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Côte d'Ivoire Roads

 

The road network can be considered as good in Côte d’Ivoire. This is particularly the case for all the trunk roads linking all the regions and main townships in the country. The road network is particularly well adapted for long distance haulage. The main corridors leading from the ports of Abidjan and San Pedro to Mali, Burkina Faso and Ghana are in fair to good condition. Although no serious road maintenance works have been conducted since 2002, since 2012 a huge program of road construction and maintenance works have been undertaken across the entire country and as a result road conditions are improving. The third bridge of Abidjan was opened in December 2014. The highway starting from Abidjan was extended to Yamoussoukro in 2013, which is 230 km of 2x3 routes. Users are required to pay toll fees for both of these pieces of infrastructure. 

Many other roads are under construction or are undergoing rehabilitation.  There are two national authorities, FER and AGEROUTE, dealing with roads, maintenance works and controlling. The controlling of the gross vehicle weight or the adherence to the maximum allowed weight per axle has been effective since August 2015 at the main highway (Abidjan – Yamoussoukro) and at borders to prevent the overloading of vehicles. Except for a few initiatives undertaken regionally, the condition of secondary and local roads (gravel or earth) network is generally bad to extremely bad. Maintenance works are not regular and have not been for some time. Road traffic is limited to 4x4, pick-up trucks or rigid chassis trucks with 10 to 15 tons capacity.

For information on Cote d'Ivoire road company contact details, please see the following link: 4.2.1 Cote D'Ivoire Government Contact List

Distance Matrix


AbidjanBouakéYakroKorhogoOdiennéMan
San Pedro
Bondoukou
Abidjan
356243580826558340413.
Bouaké356
113224.456450487321
Yakro243113
337605337374446
Korhogo580224337
232500711523
Odienné826456605232
268685755
Man558450337500268
417783
San Pedro340487374711685417
755
Bondoukou513321446523755783755

AbidjanBouakeYakroKorhogoOdiennéMan
San Pedro
Bondoukou
Abidjan
04h3003h0007h0009h0007h0005h3006h00
Bouake04h30
01h3002h3007h3005h3007h3006h00
Yakro03h0001h30
04h0006h0004h006h0006h00
Korhogo07h0002h3004h00
04h0008h0008h0008h00
Odienné09h0007h0006h0004h00
03h0008h0012h00
Man07h0005h3004h0008h0003h00
05h0010h00
San Pedro05h3007h0005h3012h0012h0005h00
10h00
Bondoukou06h0006h0006h0008h0012h0010h0010h00
The transit times indicated here above are for a Toyota Landcruiser travelling under normal road and weather conditions. Roadblocks are numerous but delays are kept to a bare minimum for UN and NGO passenger vehicles.
Trailer/lorries cruise at an average speed of 40 to 50 km but controls at checkpoints, roadblocks and road cutters’ barriers may entail long delays. For a lorry, the journey from Abidjan Port to Korhogo may require two 12 hour days of  driving.

Road Security

Unsafe road conditions, unskilled drivers, and poorly maintained and overloaded vehicles create very poor driving conditions. Speed limits, lane markings, and signals are not respected, and vehicle drivers do not yield for pedestrians or bicyclists.

Weighbridges and Axle Load Limits

TypeWeight limit per axleLCA CountryGross vehicle/train weightTransit Country (specify)
Truck with 2 axles6 mt and 11.5 mt-17.5 mtMax. 12 m
Truck with 2 axles (with twin wheels at rear axle)6 mt and 12.0 mt-18.0 mtMax. 12 m
Truck with 3 axles (1 + 2*)6 mt and 20.0 mt-26.0 mtMax. 12 m
Truck with 4 axles ( 1 + 3**)6 mt and 21.0 mt-27.0 mtMax. 12 m
Semi-trailer with 3 axles (1 + 1 +1)6 mt - 11.5 mt – 11.5 mt-29.0 mtMax. 16.5 m
Semi-trailer with 4 axles (1 + 1 + 2*)6 mt – 11.5 mt – 16.0 mt-34.0 mtMax. 16.5 m
Semi-trailer with 5 axles (1  + 2* + 2*)6 mt – 16.0 mt – 16.0 mt-38.0 mtMax. 16.5 m
Semi-trailer with 6 axles (1 + 2* + 3**)6 mt – 16.0 mt – 21.0 mt-43.0 mtMax. 16.5 m
Truck & drawbar trailer with 4 axles (1 + 1 – 1 + 1)6 mt – 11.5 mt – 6 mt – 11.5 mt-Max. 38 mtMax. 18.75 m
Truck & drawbar trailer with 5 axles (1 + 2* – 1 + 1)6 mt – 16.0 mt – 6 mt – 11.5 mt-Max. 44 mtMax. 18.75 m
Truck & drawbar trailer with 6 axles (1 + 2* - 1 + 2*)6 mt –16.0 mt – 6 mt – 16.0 mt-Max. 51 mtMax. 18.75 m
Truck & drawbar trailer with 7 axles(1 + 3** –1 + 2*)6 mt – 21.0 mt – 6 mt – 16 mt-Max. 51 mtMax. 18.75 m
* Distances between twin intermediary or rear axles to be between 1 and 1.3 metres.
** Distances between treble rear axles less than 1.3 metre.
The weight allowed for twin and treble axles varies according to the distance between the individual axles.
The width of all vehicles is 2.60 m except for reefer vehicles where the allowed with is 2.65 m.

Road Class and Surface Conditions

ClassificationDescription
Class: Autoroute
Highway
Class: A- routes internationales et régionales
Provide long distance connections between several administrative regions and with neighboring states
Class: B-routes départementales
Provide connections between different ‘’chefs lieux de département’’
Class: C-routes de sous prefectures et de villages
Provide connection within sous prefectures and villages

For information on Cote d'Ivoire Road Network additional details, please see the following document: 

Cote d'Ivoire Road Network Additional Information

Note: The information provided in the attached documents, which has been taken from the old DLCA, does not match the structure of the new LCA and is therefore provided separately.