Tazara fly­over done, now in use

The East African - - NEWS - By CHRISTO­PHER KIDANKA The Eastafrican

THE COM­PLE­TION of the Tan­za­nia-zam­bia Rail­way Au­thor­ity (Tazara) over­pass in Dar es Salaam comes as a re­lief to mo­torists, who pre­vi­ously had to en­dure many hours in traf­fic.

Con­structed at the junc­tion of the busy Man­dela Ex­press­way and Julius Ny­erere Road in the com­mer­cial cap­i­tal, the fly­over — funded by the gov­ern­ment of Ja­pan through the Ja­pan In­ter­na­tional Co-op­er­a­tion Agency (Jica) — is ex­pected to be of­fi­cially in­au­gu­rated by Pres­i­dent John Magu­fuli in Oc­to­ber, ac­cord­ing to gov­ern­ment spokesper­son Has­san Ab­bas.

Dur­ing peak hours, mo­torists us­ing the road would wait for hours due to traf­fic con­ges­tion at the busy junc­tion, which is a key link from the cen­tral busi­ness dis­trict to the air­port, the Dar es Salaam port and densely pop­u­lated res­i­den­tial ar­eas.

Con­struc­tion of the fly­over started in Oc­to­ber 2016 at an es­ti­mated cost of $45 mil­lion.

The road, which is ex­pected to even­tu­ally re­duce traf­fic jams by 80 per cent, con­sists of four lanes and a 425-me­tre bridge. It is also ex­pected to in­crease pro­duc­tiv­ity by re­duc­ing the time peo­ple spend on the road.

Dur­ing a re­cent in­spec­tion tour of the fly­over, Prime Min­siter Kas­sim Ma­jaliwa said con­struc­tion of the Tazara fly­over has fac­tored in the need for a rapid bus tran­sit pro­ject to Gongo la Mboto from the city cen­tre.

He said the con­trac­tor has set aside enough space and the Dar pro­ject will kick off soon.

In the run up to the of­fi­cial open­ing, mo­torists were al­lowed to use the fly­over start­ing on Septem­ber 15. The Tan­za­nia Na­tional Roads Agency and Ja­panese Su­mit­omo Mit­sui Con­struc­tion Co Ltd signed a con­tract on Oc­to­ber 15, 2015, for the con­struc­tion of the fly­over un­der a grant-in-aid.

The start

Con­struc­tion started in April 2016, with Pres­i­dent Magu­fuli say­ing the pro­ject aimed to de­con­gest Dar es Salaam.

The com­ple­tion of the first fly­over in Tan­za­nia has paved the way for other fly­overs.

There is the Ubungo in­ter­change, un­der the Dar es Salaam Ur­ban Trans­port Im­prove­ment Pro­ject, sup­ported by a $225 mil­lion con­ces­sional credit from the In­ter­na­tional Devel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion.

There are six fly­overs in to­tal planned for con­struc­tion in Dar es Salaam ac­cord­ing to ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of the Tan­za­nia Roads Agency Pa­trick Mfu­gale.

In the run-up to the of­fi­cial open­ing, mo­torists were al­lowed to use it start­ing on Septem­ber 15. The road, which is ex­pected to even­tu­ally re­duce traf­fic jams by 80 per cent, con­sists of four lanes and a 425-me­tre bridge

Pic­ture: File

His High­ness The Aga Khan af­ter re­ceiv­ing an award from the French gov­ern­ment, recog­nis­ing his ef­forts to im­prove the lives of the most vul­ner­a­ble around the world.

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