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The Nigerian Highway System

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The Nigerian Highway System began in the early 1900s essentially as a feeder network for the new railroads. In the 1920s, the government established a basic grid of two north-south trunk roads from Lagos and Port Harcourt to Kano, and several east-west roads, two north, and two south of the natural division created by the Niger and Benue rivers

In later decades, this system was expanded until most state capitals and large towns were accessible by paved road. In 1978 an expressway was constructed from Lagos to Ibadan, and a branch from this route was later extended east to Benin City. Another expressway connected Port Harcourt with Enugu.

Trunk Road/ Trunk Highway 

Trunk Highway Is a major road, usually connecting two or more cities, ports and other places recommended for long distance and freight traffic

Overview Of The Nigerian Highway System 

In 1990 Nigeria had 108,000 kilometers of roads, of which 30,000 kilometers were paved, 25,000 kilometers were gravel, and the rest were unimproved earth.

Carrying 95 percent of all the nation's goods and passengers, the roads constituted by far the most important element in the transportation network.

Government shifted its emphasis in the 1980s from constructing new roads to repairing existing ones.

Safety standards were low; in 1988 more than 30,000 accidents and 8,000 highway deaths were reported. This, however; has been corrected since the establishment of the Federal Road Safety Commission in 1988.


For more information read The Trans-African Highway Network 


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