Road Harassment on the Ouagadougou-‐Bamako corridor has been documented by the UEMOA/USAID Trade Hub Road Governance initiative since October 1st 2006.
The corridor has two alternative routes being used by truckers. The northern road passes through the Faramana (Burkina) and Sona (Mali) border points and is 1,035 km long of which 547 km are in Mali and 488 km in Burkina Faso. The southern road passes through the Koloko (Burkina) and Heremakono (Mali) border points and is 934 km long with 432 km in Mali and 502 km in Burkina Faso.
Regarding the northern route, a 2012 study by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) found 356 km of road in good condition, 367 km in fair condition and 211 km in bad condition with traffic levels of 200 trucks per day at the Koloko-‐Heremakono border crossing of which 40% were heavy trucks.
All the graphs in the sections below all based on data collected from truck drivers through the Road Governance Initiative, better known as l’Observatoire des pratiques anormales or OPA for short.