Classification of Roads in Kenya

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Do you ever see our roads marked as A106 or C23 and wonder what they mean? Well wonder no more. The Kenya Roads Board (KRB) classifies our roads based mainly on usage. The main ones are classified between letters A and E in descending order. On top of that, we also have other special roads that continue from F such as those in forests, national parks and schools.

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The main roads are:

  • Class A Roads (International Trunk Roads): These are roads between centres of international importance, crossing international boundaries or terminating at international ports. The most famous is the Northern corrider (Malaba-Eldoret-Nakuru-Nairobi-Voi-Mombasa road), Namanga-Athi River-Thika-Sagana-Nanyuki-Isiolo road and Lokichar-Nginyang-Isiolo-Garissa-Lamu road(Lapsset). The roads are maintained by Kenya National Highway Authority (KeNHA).
  • Class B Roads (National Trunk Roads): These are roads that link nationally important centres, principal towns or urban centres such as county headquarters to each other and to the national capital and to Class A roads. Examples include Kangundo road, Mai Mahiu road and Kisii-Keroka-Sotik-Litein-Chemosit-Kericho road. These roads are also maintained by KeNHA.
  • Class C Roads (Primary Roads): These roads link provincially important centres to each other and to higher class roads. Examples include Rironi-Wangige-Westlands road, Nkoroi-Nazarene-Kitengela road and Tigoni-Raini-Ruaka road.
  • Class D Roads (Secondary Roads): These roads link important local centres to each other and to higher class roads. Examples include Kasarani – Mwiki road and Redhill Road and United Nations Avenue.
  • Class E Roads (Minor Roads): These roads are usually found in the rural areas and link to a minor centre, market or local centre.

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Special roads are:

  • Class F Roads: Forest roads
  • Class G Roads: Roads leading to schools, hospitals and government institutions
  • Class K Roads: Roads leading to coffee growing areas
  • Class L Roads: Roads leading to settlement areas
  • Class P Roads: Roads inside our national parks
  • Class R Roads: Roads accessing rural areas
  • Class S Roads: Roads accessing sugar growing areas
  • Class T Roads: Roads accessing tea growing areas
  • Class U Roads: Rural roads yet to be classified and those accessing areas with mineral deposits
  • Class W Roads: Roads accessing wheat growing areas

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