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Democratic Republic of Congo Roads

 


The country’s road network is in an extremely bad state of repair following years of armed conflicts. In theory, the road network comprises 58,358 km of national roads, 86,615 km of rural roads, and 7,400 km of urban roads.

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4.1 Democratic Republic of Congo Government Contact List

 


Distance Matrix

Distances from Capital City to Major Towns (km)

 

KINSHASA

MATADI

BANDUNDU

KANANGA

MBUJI MAYI

LUBUMBASHI

KINDU

BUKAVU

GOMA

KISANGANI

MBANDAKA

KINSHASA

 

355

490

1,105

1,283

2,317

2,033

2,660

2,709

2,624

3,192

MATADI

355

 

1,051

1,460

1,638

2,672

2,388

3,015

3,064

2,979

3,547

BANDUNDU

490

1,051

 

973

1,151

2,184

1,901

2,528

2,577

2,492

3,059

KANANGA

1,105

1,460

973

 

179

1,212

928

1,556

1,604

1,520

2,087

MBUJI MAYI

1,283

1,638

1,151

179

 

1,036

752

1,379

1,428

1,344

1,911

LUBUMBASHI

2,317

2,672

2,184

1,212

1,036

 

1,421

1,432

1,655

2,013

2,831

KINDU

2,033

2,388

1,901

928

752

1,421

 

627

841

591

1,878

BUKAVU

2,660

3,015

2,528

1,556

1,379

1,432

627

 


220

647

2,028

GOMA

2,709

3,064

2,577

1,604

1,428

1,655

841

220

 


856

2,237

KISANGANI

2,624

2,979

2,492

1,520

1,344

2,013

591

647

856

 


1,577

MBANDAKA

3,192

3,547

3,059

2,087

1,911

2,831

1,878

2,028

2,237

1,577

 

 



Road Security

DRC's territory is partially enclosed. Almost all the provincial capitals can only be reached by air. The national road network is approximately 152,400 km long--only 2% of which is sealed--is in a state of disrepair. Of the priority roads (covering 30,786 km), 25% of which are in good condition, 16% in fair condition and 59% in poor condition.

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Axle load limit in DRC is derived from the Arrêté Interministériel Instituant des Mesures de Protection du Patrimoine Routier National de 2011.

Axle load limits

LCA Country

Transit Country

Transit Country

Truck with 2 axles

21 tons

16,000 kg

18,000 kg

Truck with 3 axles

27 tons

22,000 kg

24,000 kg

Truck with 4 axles

50 tons

26,000 kg

28,000 kg

Semi-trailer with 3 axles

50 tons

26,000 kg

28,000 kg

Semi-trailer with 4 axles

50 tons

34,000 kg

36,000 kg

Semi-trailer with 5 axles

50 tons

40,000 kg

44,000 kg

Semi-trailer with 6 axles

50 tons

46,000 kg

50,000 kg

Truck & drawbar trailer with 4 axles

50 tons

34,000 kg

37,000 kg

Truck & drawbar trailer with 5 axles

50 tons

40,000 kg

45,000 kg

Truck & drawbar trailer with 6 axles

50 tons

46,000 kg

53,000 kg

Truck & drawbar trailer with 7 axles

50 tons

n/a

56,000 kg

Road Class and Surface Conditions

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The National roads, including Priority and Secondary roads, are managed by Office des Routes (OdR)
Local roads are managed by the Direction des voies de Desserte Agricole (DVDA)
The Office des Voiries et Drainage is in charge of all urban roads comprise of sealed and paved roads.

Classification

Road Description

National road (Bitumen-Gravel)

All paved and dirt roads intended to be paved on major international routes and on major national routes.

These roads are part of the public domain of the State and are managed by Office des Routes

Priority Regional road (Sand / Dirt – Gravel)

They are public domain of the Province and are also managed by Office des Routes

Secondary Regional Road (Sand / Dirt – Gravel)

They are public domain of the Province and are also managed by Office des Routes

Local road (Sand / Dirt – Gravel)

They are public domain of the Province and are managed by the Direction des Voies de Desserte Agricole

Road Inventory

The road network is organized as a network of national roads and each province maintains a network of provincial roads. The provincial roads are divided into a network of priority and secondary roads.

