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The Federated States of Micronesia consists of 607 islands extending 2,900 km (1,802 mi) across the archipelago of the Caroline Islands east of the Philippines. FSM has 388 Km of roads 184 sealed 204 unsealed (CIA Fact book)
The islands are grouped into four states, which are Yap, Chuuk Pohnpei (also known as "Ponape") Kosrae The capital is Palikir, on Pohnpei. The majority of the roads are on these 4 main state islands. Few outer islands have any type of road islands and rely on small walking track to get between villages.
The Department of Transport and Public works in each state are responsible for the maintenance of roads. While heavy equipment is available with the exception of Chuuk it is the cost of fuel which appears to restrict maintenance activities.
Traffic moves at a 40Km max speed limit on all the islands. The greatest risk are driver without licences as there is a very basic competence test to obtain one. Additionally the issue of right hand drive cars being driven on the left hand side of the road.
Apart from the cultural expectation it is a rule that vehicles must drive slowly through village areas.
Distance /Driving time
Pohnpei has approximately 100Km of good condition sealed roads.
Many small unsealed peripheral roads run off the main road to service village and communities or provides access to the ocean
100Km of Roads
3-4 Hours to drive around Island
Pohnpei –Colonia town
Road on Weno. Very poor condition. Road is sealed in Weno township approximately 5Km and balance is degraded sealed road or dirt road. Total Main road is approximately 20Km with unsealed peripheral roads
Road East orairport Weno
Fefen and Dublon in Truk Lagoon have unsealed roads
Fefen 12 Km 2-3hour drivng time
Dublon 10 Km 2-3 hours driving time
Roads in Yap are in very good condition and repair.
40 Kms Sealed Roads
Typical Yap Road
Sealed Roads in Kosrae are in fair condition as are most unsealed road.
Unsealed roads on the southern and South western side of the island are on poor condition and are 4WD access only.
30Km Sealed Road
30 Km unsealed main road between Okat and Utwa Ma via Walung
Typical unsealed road in Northern Kosrae