Transport in Liberia

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Transport in Liberia consist of 429 km of railways, 10,600 km of highways (657 km paved), seaports, 29 airports (2 paved) and 4 km of pipeline for oil transportation. [1] Busses and taxis are the main forms of ground transportation in and around Monrovia. Charter boats are also available. [2]

RailwaysEdit

Historically, three railways were built in Liberia to export ore from mines; they were damaged during civil war. In 2010, only the Bong mine railway was operational[3] but the Lamco Railway was at least partially rebuilt by Arcelor Mittal and put back into service in 2011.[4] There are no rail connections with other countries, although there has been a proposal to extend the Bong mine railway to serve a mine across the border in Guinea.[citation needed]

Total: 429 km (2008)

Standard gauge: 345km (2008)

Narrow gauge: 84 km (2008)[1]

RoadwaysEdit

 
A map of Liberia's major roads and railways

Total: 10,600 km (6,586 mi) (there is major deterioration on all highways due to heavy rains and lack of maintenance)

Paved: 657 km (408 mi)

Unpaved: 9,943 km (6,178 mi) (2018)[5]

When construction and reconstruction of roads in Liberia is complete, the Trans–West African Coastal Highway will cross the country, connecting it to Freetown (Sierra Leone), Abidjan (Ivory Coast), and eventually to 11 other nations of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).[6]

Ports and harborsEdit

  • Buchanan - railhead of 1,435 mm (4 ft 8+12 in) standard gauge for civil war affected iron mine at Nimba
  • Greenville
  • Harper
  • Monrovia

Merchant marineEdit

Liberia is an international flag of convenience for freight shipping.

Total: 3,942 (2021)

Ships by type: barge carrier 1,487, container ship 878, general cargo 131, oil tanker 851, other 595 (2021)[1]

AirportsEdit

 
The exterior of Roberts International Airport in 2010

20 (2017) The main international airport in the country is Roberts International Airport.

Airports - with paved runwaysEdit

Total: 2 Over 3,047 m (10,000 ft): 1 1,524 to 2,437 m (5,000 to 8,000 ft): 1 (2017)

Airports - with unpaved runwaysEdit

Total: 27 1,524 to 2,437 m (5,000 to 8,000 ft): 5 914 to 1,523 m (3,000 to 4,999 ft): 8 Under 914 m (3,000 ft): 14 (2013)[1]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Liberia", The World Factbook, Central Intelligence Agency, 2021-10-19, retrieved 2021-11-02
  2. ^ "Transport in Liberia: How to Get Around Safely". www.worldnomads.com. Retrieved 2021-11-02.
  3. ^ "Track machine exports". Railway Gazette International. 2010-08-31. Retrieved 2010-10-25.
  4. ^ Railways in Liberia, http://sinfin.net/railways/world/liberia.html
  5. ^ "Liberia", The World Factbook, Central Intelligence Agency, 2021-10-19, retrieved 2021-11-02
  6. ^ "Highways link 15 West African countries". Africa Renewal. 2006-10-15. Retrieved 2021-11-20.

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