National road (RN) (Bas Congo)

Office des Routes

1,370 km

Priority provincial road (RP1) (Bas Congo)

Office des Routes

891 km

Secondary provincial road (RP2) (Bas Congo)

Office des Routes

869 km

National road (RN) (Bandundu)

Office des Routes

2,177 km

Priority provincial road (RP1) (Bandundu)

Office des Routes

3,505 km

Secondary provincial road (RP2) (Bandundu)

Office des Routes

3,160 km

National road (RN) (Equateur)

Office des Routes

2,939 km

Priority provincial road (RP1) (Equateur)

Office des Routes

2,707 km

Secondary provincial road (RP2) (Equateur)

Office des Routes

3,158 km

National road (RN) (Prov. Orientale)

Office des Routes

3,612 km

Priority provincial road (RP1) (Prov. Orientale)

Office des Routes

3,578 km

Secondary provincial road (RP2) (Prov. Orientale)

Office des Routes

3,075 km

National road (RN) (South Kivu)

Office des Routes

1,023 km

Priority provincial road (RP1) (South Kivu)

Office des Routes

873 km

Secondary provincial road (RP2) (South Kivu)

Office des Routes

0 km

National road (RN) (Katanga)

Office des Routes

4,064 km

Priority provincial road (RP1) (Katanga)

Office des Routes

4,024 km

Secondary provincial road (RP2) (Katanga)

Office des Routes

2,958 km

National road (RN) (Kasaï Occidental)

Office des Routes

1,909 km

Priority provincial road (RP1) (Kasaï Occidental)

Office des Routes

1,230 km

Secondary provincial road (RP2) (Kasaï Occidental)

Office des Routes

859 km

National road (RN) (Kasaï Oriental)

Office des Routes

1,457 km

Priority provincial road (RP1) (Kasaï Oriental)

Office des Routes

1,627 km

Secondary provincial road (RP2) (Kasaï oriental)

Office des Routes

1,234 km

National road (RN) (Kinshasa)

Office des Routes

252 km

Priority provincial road (RP1) (Kinshasa)

Office des Routes

0 km

Secondary provincial road (RP2) (Kinshasa)

Office des Routes

0 km

National road (RN) (North Kivu)

Office des Routes

823 km

Priority provincial road (RP1) (North Kivu)

Office des Routes

534 km

Secondary provincial road (RP2) (North Kivu)

Office des Routes

389 km

National road (RN) (Maniema)

Office des Routes

1,057 km

Priority provincial road (RP1) (Maniema)

Office des Routes

1,212 km

Secondary provincial road (RP2) (Maniéma)

Office des Routes

1,543 km

Bridges

The road network under the responsibility of the Office des Routes is comprised of 1,886 bridges including 445 permanent bridges (concrete structures) which represents 23% of bridges, 750 semi-permanent bridges (metallic structures) and 691 temporary bridges representing 37% of bridges.

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Distances for all destinations in ex Katanga Province from Lubumbashi can be found in this Road Matrix.

 


KEY INFO

Lubumbashi – Pweto: 2 days  by road (487 km)

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Below is a Distance Matrix for Ituri Province.

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KEY INFO

Bunia-Kisangani: 2 days by road (700 km)

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Below is the map of the main road network in Ituri Province.

