Cuba’s roads: Dense, but neglected

Cuba’s estimated 10,697 Km (6,647 miles) of paved roads reach practically every corner of the island. Just a few settlements in the coffee-producing mountains of eastern Cuba, or remote marshy corners of the rice fields and swamps in the plains are accessible only by unpaved roads.

However, most of Cuba’s network is in urgent need of repair and improvement. Surfaces are in poor condition, signage is deficient, basic services are poor, and the unusually high accident rate contrasts with the low number of vehicles on the road. Most of the network is made up of narrow, zigzagging, two-lane roads that have been narrowing with the slow deterioration of the edges. These roads do not allow for safe driving at speeds above 60 to 80 km/h.

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