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This article describes the system of TRANSPORT IN SENEGAL, both public and private. This system comprises roads (both paved and unpaved), rail transport, water transport, and air transportation.

CONTENTS

* 1 Roads

* 1.1 International highways * 1.2 Motorways * 1.3 National roads * 1.4 Regional roads

* 2 Railways

* 2.1 Maps

* 3 Ground transport * 4 Waterways * 5 Ports and harbours

* 6 Airports

* 6.1 Airports - with paved runways * 6.2 Airports - with unpaved runways

* 7 See also * 8 References * 9 External links

ROADS

See also: List of roads in Senegal
Senegal
(fr) Route de Corniche, Dakar, 2016

The system of roads in Senegal
Senegal
is extensive by West African standards, with paved roads reaching each corner of the country and all major towns.

INTERNATIONAL HIGHWAYS

Dakar
Dakar
is the endpoint of three routes in the Trans-African Highway network . These are as follows:

* Cairo-Dakar Highway which crosses the edge of the Sahara * Dakar-Ndjamena Highway which links the countries of the Sahel , also called the Trans-Sahelian Highway * Dakar-Lagos Highway running along the West African coast and called by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) the Trans–West African Coastal Highway (though ECOWAS considers this route to start in Nouakchott
Nouakchott
, Mauritania ).

Senegal's road network links closely with those of the Gambia
Gambia
, since the shortest route between south-western districts on the one hand and west-central and north-western districts on the other is through the Gambia.

MOTORWAYS

The only operational motorway in Senegal
Senegal
currently runs for 34 km. between Dakar
Dakar
and Diamniadio , and it is a toll motorway. A new part of the motorway, of 16.5 km. is currently under construction, which will reach the Blaise Diagne International Airport . Another section of 50 km. is also under construction, linking the airport to Thiès
Thiès
; and the 115 km. stretch from Thiès
Thiès
to Touba , the final destination of the planned motorway, will start under construction in the near future.

NATIONAL ROADS

The most important roads in Senegal
Senegal
are prefixed "N" and numbered from 1 to 7:

* N1 : Dakar
Dakar
Mbour - Fatick
Fatick
- Kaolack Tambacounda – Kidira – ( Mali
Mali
) * N2 : Pout – Thiès
Thiès
Louga - St-Louis – Richard Toll Ouro Sogui
Ouro Sogui
Kidira - ( Mali
Mali
) * N3 : Thiès
Thiès
Diourbel – Touba – Linguère
Linguère
Ouro Sogui
Ouro Sogui
* N4 : Kaolack – ( Trans-Gambia Highway ) – Bignona Ziguinchor – ( Guinea-Bissau ) * N5 : Bignona Diouloulou – ( Gambia
Gambia
) - Sokone - Kaolack * N6 : Tambacounda Vélingara - Kolda Ziguinchor – ( Guinea-Bissau ) * N7 : Ouro Sogui
Ouro Sogui
- Tambacounda Niokolo-Koba Kédougou Guinea
Guinea

REGIONAL ROADS

* R20 , R21 , R22 * R30 , R31 , R32 * R60 , R61 * R70

RAILWAYS

Main article: Rail transport in Senegal
Rail transport in Senegal
Further information: Railway stations in Senegal
Senegal

total: 906 km narrow gauge: 906 km of 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 3⁄8 in) gauge (70 km double track)

MAPS

* UN Map *

GROUND TRANSPORT

A Car Rapide in Senegal, a common mode of transportation. Main article: Roads in Senegal

There were an estimated 4,271 km of paved roads and 10,305 km of unpaved roads as of 1996.

Taxis (black-yellow or blue-yellow in color) are cheap, numerous and available everywhere in Dakar
Dakar
. It is customary to negotiate the fare since most meters installed in the taxis are broken or missing. For travel outside Dakar, public transportation is available but often unreliable and uncomfortable.

WATERWAYS

897 km total; 785 km on the Senegal river , and 112 km on the Saloum River.

PORTS AND HARBOURS

* Dakar
Dakar
- railhead * Kaolack , Matam , Podor , Richard Toll , Saint-Louis , Ziguinchor

Dakar
Dakar
has one of the largest deep-water seaports along the West African coast. Its deep-draft structure and 640-foot-wide (200 m) access channel allows round-the-clock access to the port . Its current infrastructure includes tanker vessel loading and unloading terminals, a container terminal with a storage capacity of 3000 20-foot-equivalent units, a cereals and fishing port , a dedicated phosphate terminal and a privately run ship repair facility. The port’s location at the extreme western point of Africa
Africa
, at the crossroad of the major sea-lanes linking Europe
Europe
to South America
South America
, makes it a natural port of call for shipping companies . Total freight traffic averages 10 million metric tons.

AIRPORTS

Air Senegal
Senegal
International is Senegal's flag carrier. See also: List of airports in Senegal

There were an estimated 20 airports in 1999. The Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport
Airport
at Dakar
Dakar
is the hub of the sub-region. Dakar
Dakar
is linked to numerous African cities by air, and daily flights go to Europe
Europe
. Delta Air Lines flies daily to/from Atlanta/Dakar/Johannesburg. South African Airways flies daily to New York and Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C.
from Johannesburg
Johannesburg
via Dakar.

A new international airport which carries the name of Blaise Diagne is under construction at Diass .

AIRPORTS - WITH PAVED RUNWAYS

total: 10 over 3,047 m: 1 1,524 to 2,437 m: 7 914 to 1,523 m: 2 (1999 est.)

AIRPORTS - WITH UNPAVED RUNWAYS

total: 10 1,524 to 2,437 m: 5 914 to 1,523 m: 4 under 914 m: 1 (1999 est.)

SEE ALSO

* Senegal
Senegal

REFERENCES

* ^ A B C D E F G H I J K L Senegal
Senegal
Country Commercial Guide 2008. U.S. Commercial Service
U.S. Commercial Service
(2008). This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain . * ^ Aéroport International Blaise Diagne

* CIA Fact Book for SG

EXTERNAL LINKS

* v * t * e

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Senegal
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