2.2  PRESENT SITUATION OF THE ROADS SYSTEM

The Roads Division of the Government of Namibia has to plan, construct and maintain as prime task a roads system to serve a country of 824.269 km2 with an estimated total population of 1.415.000 (1990). In 1952, Namibia had just over 10.000 km of trunk and main roads. There were no paved roads and very few structures. Since then a remarkable development has taken place:

TABLE 2  NAMIBIA: ROAD NETWORK BY ROAD CATEGORIES (km)

               1953     1973    1986   1953-73   1973-86

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Trunk Roads    3.008  3.600    4.040      +592    +440
Main Roads     7.312  9.248    8.936    +1.936    -312
District Rds  14.336 19.627   28.596    +5.291  +8.969
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Sub-Total     24.656 32.475   41.572   +7.819   +9.097
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Farm Roads    24.432 25.408   22.058     +976   -3.350
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Grand Total   49.088 57.883   63.630   +8.795    +5.747
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NOTA: Department of Transport: September 1986 including Walvis Bay

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