 


Road Corridor Assessment

International Corridors Leading to the Country

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The estimated delivery leadtime in the Northen Corridor is outlined in the table below. (Source: WFP DRC Logistics)

ORIGIN

DESTINATION

DISTANCE

(Km / NM)

MODE OF

TRANSPORT

LEAD TIME (days)

Transport

Mombasa

Tororo

937

Road

10-12

 

 

 




Rail

12-20

Mombasa

Kampala

1,148

Road

15

 

 

 




Rail

14-30

Mombasa

Kigali

1,670

Road

10

Mombasa

Goma

1,766

Road

15-20

Tororo

Kampala

211

Road

1

Tororo

Goma

829

Road

5

Tororo

Bunia

690

Road / Lake

3

Tororo

Beni

785

Road

4

Tororo

Bukavu

1,093

Road

5

Kampala

Goma

618

Road

4

Kampala

Bunia

479

Road / Lake

3

Kampala

Mahagi

560

Road

3

Kampala

Beni

574

Road

3

Kampala

Bukavu

872

Road

5

Kampala

Kigali

522

Road

5

Kampala

Kigoma

1,064

Road

14

Goma

Bukavu

90

Lake

1 - 2

Goma

Beni

400

Road

2 -3

Goma

Kindu

214

Air

1

Kindu Aéro

Kindu WFP WH

5

Road

1

Goma

Kalemie

253

Air

1

Goma WH

Goma Port

7

Road

1

Beni

Bunia

200

Road

1

Goma

Bunia

600

Road

3 - 4

Kigali

Goma

167

Road

1

Kigali

Bukavu

350

Road

1

 


The Central Corridor

The Central Corridor is managed by the Central Corridor Transit Transport Facilitation Agency (TTFA). The TTFA is a multilateral agency formed by five Member States (Burundi, DRC, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda) with cooperation from both public and private sector stakeholders.

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The estimated delivery leadtime in the Central Corridor is outlined in the table below. (Source: WFP DRC Logistics)

ORIGIN

DESTINATION

DISTANCE

(Km / NM)

MODE OF

TRANSPORT

LEAD TIME

(days)

Transport

Dar-es-Salam

Kigoma

1,300

Road

9

Dar-es-Salam

Kigali

1,497

Road

9

Dar-es-Salam

Bukavu

1,638

Road

9

Dar-es-Salam

Goma

1,722

Road

10

Dar-es-Salam

Bunia

2,498

Road

21

Kigoma

Kalemie

n/a

Lake

1

Kigoma

Uvira

n/a

Road

2

Kigoma

Uvira

n/a

Lake

2

Uvira

Bukavu

128

Road

1

Uvira

Kalemie

n/a

Lake

2

Kalemie Port

Kalemie WFP WH

3

Road

1

Bukavu

Kindu

178

Air

1

Bukavu

Kalemie

216

Air

1

Bukavu

Goma

90

Lake

1-2

Bujumbura

Uvira

16

Road

1

2. Southern borders

The Southern Corridor accounts for a significant percentage of southern DRC export/regional freight. Exporters and importers in Katanga have a variety of options open to them for transporting goods.

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The estimated delivery leadtime in the Southern Corridor is outlined in the table below. (Source: WFP DRC Logistics)

ORIGIN

DESTINATION

DISTANCE

(Km / NM)

MODE

OF TRANSPORT

LEAD TIME

(days)

Transport

Beira

Lubumbashi

n/a

Road / Rail

39

Harare

Lubumbashi

912

Road / Rail

5

Lusaka

Lubumbashi

539

Road / Rail

15

Lubumbashi

Kalemie

n/a

Rail / River

4-8

 


2. Western borders

Below is a map of the Western Corridors.

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  1. Matadi-Kinshasa-Lubumbashi: This route plays a major role in international trade. The section from Matadi to Kinshasa is the main route for the transport of imports to Kinshasa and for legal exports from the DRC using the Matadi port. The second part between Kinshasa and Lubumbashi can not be yet a major corridor since half of the way is in very bad condition.
  2.  Bunia-Kisangani-Kinshasa:  This route is now a major way for transporting goods from eastern Africa to Kinshasa (especially second hand cars from the Middle East or Asia). The Congo River is also crucial for transporting timbers, agricultural products and fish from the center of the country to Kinshasa.
  3.  Lubumbashi-Kalémie-Goma: This route is mainly useful in terms of integrating the country between cities and is also used by the mining industry.