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Mali Road Network Assessment

Mali Roads

For information on Mali road network contact details, please see the following link: 

4.1 Mali Government Contact List

Distance Matrix


Distances from Capital City to Major Towns (km)



Bamako*5 hours8 hours3 hours8 hours2 days2 days3 days
Sikasso5 hours*------
Kayes8 hours-*-----
Segou3 hours--*----
Mopti8 hours---*6 hours--
Tombouctou2 days---6 hours*--
Gao2 days---6 hours-*5 hours
Kidal3 days-----5 hours*


Road Security

Due to the narrow roads and the poor vehicle state, accidents occur, particularly on the Bamako Ségou road. But generally speaking, security is quite good. Extra attention must be paid when driving by night as a lot of cars with no lights are circulating. Road safety is also not an issue even if robbery can sometimes happen.

Weighbridges and Axle Load Limits

Some weighbridges are already operational on main international corridors like in Kati (15 km from Bamako, on the RN3 road to Senegal), Diboli (at the Senegalese border) and Sanankoroba (on the RN7 to Sikasso, 35 km from Bamako). Some more will follow as they are the key equipments to implement the new axle load limits policy. The Malian government is torn between the will of maintaining a proper road network (supported by sub regional common rules edited by the UEMOA limiting drastically the axle load) and the economical impact of such measures for a landlocked country whose economy completely relies on road corridors. Most of Mali neighboring countries already limit the truck load to 11.5 MT/axle for all vehicles whose gross weight is exceeding 6 MT. Since August 2009 Mali is limiting the load to 14 MT/axle and will cope with the 11.5 MT/axle limit in June 2010. Excessive loading will be fined 10,000 FCFA/MT.

Road Class and Surface Conditions

ClassificationAdministering AgencyNetwork Length
Routes Nationales
14,102 km
Routes Régionales
7,052 km
Routes Locales
28,929 km
Routes Communales
89,024 km
Routes Nationales (RN)
National roads consist of road links that are of public utility for the nation as a whole. They link the principal towns of two regions or the principal town of a region to the District of Bamako; cross borders; belong to the transafrican road network; are of major economic importance, connecting two or more regions. Most of the routes nationales are tarmac roads.
Routes Régionales (RR)
Regional roads consist of roads that are of regional utility and that concern several circles or connect two principal towns in a circle.
Routes Locales (RL)
Local roads consist of roads that are of subregional utility and that concern several communes or connect two principal towns of communes.
Routes Communales (RC)
Communal roads consist of roads that are of communal utility for a single commune. They connect the principal town of the commune to the villages or connect the villages in a given commune.

For information on Mali Road Network Additional details, please see the following document: 

Mali Road Inventory Map

Mali Axle load regulations - Reglement 14 2005 CM UEMOA

Mali International Corridors Leading to the Country

Mali roadmap A4 -IGM June 2009

Mali Transport of Agricultural Products May 2009 - report from Afrique Verte -in French

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.