6 axles

52,000 kg

53,000 kg

Truck & drawbar trailer with 7 axles

56,000 kg

56,000 kg

NB: for Burundi, axle load limitation figures are not yet implemented

There is a plan to harmonize axle weight limit in all EAC countries. Typically payload may not exceed 30MT for a truck of 6 axles.

Road Class and Surface Conditions

 Burundi has over 11,000 km of roads divided in two categories:

(i) Classified network. This is under the responsibility of the Ministry of Public Works and Equipment and managed by OdR.

The classified network includes about 1,945 km of national or primary links, 2,522 km of provincial roads linking provinces, and 282 km of communal roads.

(ii) The "unclassified" network of over 6,000 km is managed by local governments and councils, and distributed following geographical boundaries.

This category includes urban roads of which 462 km are in the capital city of Bujumbura.

Classification 

Administering Agency 

Network Length 

National Roads

OdR

1945km

Provincial Roads

OdR

2522km

Communal Roads

OdR

282km

Urban Roads (Out of Bujumbura)

OdR

325km

  

Road Category 

Total Length (km)

Unpaved(KM)

Paved (KM)

National Roads 

1,945 

842 

1,103

Provincial Roads 

2,522 

2,501 

21

Communal Roads 

282

282

0

Urban Network (Bujumbura only)

462

0

462

Total Classified Network

5,211 

3,625 

1,586

Classification 

Description 

National Road (RN)

Road with international links to Bujumbura and the major towns. (Bitumen surfacing and gravel)

Provincial Road (RP)

Roads used for intra and inter provincial travel. Bitumen/ gravel

Communal Road (RC)

Roads in the rural areas.

Urban road

Road network in towns.

Burundi main corridors in country

-KOBERO-GITEGA-BUJUMBURA

-GASENYI-NGOZI-BUJUMBURA

-KANYARU-KAYANZA-BUJUMBURA

-RUHWA-BUJUMBURA

-MUGINA-NYANZA-LAC-BUJUMBURA

Burundi Transport corridors

Northern corridor: Mombasa-Kampala-Kigali-Bujumbura

Central corridor: Dar-Es-Salaam-Isaka-Bujumbura

Southern corridor: Mpulungu(Zambia)-Kigoma-Bujumbura