South Sudanese Government has set out to construct the road networks linking Juba to Bor in Jonglei state and Rumbek in Lakes state. The project would be funded by China’s Exim Bank. South Sudan has only around 300 kilometers of paved roads of which a third are in the capital city of Juba. The 192 Km Juba-Nimule highway is the only paved road in the country and was constructed at a cost of USD 220m.
The new road construction project is a welcome development, considering the poor state of roads in the country. There is a high dependency rate on the roads due to the poor state of other forms of transport and high air fares. Most roads are covered with potholes and weak bridges- causing various forms of losses. Many times, trucks ferrying goods usually get stuck on the roads with most locals not coming to the aid of drivers which costs them time and money to repair damaged trucks. The roads have also been known for hosting inter-clan revenge attacks and armed robbery attacks.
The Juba-Bor road is currently under construction and upon completion, it is expected that there would be a reduction in the price of commodities in the country – which have in the recent years, increased due to poor state of roads.