A brief overview

The Department of Works (DoW) was up to 1992, directly responsible for the planning, design and construction of all designated public roads in the country. These responsibilities were in addition to other public maintenance activities, such as the maintenance of public buildings and inner channels, with which the Department was charged. Under this circumstances therefore, DOW became encumbered with more functions than it could handle. This in essence, meant that, there were very limited resources that could have been dedicated to any effective maintenance of the road network. Based on the above reasons, the Government of Sierra Leone thought it wise to come up with a Parastatal to handle the road sector, which leads to the formation of the Sierra Leone Roads Authority (SLRA). The SLRA was established by an Act of Parliament and became operational in 1993 under the supervision of the Ministry of Works Housing and Infrastructure. The mandate of the SLRA is to develop and maintain the national roads network, advise Government on general road policies and contribute to addressing transport concerns, among others.

Roads and Transportation

The Government of Sierra Leone and its development partners remain the largest financial donors in the road sector, focusing on emergency needs to rehabilitate damaged infrastructure, by laying the groundwork for a sustainable road maintenance system and contributing to the strengthening of the national road network. The ongoing rehabilitation of roads (Township, Cities and Trunk roads) allocates a bulk sum of funds to the road sector. Since 2013 and up to date, a total of over 500 km of roads have been improved and/or resurfaced with funding from the Government and its development partners. The focus of the support to the sector is shifting from being purely rehabilitation and re-construction oriented to include areas such as the development of a national feeder roads reconstruction and a targeted direct sector support to the Road Fund. Economically, a bulk of the rehabilitation projects will, however, also in the future be to provide funding for classical road rehabilitation and re-construction projects.

Road Infrastructure

The provision of a basic and properly maintained highway system has always been a fundamental importance to the country, due to the fact that, the transportation of people and goods in Sierra Leone is more or less entirely dependent upon the national road system. Some 97% of all transport is by road. This is based on the fact that the national railways were disbanded, and there are a small number of air services between Freetown and other countries. Water transport is used but is largely for localised trips. The overall objective of this authority is to improve road access throughout the country, in order to increase the sustenance of all-weather roads and to promote the economic and social development of the citizens.


The Director General: On a site inspection (western area)

Director General

The Board Chairman of SLRA is in a meeting with other board members

Board Chairman

The Director of Administration in a stakeholders meeting

Director of Administration