The construction of a Flyover Bridge at the busy Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) junction between Nyerere and Mandela roads in Dar es Salaam set to start early January, next year.
Making the announcement earlier this week, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Works Mussa Iyombe told the seventh Joint Transport Sector Review (JTSR) meeting that plans have been finalised and next year the construction will begin.
In June this year, Japan through its International Cooperation Agency (JICA) endorsed about 52.5bn/- to finance the construction.
“The engineering design and preparation of tender documents has been completed land acquisition and preparation for relocation of utilities from the construction sites are in progress and the physical work for construction will be begin in January next year,” Iyombe announced.
In another development, the Permanent Secretary said the Kigamboni Bridge and its approach roads are to be completed by September 2015. He did however not that progress is much slower than expected only 35 percent has been completed instead of the targeted 65 percent.
“This construction will be delayed up to eight months. The delays are associated with land acquisition and actual change of position of the bridge,” he explained.
With regards to approach roads on the Kurasini side of the bridge, he said ‘clearing is completed and rock dumping is now ongoing and construction of the main box culvert is also in progress.’ Commenting on the projects, Japanese ambassador to Tanzania Masaki Okada said Tanzania’s long term vision enshrined in the Development Vision 2025 calls for achieving sustainable and shared growth that will lead to improved livelihood.
Noting that the Transport sector Investment Plan Phase I had the transport budget mostly allocated to trunk and regional roads he said:
“The government will have to make hard decisions for the next budget: first, to realign development expenditures in line with the Big Results Now (BRN) initiatives while securing essential non BRN expenditures and second, implement an innovative infrastructure development fund and third, resolve once and for all the problem of unfunded contractual obligations in the road subsector.”