The importance of surface roads in the economy and development of a country is quite paramount. In areas where there is no railway or waterway, roads re the only means of transportation. However, at present many pieces are saved both by railways and road network serving industry, trade and commerce as well as movement of people for these purposes.
Road Ways are classified as:
National Highways, District Board Roads, Upazila Council Roads and Union Council Roads etc. Of these, the national highways are most important linking various towns and cities having administrative, commercial of economic importance. These highways are also linked with other categories of local roads in the country. The major highways are: Dhaka-Chittagong via Comilla, Dhaka-Khulna via jessore, Dhaka-Sylhet, Dhaka-Mymensingh, Dhaka-Rangpur via Tangail and Bogra, Dhaka-Dinajpur-Thakurgaon-Panchagarh, Dhaka-Saidpur-Nilphamari, Dhaka-Lalmonirhat and Kurigram, Dhaka-Rajshai, Dhaka-Pabna, Dhaka-Barisal, Besides, most Upazilas are now being served by various bus routes and automotive vehicles carrying goods.
In 2002-2003, the total length of roads in Bangladesh was about 2,17,992 kilometres, of which 43,074 kilometres and 1,74,335 kilometres, where metalled (pucca) and unmetalled (kutcha) respectively.
Bangladesh Roads and Highways:
National Highway =3,478.42 km
Regional Highway =4,221.52 km
Zilla Road =13,247.79 km
Total Road Length =20,947.73 km
Road Distances in Kilometers: