Who We Are
About the Roads Directorate

The Roads Directorate

The Roads Directorate was established as a corporate body by the Roads Directorate Act of 2010. The Directorate was formed mainly for better service delivery and more effective and efficient management of the road network. The Directorate is responsible for construction, up grading, rehabilitation and maintenance of primary, secondary, tertiary and other roads as well as bridges on the Lesotho Road Network.

The Roads Directorate was created in response to the reform of the roads sub-sector by the merger and restructuring of the former Roads Branch (RB) and Department of Rural Roads (DRR) of the then Ministry of Public Works and Transport.


To make all parts of Lesotho accessible through safe and well-maintained road infrastructure.


Provision of an efficient national road infrastructure network that is well managed, safe, suitable, reliable, accessible and supports socio – economic growth.

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Functions of the Road Directorate

The Roads Directorate performs the following functions:
(a) implement government policy on roads-related issues;
(b) plan, develop and maintain all roads under its jurisdiction and carry out quality assurance for all roads;
(c) prepare proposals and designs for construction and upgrading of all roads under its jurisdiction;
(d) plan, design and implement road maintenance programs for all roads under its jurisdiction;
(e) procure and manage contracts for development and maintenance of projects;
(f) carry out traffic counts and monitor road conditions on any road, as and when necessary;
(g) prepare strategic road network development plans;
(h) set and enforce road standards across the country and carry out technical and performance audits for all roads;
(i) promote and support the development of the road construction industry in Lesotho;
(j) promote, establish and endorse uniform and ethical standards that regulate actions, practices and procedures of parties engaged in road development and maintenance contracts;
(k) determine and establish best practices that promote-
(i) improved industry performance, efficiency and effectiveness;
(ii) improved public sector delivery management;
(iii) procurement and management reform;
(iv) social and economic objectives, including -
(aa) development of small and large scale road contractors;
(bb) labour absorption in the road construction industry;
(l) undertake assessment and classification of road construction contractors and maintain a register of categorized contractors;
(m) provide technical training in equipment-based and labour-based methods of road construction and maintenance;
(n) acquire and protect land earmarked for road network development;
(o) determine and make recommendations to the Minister on the need to declare road reserves and building restrictions along any road;
(p) determine and make recommendations to the Minister on the need to declare corridors for road network as selected development areas;
(q) identify and select a suitable place on land from which to source material such as quarry necessary for construction and maintenance of roads under its jurisdiction and request a relevant authority to set aside such land for that purpose;
(r) ensure mitigation of negative environmental impacts from road construction and rehabilitate affected areas, in accordance with environmental guidelines;
(s) recommend to the Minister the tolling of any road under its jurisdiction;
(t) protect all roads and road furniture and ensure cost recovery from offenders who damage road furniture;
“Quality Roads, Improving connectivity”
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