Eritrea is a small country located in the Horn of Africa, bordered by Sudan to the west, Ethiopia to the south, and Djibouti to the southeast. It is also located along the Red Sea coast to the northeast, and shares maritime borders with Saudi Arabia and Yemen.
Eritrea has a total road network of approximately 4,010 kilometers, of which about 1,200 kilometers are paved roads. The road network is relatively underdeveloped due to years of war and political instability, but the government has made efforts to improve the infrastructure in recent years.
The paved road network in Eritrea consists mainly of two major highways that run from the capital city of Asmara to the port city of Massawa and to the Ethiopian border. There are also several other paved roads connecting smaller towns and cities throughout the country.
In addition to the paved roads, there are many gravel and dirt roads that are used by 4×4 vehicles, particularly in rural areas. These roads can be quite challenging to navigate, especially during the rainy season when they can become muddy and impassable.
Despite the challenges in developing the road network, the Eritrean government has made efforts to improve transportation infrastructure. In recent years, it has signed agreements with neighboring countries to improve cross-border transportation links and has also invested in upgrading its own road network. The construction of a new highway connecting Asmara to Massawa was completed in 2019, which has greatly improved transportation between the two cities.
Overall, Eritrea’s road network is still relatively underdeveloped compared to other countries in the region, but the government’s efforts to improve transportation infrastructure are promising signs for the country’s future development.